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 the 2016-17 season, Maus led the Polar Bear men's team to a second place finish at the OAC Outdoor Championships and a second place finish at the OAC Indoor Championships. He also led the women's team to a second place finish at the OAC Indoor Championships and a championship title at the OAC Outdoor Championships.
In his eight seasons as head coach, Maus has led the men’s program to three conference championship titles (three indoor) and the women’s program to one indoor title and one outdoor title. He has also coached two National Champions as head coach at Ohio Northern. Josh Colbert, who won the outdoor long jump National Championship in 2014 and Emily Richards who is a 5-time National Champion. Richards won the 800-meter run at the 2016 Outdoor National meet before claiming the 800 and 1-mile run national titles at the 2017 Indoor National meet and the 800 and 1,500-meter run titles at the 2017 Outdoor National meet.
Maus coached Richards to an eighth place finish at the 2017 USA Championships in the 800-meter run in Sacramento, Cal.
Maus and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year on both the men's and women's side at the 2014-15 OAC Outdoor Championships.
Maus and his staff also swept the 2017 Coaching Staff of the Year awards on the women's side of the meet after claiming the honors during both the indoor and outdoor conference championships.
Maus earned Female Coach of the Year honors in the 2016 outdoor season after leading the women's team to a first place regional ranking.
He also garnered Outdoor All-Great Lakes Region Female Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Polar Bears to a conference title and leading Northern to its best team finish in school history at the national meet.
He is no stranger to the Polar Bear program as he was also as an assistant cross country and track & field at ONU from 2002-09, 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, 2008 and 2016.
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.
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Casey Gantt is in his tenth 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.
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 a 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.
Stephan Johnson is in his fourth season as Assistant Track & Field coach for the Ohio Northern men's & women's track & field teams.
Johnson helped guide Maddy Reed to two All-American seasons during the 2017 indoor and outdoor campaigns.
Reed posted third place finishes at both the outdoor and indoor National Championships.
Johnson brings experience as a former track & field student-athlete and coach at Baldwin-Wallace. As a student-athlete he was an 8 time Conference Qualifier in the pole vault and a Conference Champion in outdoor in 2007. He also participated in the javelin where he was a Conference Qualifier. As a coach he worked closely with the jumps coach to further skill development of female vaulter's. He also assisted in the recruiting process while at Baldwin-Wallace.
Before coming to Ohio Northern he volunteered at Mount Union College where he worked with pole vault and long jump.
Johnson graduated from Baldwin-Wallace with a Bachelors degree in Biology in May 2007. He earned his Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame in May 2011.
He currently resides in Ada.
The Ohio Northern track and field program added another asset to its successful staff as Molly Cummings has been named an assistant coach for the Polar Bears.
Cummings is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Polar Bears.
She joins the Polar Bears after a 3-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Marian (Ind.) University, where she coached the hurdlers and was also responsible for the fall training of all sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
During her three seasons at Marian, Cummings guided Taylor Killings to two National Championship titles in the Indoor 60-meter hurdles and one National Championship title in the Outdoor 110-meter hurdles.
She helped 18 other student-athletes qualify for the National meet in the sprints, hurdle, javelin and combined-events and 15 of those student-athletes to break Marian school records.
Prior to her stint at Marian, Cummings served as the graduate assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands University for two years where she served as the hurdles and combined events coach, while also guiding high jump and pole vault.
She coached two All-Americans during her time at New Mexico Highlands University, in the long jump and 200-meter dash, while also guiding 14 National qualifiers in the pentathlon, heptathlon, sprint hurdles, pole vault and high jump. Cummings left NMHU with her Masters of Arts in Sports Administration in 2014.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Anderson University (Ind.), Cummings began her coaching career serving as an assistant coach for the Ravens from 2008-2009 in the horizontal jumps. She also served as an assistant coach at Marian from 2009-2010 where she helped with sprints, hurdles and jumps.
She is USATF Level II certified in throws, combined events, sprints, hurdles and relays.
"The opportunity to join this tremendous and dedicated coaching staff at Ohio Northern University thrills me to no end as I have always carried much respect for this program, the Ohio Athletic Conference and the student-athletes that accomplish so much in both their academics and athletics at ONU," said Cummings. "Having grown up in this area as well, it feels great to return and be a part of the continued ascension of a program with such a strong tradition. I am very thankful to Coach Maus and the rest of the coaching staff for extending me this opportunity."
"We are very excited to add Molly to our staff," said head coach Jason Maus. "She brings valuable experience, enthusiasm, and perspective to our program and coaching staff. She has tremendous experience coaching hurdles and sprints, and we are looking forward to building upon the success of our sprinters and hurdlers."