OBU Track Coach Ford Mastin's is a seven-time NAIA National Coach of the Year with six NAIA national championships since starting with the Bison in the 1996-97 seasons.
The highlight year came in 2007 when the women won the Indoor National Championship and the men won the Outdoor National Championship. Along with the Team Championships came National Coach of the Year awards to bring Mastin's total to seven - one each in 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and two in 2007.
On the national level, the Lady Bison have won five Team National Championships, have finished as runners-up four 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 17 relay National Championships, including an incredible 11 titles in a row (outdoor 2007-present). The relay teams’ single miss was a runner up finish indoors in 2007 as the Lady Bison captured the Team National Championship.
The Bison have captured one Team National Championship, have finished as runners-up three 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 12 out of the last 17 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 nine out of the last 17.
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.
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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.