Coach Whittaker is in his second season as head track and field coach.
Under Whittaker's leadership, the women finished seventh while the men placed eighth at the 2017 KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. During the 2017 KCAC Outdoor Championships, the women placed fifth and the men finished eighth. OU had 14 indoor All-KCAC performers and 20 outdoor All-KCAC performers. Bryanna Music was named All-American in the weight throw (indoor) and hammer throw (outdoor). Music and Chisholm Branscum were named Daktronic Scholar Athletes.
the Braves finished with 14 All-KCAC performers during the indoor season with Bryanna Music earning NAIA All-American honors in the weight throw. OU had 20 student-athletes earn All-KCAC honors.
Before coming to OU, Whittaker was the interim head track and field coach at Goshen College, spending the previous five years as the sprints, hurdles, and jumps coach for the Maple Leafs. He coached Goshen’s first ever NAIA All-American in the high jump.
While coaching at GC, Whittaker worked as an elementary physical education teacher as well as sports performance coach for Goshen High School. He also offered personal training sessions, specializing primarily in sports performance for athletes.
Whittaker holds numerous certifications from USA Track and Field. He holds basic Level 1 certification, a Level 2 certification in jumping events and a Level 2 certification in sprints, hurdles, and relays. Whittaker is an instructor for the USATF Coaching Education Program, which establishes a common ground amongst coaches by developing a language specific to the track and field coaching community. The program covers all events in a straightforward manner by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, and instruction techniques.
Whittaker is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has coached track and field at every level from middle school to the collegiate ranks and his athletes have set several school records.
A 2005 graduate of Goshen College, he competed for four years as a sprinter and hurdler, and qualified for the NAIA national championships as a 110M Hurdler. In 2012, he received a master’s degree in sports science and coaching education from Ohio University.
Coach Stenuf is in his first season as an assistant coach with the OU track and field program.
Stenuf brings valuable experience from his resume of coaching stints, including time spent at Duke University as a member of the coaching staff that guided the program's first-ever, indoor, sub-four-minute miler and sub-14-minute 5,000m runner. He also worked with the University of Connecticut women's cross country team that finished eighth at the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships. This led to the honor of Big East Cross Country Staff of the Year. He also helped lead the men's indoor track and field team to the Big East Championship in 2012-13.
In addition, Stenuf earned his master’s degree in sports management from Florida State University while serving as the graduate assistant for the cross country and track and field teams.
Stenuf graduated Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. He competed in both cross country and track for the Golden Flyers, becoming the school’s first three-season All-American. Stenuf earned All-American honors once in cross country and twice in both indoor and outdoor track and field. His impressive list of accolades also includes being named the Empire 8 Conference Runner of the Year on five occasions after becoming the Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year. Stenuf was also tabbed the 2006 Atlantic Region Outdoor Runner of the Year.
Throughout his coaching career, Stenuf has continued to compete and successfully qualified for three U.S. Track & Field Championships in the 800 and 1500 Meters.
Coach Mahoney is in his first season as a graduate assistant with the OU cross country and track and field programs.
Before coming to Ottawa University, Mahoney was the head cross country and spring track and field coach at Weehawken High School. There he started up the program, recruiting students from within the high school to participate. Mahoney taught the sports to newcomers and trained them in all events. He handled scheduling and meet entries, travel, and fundraised for equipment and uniforms.
Mahoney graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2015 with a bachelor of science in business management. There he was a four year member of the cross country team and spent three years as a member of the track team. Mahoney is a member of the Garden State Track Club and has USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification.
Mahoney is getting his masters in business administration from Ottawa University.
Coach Hooks is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach with the OU cross country and track programs.
Hooks was a four year letterman for the Braves, earning All-KCAC honors in the shot put, hammer, and weight throw. He holds the school record in the hammer with a toss of 148-05.
Hooks graduated from Ottawa University in May of 2017.