Jason Maus enters his 11th season as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at Ohio Northern.
In ten seasons at ONU, he has guided the men’s cross country teams to a 1,075-242 record, a .816 win percentage, and four Ohio Athletic Conference crowns, while the women’s cross country teams have compiled an 875-383 record, a .696 win percentage, and three OAC titles.
During the 2018 season, the men's program recorded its 14th straight top-three effort at the OAC Championships and posted a 97-29 overall record under Maus's direction. Meanwhile, the women's program captured its 17th successive OAC upper-division finish and recorded a 94-30 overall record.
In addition, he coached Ian McVey to his second consecutive All-America honor at the NCAA Championships in Winneconne, Wis., during the 2018 campaign.
Maus and his coaching staff have been named the OAC Women's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and the OAC Men's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
He was also tabbed 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. In addition, he and his coaching staff were named the 2017 All-Ohio Men's Coaching Staff of the Year following the team's first-place finish in Cedarville.
In 2017, Maus guided the men's cross country team to its third consecutive OAC title, marking the first time a cross country team has won three titles in a row in school history.
He also led the 2016 squad to its second-best national championship finish in program history at the NCAA Division III Championships in Louisville, Ky., as Northern finished finished 14th in a 32-team field before his 2017 squad finished 19th in a 32-team field.
Maus led the Ohio Northern cross country teams to dual OAC Championship titles and a combined 236-61 record in 2011 after the men finished 103-33 and the women ended 133-28.
He is no stranger to the Polar Bear program, having served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at ONU from 2002-08, where he coached the distance runners and was the recruiting coordinator.
Maus came to Ohio Northern from Heidelberg where he was a three-time Academic All-American in cross country and track & field. He was also 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 previous served as the Division III President of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for two seasons.
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 11th season as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country and track & field at Ohio Northern.
In 2014, he coached Josh Colbert to a national title in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
He also guided Kelsey Commager to the 2017 indoor and outdoor national championships in the triple jump.
Gantt was named the outdoor All-Great Lakes Region Female Assistant Coach of the Year during the 2016 campaign.
He has been recognized on the OAC Men's Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and the OAC Women's Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, he was a member of the OAC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2017 for the men's and women's track and field programs.
Gantt started at ONU in early 2011 as a recruiting assistant before taking over the assistant coach role. He brings coaching experience from his time as a volunteer coach at Carthage College and from Grayslake Central High School (Ill.).
Gantt received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State where he was a four-year varsity letterman and multiple-time All-Conference athlete. He was 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 USTFCCCA Event Specialist Certifications in the sprint, hurdles, relay, and jump events. He also has earned a USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning certification and a USATF Level 1 certification.
Gantt and his wife Erin reside in Lima with their son, Michael, and daughter, Emily.