BDHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Of 2021: Mark Furdek

MARK FURDEK
Coach
1973-2003

Mark Furdek has been involved in Beaver Dam athletics for over 40 years. Mark was the
Head Football Coach, and the Head Track & Field Coach at Beaver Dam High School.

From 1975 to 1984, Mark was the Head Track & Field Coach at Beaver Dam High School,
where he helped develop the program into one of the elite track teams within the Wisconsin
Little Ten Conference. Mark’s teams won the Conference Championship in 1983 and 1984.
The 1984 team was arguably one of the best track team’s in school history. It won the
conference championship, and had athletes set new school records in 12 different events, as
well as numerous conference records. The 1984 team won both the WIAA Division 1
Regional championship and the WIAA Division 1 Sectional championship. Several of his
athletes placed at the 1984 WIAA Division 1 State Track Meet.

Mark also served as the Head Football Coach from 1997-2003. His 1997 and 2003 teams
qualified for the WIAA Division 2 State Tournament. Before assuming the head coach duties,
Mark was instrumental as an assistant coach in the program’s dominance throughout the
1970s and early 1980s. Mark was part of the coaching staff that won the 1979 WIAA
Division 2 State Championship, and advanced to the 1982 state playoff semi-finals.
Perhaps Mark’s biggest legacy to Beaver Dam football occurred in 1997, when he founded
the Beaver Dam Youth Football organization, which provides countless number of children in
grades 3-6 the opportunity to play organized tackle football within the Beaver Dam
community.

Mark taught biology at Beaver Dam High School from 1973-2005. He was selected as the
High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 by the Beaver Dam Unified School District. Mark
continues to serve on board of directors of various education and athletic organizations
within Beaver Dam, including the Beaver Dam Scholarship Committee, Beaver Dam Youth
Football, and the Beaver Dam Flat Tail Foundation.

Mark is a graduate of Cudahy High School. He received his Bachelors degree in education
from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he also earned 4 varsity letters in
football, and was named Team Captain his senior year. Mark later earned his Master’s
degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.