Former All-American leads Eagles
Friday, September 21, 2007
By Stefanie Trent
38 years under the direction of Randy Heath, Oklahoma Christian
University recently hired a new cross country coach. Wayne Strohman
now holds the reigns for the Eagles cross country program, becoming the
fourth head coach in 43 years.
Strohman attended Oklahoma Christian from 1990-1994 where he ran
cross country and track and field under Heath. He always wanted to come
back to Oklahoma Christian to coach and work in the athletic
“The opportunity came to move back and I always thought it would be
great to come back and make a difference and give back to the
university by making a difference in kid’s lives,” Strohman said.
In his time at Oklahoma Christian, Strohman earned five NAIA
All-American honors at Oklahoma Christian with two earned in cross
“When I was a student here and looking back on it, I was meant to be at
Oklahoma Christian at that time in my life,” Strohman said. “Just the
experience and direction is what I needed to become the person I wanted
Strohman qualified for nationals in cross country all four years as
an Eagle and won the District 9 Championship three years in a row. In
1992 and 1993 at cross country nationals he placed 23rd and 21st,
respectively, earning All-American honors.
In 1993 Strohman ran on the 3200 meter relay team that finished
third at the indoor track and field nationals. His senior year he
placed second at outdoor nationals in the 1,000 meter run, setting a
new school record with a time of 29:25.51.
“Wayne had a lot of versatility, Heath said. “He would have to train for the specific group of the events he wanted to do.”
During his time at Oklahoma Christian, Strohman put most of his focus
on training and his athletic endeavors, but still found time for his
studies. The NAIA named him a Scholar-Athlete in 1993 and 1994.
“I was more into the athletic than anything else,” Strohman said. “I
worked really hard to become the best athlete I could. I worked hard
and studied hard.”
While at Oklahoma Christian Strohman also had the opportunity to
compete internationally on the NAIA All-Star Track and Field Team in
He majored in physical education while attending Oklahoma Christian
said some of his favorite professors were Max Dobson and men’s
basketball coach Dan Hays.
After graduating from Oklahoma Christian, Strohman went on to attend
Pittsburgh State University where he served as a graduate assistant
coach and earned his master’s degree in physical education. Then, he
moved to Wichita, Kansas to train with a post collegiate team of
runners. There he met his wife.
After being in Wichita for five years, he and his wife moved to Kansas
City for five years. During this time, he won multiple events as a
competitive runner and holds the Kansas state record in the 12K and
In 2004, Oklahoma Christian inducted Strohman into its athletic hall of fame.
In addition to heading the cross country program, Strohman will assist
Heath with the track and field teams. He also serves as director of
Oklahoma Christian’s fitness programs while pursuing a doctorate in
kinesiology and sports administration from Texas Women’s University.
Strohman has lead the men’s cross country team to a No. 24 national ranking
and a No. 1 ranking in District 9. The Lady Eagles are ranked No. 3 in