Marcus Whitehead enters his fifth season as Trinity's head track & field coach in the 2016-17 campaign.
Seven Tiger student-athletes have competed in the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships under Coach Whitehead's leadership. Included on the list is George Warren, who was an NCAA men's high jumper in 2013 and 2014. Britney Sullivan competed in the 2015 and 2016 NCAA women's triple jump event. Also representing Trinity in 2016 were Cody Hall, in the men's 110-meter hurdles; and Matt Love, in the men's discus.
Trinity's men have won four consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and the women have captured three SCAC titles in four years. Coach Whitehead and his assistants have been elected SCAC Men's and Women's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013, 2015, and 2016; and the Men's Staff of the Year in 2014. Trinity student-athletes were named SCAC Athletes of the Year, and Newcomers of the Year, a total of 13 times since the 2013 season. Taylor Piske was designated as a 2016 SCAC Man of the Year finalist.
Coach Whitehead served as a full-time Trinity assistant during the 2011-12 academic year, and was a part-time coach the previous season. He holds a Level 1 Coaching Certificate from USA Track & Field.
During his collegiate days, Coach Whithead was a standout student-athlete at Southwestern Oregon Community College, and Eastern Washington University. Coach Whitehead earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and social studies from Eastern Washington in December 2007, where he was a member of the Dean's List.
Coach Whitehead received numerous track & field honors at Eastern Washington, including that of team captain. He was a member of the NCAA Division I All-West Region 4x400-meter relay team, which set a school record.
At Southwestern Oregon, where he received an Associate of Arts degree in general studies in 2004, Coach Whitehead was an All-American in the 400 meters, as well as being a school record-holder. In addition, Coach Whtehead, a team captain, was a key member of the 4x400-meter relay record-holding unit.
Coach Whithead earned a Master of Science degree in physical education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2010. The emphasis of the degree was in athletic administration. He supervised and managed physical education facilities, and taught numerous activitiy classes.
He was the sprints coach at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, in 2008, and coached two Class 4A state champion relay teams, and a Nevada champion 300-meter hurdler. Coach Whitehead's Green Valley sprinters set five school record during his tenure. He later coached sprints and hurdles at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, and assisted with the distance runners. The Sierra Vista sprinters established two school records with his guidance.
Coach Whitehead and his wife, Jennifer, reside in San Antonio. They have a daughter, Addison, born in 2016.