In his first three seasons at UC, Coach Smalley has led 24 student-athletes to qualifying spots in the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championship meets. During 2008-09 season, Smalley's teams broke or established 32 New School Records, finished with a 32-11 overall invitational record, and placed 5th in the AMC Outdoor Championship Meet.
Prior to coming to Ursuline, Smalley coached at Ashland High School where he received the honor of being named the Division I Ohio Heartland Conference "Coach of the Year" five times, coached teams to three OHSAA Division I District Titles, one OHSAA Division I Regional Title, and led several athletes to the OHSAA State meet including multiple-time State Throws Champion and NCAA Division I Discus Champion Beth Mallory Lesch (Alabama). Smalley also developed and coached the Lane One Youth Track & Field program which produced many athletes that competed in the USATF National Championships.
Coach Smalley received a Master’s Degree in Sport Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from Ashland University. Smalley resides in Wadsworth, OH with his wife Christine and three children Candace, Clay, and Seth.
Keith Whitman took over as the Head Coach of the Ursuline’s Cross Country Program in 2010. He also serves as an Assistant Coach for the Arrows Track & Field Program.
Whitman, who specializes in distance, brings years of experience to the program. He has spent time coaching at the high school level at Magnificat High School, Southeast Middle School, and Theodore Roosevelt High School. He has collegiate experience at Muskingum College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kent State University, Baldwin-Wallace College.
A Student-Athlete at Kent State University, Whitman graduated with his Bachelor in Physical Education and his Masters in Sports Administration. While at Kent State he was a scholarship varsity athlete on the Track & Field team. A member of the school-record holding 3200-meter relay team, Whitman finished 4th in the conference in the 1000-meter indoor race, 5th in the conference 1500-meter outdoor race, and 6th in the conference 1500-meter indoor race.
Among his coaching success stories, he has guided four NCAA Division II National Qualifiers, two NCAA Division II All-Americans, four NCAA Division III national qualifiers, three Ohio Athletic Conference Champions, and four NCAA Division III All-Ohio Champions in track. In 1999, UNK’s Men's Cross Country Team earned 14th place finish at the NCAA championships. He also coached five Individual Academic All-Americans in Cross Country at UNK.
Whitman served in US Army Reserve from 1988-1996 as a member of the 682 Heavy Maintenance Company in Revenna, Ohio, where he achieved the rank of Specialist (E-4).
Hannah Weide recently joined the Ursuline coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the Track and Field team in September of 2010. Weide, who graduated from Spring Arbor University in May 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Exercise Science: Recreation Management and a minor in Business Administration, will assist Coach Smalley and Coach Whitman with the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams.
Previously to attending Spring Arbor, Weide attended Indiana State University for two years. While there, she ranked in the schools Top-10 All-Time in the: 600m (1:35.41) 800m (2:15.67) 4x400 (3:53.25) DMR (11:49.24). While at Spring Arbor, Weide was part of multiple national teams, most recently earning All-American status in March 2010 for the Indoor NAIA Nationals 4x800. Weide has also been awarded Champion of Characters two consecutive years (2009-2010).
Weide is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attended Homestead High School where she ran and holds school records in the 100m (12.23); 800m (2:16.87); 4x400 (3:56.83); and 4x800(9:22.71). She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia Irvine as well as obtaining her NASM Personal Training Certification.