Jason Maus is in his ninth season as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at Ohio Northern.
In his eight seasons at ONU, the men’s teams have a 852-176 record, a winning percentage of .829, and five Ohio Athletic Conference crown's, while the women’s teams have compiled a 687-316 record, a winning percentage of .685, and have won six OAC titles.
In 2016, the ONU men finished with a 114-20 record and placed first at the OAC Championships and the women were fourth at the OAC Championships and finished with a 49-49 record.
Maus led the Polar Bear cross country teams to dual OAC Championship titles and a combined 236-61 record in 2011, as the men went 103-33 and the women went 133-28.
Maus and his coaching staff have also been named Women's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and Men's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, 2015 and 2016.
Maus was named the All-Ohio Division III Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015 after guiding Northern to a first place finish at the All-Ohio Championships.
He led the 2016 squad to its second best ever finish in school history at the NCAA III Championships in Louisville, Ky., as Northern finished finished 14 of 32 teams.
He is no stranger to the Polar Bear program as he was also as an assistant cross country and track & field at ONU from 2002-08, where he coached the distance runners and was the recruiting coordinator.
He came to ONU from Heidelberg, where he was a three-time Academic All-American in track and cross country.
Maus was a two-time OAC Champion in track and a two-time All-OAC honoree in cross country.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg in 2002 and his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in 2005.
Maus was part of the OAC Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and Men’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Maus is in his second season as Division III President of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
He also serves as a lecturer in the business college at ONU. Maus is USATF Level I and Level II certified in distance and throws.
He and his wife, Lindsey, live in Ada with their sons, Hayden and Jackson.
Cross Country under Maus
Casey Gantt is in his ninth season as the assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country and track & field.
He helped coach Josh Colbert to the national title in the long jump at the 2014 NCAA III Outdoor Championships.
Gantt also helped coach Emily Richards to the national title in the 800-meter run at the 2016 NCAA III Outdoor Championships.
He coached Kelsey Commager to the 2017 Indoor and Outdoor National Meets in the triple jump.
He also received Female Assistant Coach of the Year honors after being a part of the back-to-back OAC Female Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
Gant was also named 2016 Outdoor Great Lakes Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Gantt started at ONU in early 2011 as the recruiting assistant before taking over the assistant role. He brings coaching experience as a volunteer coach at Carthage College and from Grayslake Central High School (Ill.).
Additionally, Gantt has a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State, where he was a four-year varsity and multiple time All-Conference athlete. He was also named an scholar athlete and was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Gantt earned his Master’s Degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy. Gantt has also earned his USATF Level 1 certification.
Gant has USTFCCCA Event Specialist Certifications in sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps.
He also has his USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning certification.
Gantt and his wife Erin reside in Lima with their son Michael, and daughter Emily.