Marcus Whitehead is in his eighth season as Trinity’s head track & field coach.
Since his appointment prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, 15 Tiger student-athletes have competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor and Indoor Track & Field Championships. Eight of those student-athletes have earned All-America accolades. Included on the All-America list are 2019 women’s standouts Molly McCullough (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Abigail Bannon-Schneebeck (400-meter hurdles).
McCullough was elected the 2019 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Woman of the Year, while Blair Walker was a finalist for the SCAC Man of the Year award.
A school-record nine Trinity student-athletes competed in the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Cody Hall placed second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles for All-America honors, while Matt Love finished eighth in the discus for an All-America performance. Britney Sullivan competed in her fourth consecutive Outdoor Championships and became an All-American in the women’s triple jump. Sullivan was elected the 2018 SCAC Woman of the Year, and Love was a finalist for the SCAC Man of the Year kudos.
The 2017 season produced Trinity’s first track & field All-Americans since the 2010 slate. 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 an All-America seventh-place finisher at the NCAA Outdoor women’s triple jump event.
Trinity’s women’s team won its fifth consecutive SCAC Championship at the 2019 meet, and the sixth in Coach Whitehead’s tenure. The Tiger men captured four straight conference titles from 2013-2016.
Coach Whitehead and his assistant coaches have been elected the SCAC Women’s Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year on five straight occasions from 2015-2019, and six overall. The Tiger mentors have also been tabbed as the Men’s Staff of the Year four times.
Sixteen Trinity student-athletes have been named as SCAC Athletes of the Year and Newcomers of the Year since the 2013 season. The latest honorees were posted in 2019, with McCullough tabbed as the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, and Sean Majors named as Men’s Newcomer of the Year.
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.