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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-7969
Adrian Wheatley comes to Illinois following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Virginia, where he worked with the sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams. At Illinois, Wheatley will serve primarily as the sprints and hurdles coach.
While at Virginia, Wheatley's athletes were successful on and off the track. In his three years at UVA, Wheatley guided athletes to two indoor All-American honors and three outdoor All-American honors. He had 11 regional qualifiers, three ACC champions and 16 All-ACC award winners. Wheatley's hurdlers broke school records in the 60mh, 110mh and 400mh hurdles for the men's and women's programs. Off the track, his athletes have been honored with six All-ACC Academic Team accolades and five USTFCCCA All-Academic Team certificates.
Prior to coming to Virginia, Wheatley served as an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Austin Peay State University and the College of Charleston. During that time, Wheatley coached six conference champions, seven all-conference performers, four NCAA Regional Qualifiers and one NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifier.
Wheatley's athletic achievements include an impressive high school track career at Thomas Worthington High School, in Worthington, Ohio. Wheatley was heavily recruited by the University of Tennessee to run the 400m hurdles and 800m. Wheatley was a three-time All-SEC performer (1999, 2001, 2002), a two-time NCAA All-American (2001, 2002) and was a member of the school record breaking 4x400m relay team, running a time of 3:03.32.
While at Tennessee, Wheatley was a member of the Volunteers' 2001 NCAA Championship team, the 2002 NCAA runner-up squad and back-to-back SEC Championship teams. He was also elected team captain by his teammates in 2000 and was named the EdSouth's Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002.
Wheatley graduated from Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban planning in the spring of 2002. He currently resides in Urbana with his wife, Hollie, and two children, Avonmore and Roguen.