Orange and Blue will compete against six other teams
Illini assistant coach named Midwest Men's Assistant Coach of the Year
Stryganek makes final in both 100m and 200m
Illini Return Five All-Americans
Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013
Contact Coach Wheatley at email@example.com or 217-333-7969
Adrian Wheatley is in his fourth year at Illinois and has built a foundation of success in the men's sprints, hurdles, relays, and horizontal jumps. Since joining the Illini, he has coached 22 All-Americans, 30 NCAA qualifiers, 41 Regional Qualifiers, 11 Big Ten champions, and 32 All-Big Ten finishers. His guidance has helped rewrite Illinois history with 37 of his athletes now sitting on the top ten performance list in their respective events. In 2013, Wheatley was named USTFCCCA Indoor Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region.
In 2014, DJ Zahn (400m), Cam Viney (400h), Brandon Stryganek (200m) and a 4x400m quartet of Zahn, Joe McAsey, Kenneth Allen and Stephon Pamilton advanced to the Outdoor NCAA National Championship. Zahn covered 400 meters in 45.69, moving him to fifth on the all-time list, while Stryganek ran 20.66 in the 200m placing him second in Illinois history.
At the Outdoor Big Ten Meet, Illinois had two finalists in every sprint and hurdle event with Wheatley's athletes scoring 74 of the team's 109 points. Their effort helped the Illini to a second place team finish, the highest in 20 years. Leading the way for the Illini was Pamilton defending his 400m title with a time of 45.92 with Zahn finished a close second place finish in 45.93. Vainer Joseph defended his 110h title with a time of 13.68 with newcomer David Kendziera coming in fourth with a time of 13.93. Viney led the long hurdle group with a second place finish in 50.99 in 400m hurdles with Kendziera finishing fifth in 51.50. The 4x400 relay finished in second with a time of 3:05.81 and the 4x100 finished in third in a time of 39.72
Vainer Joseph represented the Illini at the NCAA Indoor Championship earning All-American status in the 60h. At the Big Ten Indoor Championship, Pamilton defended his indoor title and the 400m with DJ Zahn finishing second. Pamilton and Zahn also scored in the 200m. Joseph earned a third place finish in the 60h with teammate Viney finishing 7th in the event. Stryganek added points in the 200m and 60m as well. Illinois' 4x400 team of Zahn, Viney, Allen, and Pamilton finished 3rd place earning the group All-Big Ten Honors.
2013 was a banner year for Coach Wheatley's group. At the NCAA Outdoor meet, the 4x400m turned a run of 3:04.83 into a fifth place finish while the 4x100m posted a season best time of 39.34. In the 400m, Juan Paul Green earned 2nd Team All-American honors and earned a second place finish in the 400m at the USA Jr. Championships. Green represented Team USA at the Pan Am Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia bringing home a gold medal for his carry on the men's 4x400m relay. At the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor meet, Illini sprinters came home with two individual titles with Joseph claiming the 110h outdoor championship and Pamilton in the 400m.
During the 2013 indoor season, the 4x400m relay, Pamilton (400m), Joseph (60h) and two members of the Distance Medley Relay team represented the Illini sprints and hurdle crew at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Ryan Lynn (800m) and Pamilton (400m) earned All-American status for their duty on the Distance Medley Relay. Pamilton also earned second team All-American honors in the 400m and anchored the 4x400m team to a ninth place finish. Joseph earned second team All-American n the 60h. Illini sprinters and hurdlers scored 54 of 87.50 points at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships to help the squad to a second-place team finish, the program's highest finish since 2000. Stryganek (60m) and Pamilton (400m) both captured their first Big Ten titles while Joseph finished runner-up in the 60m hurdles.
In his first season at Illinois, Wheatley's 4x100m relay team earned first-team All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championship after winning the Big Ten title. Stanly Azie earned second place at the Big Ten Championships in the 100m as well as Honorable Mention All-American honors in both the 100m and the 200m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Azie concluded his season with a third place finish in 100m at the Nigerian Olympic trials in 2012.
Prior to Illinois, Wheatley coached at the University of Virginia (UVA) and guided athletes to two indoor All-American honors and three outdoor All-American honors. He coached 11 regional qualifiers, 3 ACC Champions and 16 All-ACC award winners. Wheatley's athletes broke every hurdle school record in the book, with Ayla Smith (60h - 8.39, 100h -13.51, 400h - 56.54), Adams Abdulrazaaq (60h -7.75, 110h - 13.66) and Steve Delice (400h - 50.02) all setting new school records. Off the track, his athletes were honored with six All-ACC Academic Team accolades and five USTFCCCA All-Academic Team certificates.
Before UVA, Wheatley served coached 6 conference champions, 7 All-conference performers, 4 NCAA Regional Qualifiers and 1 NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifier at Austin Peay State University and the College of Charleston.
After a successful prep career at Thomas Worthington High School in Ohio, Wheatley ran collegiately at the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the 2001 Outdoor NCAA Championship team, the 2002 Outdoor NCAA Runner-up team, and won back-to-back SEC Outdoor Championships in 2001 and 2002. He earned All-American honors in 2001 and 2002 running legs on the 4x400 relays. In addition to All-American honors, Wheatley earned three All-Southeast Conference (SEC) finishes (1999) in the 800m and (2001 & 2002) in the 4x400 and was a part of a school record setting 4x400m relay, running 3:02.13, a record that still stands today. He was elected the team captain by his teammates in 2000 and was named the EdSouth's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002. He graduated with a B.A. in Urban Planning. Wheatley resides in Champaign with his wife and three children.
Updated August 2014