A staple on the collegiate cross country and track and field club scene for the last four years, Michael Nussa enters his third year at Tulane as a graduate assistant, assisting Eric Peterson and his staff in a variety of roles.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Nussa comes to the Big Easy after having graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a degree in economics.
While in Bloomington, Nussa was heavily involved with the IU Run Club, wearing multiple hats during his tenure with the organization. He was an athlete for three years, competing in multiple National Championships. He also served as the president of the club for two years, while also coaching the team for one year.
As an athlete, Nussa placed third at the 2012 NIRCA Cross Country National Championship in 2012 while helping his team finish second in the event. During the 2012 season, he also served as the coach of the team. He posted a time of 25:12 during the 2011 NIRCA Cross Country National Championship for Cross Country in Charlotte, N.C., in 2011, leading his team to a sixth place finish.
In 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the IU Run Club squad that earned NIRCA Cross Country Regional Championships.
In addition to his accolades as athlete/coach for the men during the 2012 season, Nussa also coached the women to a second place finish at the NIRCA Cross Country Regional Championship and a fifth place finish at the national championship in 2012. One year later, his squad notched five second place finishes at the 2013 NIRCA Road and Track National Championship.
At Tulane, Nussa will assist Peterson and his staff during practice, while also working on practice preparation, travel accommodations, home meet management and recruiting in addition to collaborating with the preparation of the Tulane Athletics 5K.
Nussa has been accepted into the Freeman School of Business at Tulane.