Mike Mayerske
Biographical details
Born(1942-09-24)September 24, 1942
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 28, 2022(2022-10-28) (aged 80)
Playing career
1961–1962Coffeyville CC
1963–1964Pittsburg State
Position(s)Running back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966–1969St. Joseph HS (IN) (assistant)
1970–1971Marian HS (IN)
1972–1976Concord HS (IN)
1977–1981Columbus HS (KS)
1983Pittsburg State (assistant)
1984Pittsburg State
1985Pittsburg State (DS)
Head coaching record

Michael Richard Mayerske (September 24, 1942 – October 28, 2022)[1] was an American football coach. He was the 11th head football coach at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, serving as interim head coach in 1984, and compiling a record of 5–4.[2][3]

Early years

A native of Pennsylvania, Mayerske played high school football for Redstone High School from 1957 to 1960. After graduating, he received a scholarship in track and football from Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas.[4] In September 1962, Mayerske ranked fifth in the nation for junior colleges in rushing.[5] He transferred to Kansas State University of Pittsburg in 1963, and was an all-conference running back with the team.[3]

Coaching career

After graduating, Mayerske accepted a coaching position at St. Joseph High School as track coach and assistant football coach.[4] He left for Marian High School in 1970, and was named head football coach at Concord High School in 1972.[6] When he joined Concord, the school was in a 23-game losing streak. He coached them for five years, and led them to a winning record in each season.[7] At Concord, he was also assistant dean of students, a physical education teacher, track coach, and supervisor of the intramural program.[8]

He was named head coach at Columbus High School in 1977.[7] He remained with the team for five years, before being fired in 1981 after a locker room incident in which he reportedly injured a student.[9] In 1983, after being out of coaching for a year, he was hired by his alma mater, Pittsburg State University, as an assistant coach.[3] He was named offensive coordinator in January 1984, but was promoted to head coach after they did not renew the contract of Bruce Polen.[3][10] He returned to the team in 1985 as defensive secondary coach after compiling a 5–4 record as head coach, and retired the following year.[11]

Family and later years

Mayerske married Kaylene Gay Banzet in August 1963 at Coffeyville, Kansas.[12]


Mayerske passed away on October 28, 2022 at the age of 80.[13]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pittsburg State Gorillas (Central States Intercollegiate Conference) (1984)
1984 Pittsburg State 5–4 4–3 T–4th
Pittsburg State: 5–4 4–3
Total: 5–4


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  2. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Pittsburg State University Gorillas all-time coaching records
  3. ^ a b c d "Pittsburg St. names interim grid boss". The Salina Journal. June 13, 1984. p. 17. Retrieved October 4, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Redstone Athlete Gets Coaching Post". The Morning Herald. July 20, 1966 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  5. ^ "Untitled". The Evening Standard. September 5, 1962 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  6. ^ Mishler, Earl (August 30, 1972). "New Coach The Favorite". The South Bend Tribune – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  7. ^ a b "Untitled". The Iola Register. June 17, 1977 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  8. ^ "Marian High Adds 15 to Staff". The South Bend Tribune. September 17, 1970. p. 41 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Mayerske to appeal". The Iola Register. November 24, 1981 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  10. ^ "Mayerske replaces Polen at PSU". The Parsons Sun. Associated Press. June 13, 1984. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Untitled". The Wichita Eagle. April 16, 1985 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  12. ^ "Kaylene G. Banzet Bride Of Michael R. Mayerske". The Morning Herald. September 6, 1963. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Michael R. Mayerske Obituary - Kansas City, MO". Dignity Memorial.