|Position:||Assistant Coach - Distance and Associate Head Coach - Cross Country|
|Alma Mater:||Texas A&M|
Kevin Ondrasek joined the Sooner staff over the summer of 2016 and he will have a dual title, serving as the assistant coach for distance events and as the associate coach in cross country And this is not the first time for VanHootegem and Ondrasek to work together as both were at Texas A&M during one of the Aggies’ most successful periods.
A former TAMU student-athlete, Ondrasek also served as a volunteer assistant and was part of three national championship teams. Texas A&M won the men’s and women’s NCAA Outdoor championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. VanHootegem and Ondrasek were part of the A&M program for each of those titles.
While at A&M, Ondrasek helped three athletes advance to the NCAA Championship and two others qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship. The Aggies also added the 2011 Big 12 men’s and women’s outdoor championships.
Ondrasek joined the Sooner staff after one year as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Samford University. His one year continued a pattern of success for the Texas native. He coached student-athletes who set 15 school records, won eight conference titles and celebrated the 2016 Southern Conference women’s outdoor championship. In the process, two qualified for nationals. It was at Samford that Ondrasek developed a unique training log for date collection from student-athletes.
Ondrasek left A&M for Southern Mississippi where served as head cross country/assistant track and field coach for three years. In that time, his athletes set 36 school records and registered the best NCAA Regional Cross Country team finish in school history. The quality of performances produced 75 percent of the top five all-time times in Golden Eagle history. His cross country teams finished in the top half of the regional field in two of his three years. He also coached Zuna Portillo to the national record of El Salvador in the 3,000-meter steeple.
He spent the summer of 2014 working at The World Athletics Center, known now as ALTIS, in Phoenix. After that experience at one of the top training facilities in the country, Ondrasek joined the staff at Florida State as the volunteer assistant/assistant operations director. During his time with the Seminoles, Ondrasek helped four student-athletes qualify for the NCAA East Regional, assisted with an ACC champion in the 800 and helped with the preparation that led to FSU to qualify for NCAA Cross Country Championships.
He also used his knowledge of biomechanics to study the Seminole athletes to identify potential weaknesses and produced a plan to address them.
He has been actively involved in recruiting at each of his collegiate stops and has received a wide variety of experience in meet organization including the Big 12 and NCAA indoor track and field championships, the Conference USA Cross Country Championship and NCAA Regional Cross Country championships. He has designed and built a cross country course and did the design, construction and organization of an equipment room.
He earned a B.S. in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2010. While at A&M, he competed in middle distances and has the fifth-ranked time in the indoor 1,000 and the 15-best time in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500. After his collegiate career ended, he trained and ran professionally, representing Top Tier Training in Texas. It was during this time that he ran a 3:41.18 in the 1,500-meter, a time that is equivalent to a sub-4:00 minute mile.