Marcus Whitehead is in his sixth season as Trinity’s head track & field coach.
Since his appointment prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, nine Tiger student-athletes have competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor and Indoor Track & Field Championships,on 17 occasions.
The 2017 season produced Trinity’s first track & field All-Americans since the 2010 slate. Cody Hall placed fourth in the NCAA men’s 60-meters race at the NCAA Indoor Championships and later was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Outdoor Championships. Ayriel Coleman was a seventh-place finisher at the NCAA Outdoor women’s triple jump event.
Six members of the Tiger track & field team earned bids to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, tying a school record for the largest number of competitors at the event. Britney Sullivan made her third consecutive appearance in the women’s Outdoor Championships. Sullivan also competed in the Indoor Championships for the second straight time.
Trinity’s men’s team won four consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships from 2013-2016, and placed second at the 2017 meet. The Tiger women have captured three straight SCAC Championships, including in 2017 and in 2013.
Coach Whitehead and his assistant coaches have been elected the SCAC Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013, 2015, and 2016. The Tiger mentors have also been tabbed as the 2014 Men’s Staff of the Year and the 2017 Women’s Staff of the Year.
Trinity student-athletes have been named SCAC Athletes of the Year, and Newcomers of the Year a total of 15 times since the 2013 season. The latest honorees were Matt Love, the 2017 SCAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year; and Ayriel Coleman, the conference Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Year. Taylor Piske was named a 2016 SCAC Man of the Year finalist.
Coach Whitehead was a full-time Trinity assistant coach during the 2011-12 season and was a part-time coach the previous year. He holds a Level 1 Coaching Certificate from USA Track & Field.
He 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 and qualified for the Dean’s List. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Southwestern Oregon in general studies in 2004.
Coach Whitehead was team captain at Eastern Washington and was a member of the NCAA Division I All-West Region 4x400-meter relay team. He also earned All-America honors in the 400 meters at Southwestern Oregon.
He earned a Master of Science degree in physical education from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2010,with a focus on athletic administration. He also managed physical education facilities and taught activity classes.
Coach Whitehead was the sprints coach at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, in 2008. He coached two Class 4A state champion relay teams and guided a runner to the 300-meter hurdles title. Coach Whitehead’s Green Valley sprinters set five school records during his tenure.
He later coached sprints and hurdles at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and assisted with the distance runners. The Sierra Vista runners set two school records with his leadership.
Coach Whitehead and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Addison, born in 2016.