OBU Track Coach Ford Mastin's is a nine-time NAIA National Coach of the Year with eight NAIA national championships since starting with the Bison in the 1996-97 seasons.
Highlight years have include 2007 when the women won the Indoor National Championship and the men won the Outdoor National Championship, and 2013 when both men and women's teams captured Indoor National Championships. Along with the Team Championships came National Coach of the Year awards to bring Mastin's total to nine - one each in 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and two in 2007 & 2013.
On the national level, the Lady Bison have won six Team National Championships, have finished as runners-up five times and have two third place finishes. Since the 2005 indoor season, Mastin’s Lady Bison 4x400 meter relay teams have won 16 of a possible 19 relay National Championships, including an incredible 11 titles in a row (outdoor 2007-outdoor 2012). The relay teams’ first miss since 2007 was a runner up finish indoors as the Lady Bison captured the Team National Championship.
The Bison have captured two Team National Championship, have finished as runners-up four times, have twelve third place finishes and have nine national fourth place finishes.
In the Sooner Athletic Conference, The Lady Bison Track teams have dominated, winning the last 16 consecutive conference championships. The women's cross country team has won 13 out of the last 18 SAC titles. The Men's Track team has won 14 out of the last 16 conference championships, including eight in a row, while the Men's cross country teams have won 10 out of the last 18.
Since arriving in 1996-1997, the OBU cross country and track programs have produced more than 400 All-American awards under Mastin, who was named OBU's Most Promising Teacher in 2001. He has garnered countless conference and regional Coach of the Year honors and was inducted in to the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and Oklahoma Baptist University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He won the SAC Coach of Character Award in 2012-13.
Mastin, who has a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Theological seminary and a master of education degree from East Central University, is a third generation Bison – a 1977 graduate of OBU. He lettered in track from 1973-1977 and was Team Captain and Most Valuable athlete in his senior season.
His coaching career began at Texas Christian University as assistant track and head cross country in 1979. He became teacher and coach at Happy Hill Academy in 1980-1981. From 1982-1996, Mastin served as track, cross country, and assistant football coach at Prague High School in Oklahoma. While there, he coached 13 All-State award winners. He was named Oklahoma Track Coach of the year and USA Track and Field representative of Olympic development in Oklahoma in 1994.
Ford and his wife, Terri, have three children, Linsey, Trevor, and Kaeley.
Mark Heard begins his sixth year with the Oklahoma Baptist University Track and Field program directing the pole vault. Heard has 29 years of combined experience coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels.
In Heard's first five years at the helm his pole vaulters have earned 25 NAIA All-American honors including 3 National Champion, and 10 National Runner-Up titles.
The 2012 season saw one the best by Oklahoma Baptist's pole vault corps as the group earned nine All-America honors, including a national champion and three runner-up performances. Indoors the bison women finished with a dominating 1-2 sweep, and the men crowded the podium with four of the eight spots being Bison. Outdoor Nationals saw a continued Bison presence with a runner-up performance on the women's side and a 3-4 finish for the men.
The OBU vault crew of 2011 brought back to Shawnee four All-America spots that included one runner-up performances, that being a school record 5.20M (17-00.75).
The Bison vault crew dominated the competition at the 2010 National Championships. The male vaulters had an extraordinary performance at the 2010 NAIA Outdoor National Championships. With four qualifiers, more than any other school in the nation, Heard's men combined their efforts to produced 20.5 points for the Bison. The Bison vaulters dominated with a 2nd (tie), 2nd (tie), 4th, and 7th place finish earning 3 All American Honors.
Not to be outdone Heard's top female vaulter took home top honors winning the 2010 NAIA Outdoor National Championship. The winning vault of 4.03 meters set a new OBU school record and was the second highest jump in NAIA Championship history.
Heard came to OBU in 2007 with 23 years of coaching experience at the high school level. As the head coach in Elk City, Oklahoma his teams won 9 State Championships and 8 State Runner-Up titles in cross country and track & field, as his athletes produced 85 All-State honors.
With the best pole vault coaching record in Oklahoma high school history Heard's vaulters won 17 state titles and 11 runner-up performances from 1989 to 2010, including 9 straight championships from 1995 to 2003. With a 1-2-3 sweep in 2001 (Elk City boys) and again in 2008 with the Shawnee girls.
Coach Heard's honors include three-time Oklahoma Track Coaches "Coach of the Year", 1995 Oklahoma All-Star Jump Coach, 1996 Oklahoma All-Star Boys Team Head Coach.
Heard has lectured multiple times at the Oklahoma Coaches Clinic, and has directed Pole Vault Academy for the past 26 years.
Mark and his wife Betty have two children Jarrod and Sean.
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He earned three All-America Scholar Athlete awards as well as All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors three times during his OBU career.
Johnson joined the OBU coaching staff in 2004. He was voted Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA Region VI Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and again in 2007. He works with the distance runners during the track and field season.
Kennedy moved to OBU in 2006 from his alma mater, Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he assisted with the women's cross country team during the 2005 inaugural season.
Prior to Midwestern State, Kennedy served for three seasons as the head track and field coach and two years as the Athletic Director at Wichita Christian High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Arguably the most successful teams in the school's history, Kennedy's squads finished among the top eight at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Track & Field Championships each of his three seasons. During this time, Kennedy's athletes brought home 13 individual state titles along with numerous other top-five awards.
From 2003 to 2007 Kennedy was responsible for the resurrection of the Wichita Falls Track Club. During this five year period, the club's enrollment increased from 28 to a record setting 92, with 105 athletes enrolling the following year. In addition, the number of athletes qualifying for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Track and Field State Championships more than doubled. This includes a historic 32 state qualifiers in 2007 and the club's first TAAF Local, Regional, and State Athlete of the Year.