Jason Maus enters his 10th season as the head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at Ohio Northern.
In the 2017-18 season, Maus led the Polar Bear women's team to the OAC Outdoor Championships team title and a second place finish at the OAC Indoor Championships. The women would go on to finish third at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships, their highest placing in school history at the national indoor meet. He also led the men's team to a pair of third place finishes at the OAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
In his nine seasons as head coach, Maus has led the men’s program to three indoor conference championship titles and the women’s program to two outdoor titles and an indoor title. He has also coached three National Champions as head coach at Ohio Northern: Josh Colbert, who won the outdoor long jump National Championship in 2014; Matt Molinaro, who claimed the indoor 800 meter title in 2018; and Emily Richards, who is a 9-time National Champion. Richards won the 800-meter run at the 2016 Outdoor National Championships 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 national outdoor meet. In 2018, she would go on to sweep the 800 and 1500 meter titles at both the NCAA Indoor Championships and NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Maus also coached Richards to an eighth place finish at the 2017 USA Championships in Sacramento, California in the 800-meter run.
During the 2018 season, he would be tabbed as the Outdoor All-Great Lakes Region Women's Head Coach of the Year.
Maus and his staff were named the conference's 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 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 and field coach at ONU from 2002-09, where he coached the distance runners and served as the recruiting coordinator.
He came to ONU from Heidelberg, where he was a three-time Academic All-American in track and field 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 a national title in the long jump at the 2014 NCAA III Outdoor Championships.
He also coached Kelsey Commager to the 2017 Indoor and Outdoor National Meets in the triple jump.
Gantt 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.
He was also named the 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 coach role. He brings coaching experience from his time 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 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.
Gant has USTFCCCA Event Specialist Certifications in sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps. He also has his USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning certification and USATF Level 1 certification.
Gantt and his wife Erin reside in Lima with their son Michael, and daughter Emily.
Stephan Johnson is in his fifth season as an Assistant Track and Field coach for the Ohio Northern men's and women's track and field teams.
Johnson helped guide senior Maddy Reed to the NCAA Outdoor Championships pole vault title in 2018. She has recorded four consecutive All-American seasons under Johnson's guidance during the 2017 and 2018 indoor and outdoor campaigns.
Reed boasts her national championship title and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships from the 2018 season. She also posted a pair of third-place efforts at both the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships during the 2017 season.
Johnson brings experience as a former track and field student-athlete and coach at Baldwin-Wallace. As a student-athlete, he was an eight-time Conference Qualifier in the pole vault and a Conference Champion in the same event during the 2007 outdoor season. He also participated in the javelin as an athlete and was a Conference Qualifier in the event, too. As a coach, he has worked closely with the jumps coaches to further develop the skills of female pole vaulters. He also has experience in the recruiting process, having been an assistant recruiter while at Baldwin-Wallace.
Before coming to Ohio Northern, the assistant coach volunteered at Mount Union where he worked with the pole vault and long jump events.
Johnson graduated from Baldwin-Wallace with a Bachelor's degree in Biology in May 2007. He earned his Master's of Education from the University of Notre Dame in May 2011.
He currently resides in Ada.
Molly Cummings is now in her second season as an assistant track and field coach for Ohio Northern.
She joined the Polar Bears after a three-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 with 15 of those student-athletes breaking 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."