Ottawa University’s newest face brings a plethora of collegiate running experience.
The Ottawa University cross country and track programs recently announced the hiring of Nick Stenuf as a full-time assistant coach. Stenuf began his OU coaching duties July 10, according to a news release.
“We are beyond thrilled to add Nick to our staff,” Jim Whittaker, OU head cross country and track coach, said. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience from various divisions of the NCAA, including a stint at Florida State when they were national runners-up. During his most recent coaching stops, he helped recruit some of the largest classes in the history of those programs and we are excited about what he can do for ours. He currently helps coach post-collegiate runners in a very prestigious running club. He was one of the best middle-distance runners in the country during his illustrious career, and we look forward to the addition of his knowledge and athletic experience.”
Stenuf brings valuable experience from his resume of coaching stints, including time at Duke University as a member of the coaching staff that guided the program’s first-ever indoor, sub-four-minute miler and sub-14-minute 5,000-meter runner. He also worked with the University of Connecticut women’s cross country team that finished eighth at the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships. This led to the honor of Big East Cross Country Staff of the Year. He also helped lead the men’s indoor track and field team to the Big East Championship in 2012-13, the release said.
In addition, Stenuf earned his master’s degree in sports management from Florida State University while serving as the graduate assistant for the cross country and track and field teams.
Stenuf graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, with a degree in business education. He competed in both cross country and track for the Golden Flyers, becoming the school’s first three-season All-American. Stenuf earned All-American honors once in cross country and twice in both indoor and outdoor track and field. His impressive list of accolades also includes being named the Empire 8 Conference Runner of the Year on five occasions after becoming the Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year. Stenuf also was tabbed the 2006 Atlantic Region Outdoor Runner of the Year, the release said.
Throughout his coaching career, Stenuf continued to compete and successfully qualified for three U.S. Track and Field Championships in the 800- and 1,500-meter races.
“I would like to thank coach James Whittaker, director of athletics Arabie Conner, and the search committee at Ottawa University for the opportunity to join this amazing staff,” Stenuf said in the release. “I am excited to be a part of such a great University and community here at Ottawa. I am looking forward to the working with coach Whittaker as our goals and vision for the program match up very well.”