Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Adrian Wheatley
Adrian Wheatley

Sprints/Hurdles Coach

Third Season

Alma Mater:
Tennessee '02


Illini Open Outdoor Season at Conference Challenge

Orange and Blue will compete against six other teams


Coach Wheatley Earns USTFCCCA Honors

Illini assistant coach named Midwest Men's Assistant Coach of the Year


McAsey Places Fourth at USA Juniors

Stryganek makes final in both 100m and 200m


2012 Men's Track and Field Season Outlook

Illini Return Five All-Americans


Illini Open

Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013

Contact Coach Wheatley at or 217-333-7969

Adrian Wheatley is in his third year at Illinois, coaching primarily the sprints and hurdles.

In March of 2013, Wheatley was named the USTFCCCA Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Midwest Region.

Wheatley had tremendous success in his first season, including his 4x100m relay team (Andrew Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Jade Ackerman, Stanley Azie) winning a Big Ten title and advancing to the NCAA Championships, capturing first-team All-America honors. He also qualified athletes in eight events to the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships while coaching seven athletes into the top-ten of the Illinois school record books. Wheatley was also instrumental in the success of senior Stanley Azie and freshman Brandon Stryganek. Azie represented Nigeria in the 2012 Olympics while also finishing second at the Big Ten Championships in the 100m. Stryganek placed second in the 200m and third in the 60m at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and advanced to the finals of the 100m at the outdoor championships.

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.