Stephen Sherman has completed his fourth official season as head coach for the track and field team. He enter his 10th season as head cross-country coach at OLLU after coming from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he served as assistant coach for cross-country and track for three years.
In 2018, he guided the team to its first-ever Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament Title and he received his first track and field coach of the year award. The team earned 215 points to edge out Wiley at 205 for the title. The team was led by All-Conference recipients:Maricela Castro, 400m, 4x400mR, 4x800mR; Aundrea Culliver, 200m, 400m, 4x100mR, 4x400mR, Long Jump, Triple Jump;Victoria De La Cruz, 400m, 4x400mR; Amanda Esparza, 200m, 400m, 4x100mR, 4x400mR, High Jump;Andrea Gandara, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 4x800mR; Jazmine Garcia, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m. 10000m; Gabriela Guerrero, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 10000m; Alyssa Hebb, 5000m, 10000m;Quintianna LeShore, 100m, Long Jump; Samantha Millan, 100m, 200m; Alexis Oaks, 100m, 200m, 4x100mR; Ione Rodriguez, 3000m, 5000m. 10000m, 4x800mR;Miki Romain, 100mH, 400mH, 4x100mR, Long Jump, Discus; Sarah Taylor, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x800mR; Shenaya Thomas, 100mH, 400mH, Triple Jump. The team also earned its first NAIA Scholar Team award.
In 2017, the women's team finished second in the RRAC Championships. The team tallied 207 points, while Wiley won with 236 points. OLLU's Elena Oslund was the High Point Track Athlete with 42 points. Earning All-Conference were Aimee Aranda (10k), Aundrea Culliver (400m, 4x100mR, 4x400mR), Jazmine Garcia (1500m, 3k, 5k, 10k), Gabriela Guerrero (800m, 1500m, 5k, 4x800mR), Emily Lee (High Jump), Samantha Millan (4x100mR, 4x400mR), Krystal Ochulo (Shot Put), Oslund (1500m, 3k, 5k, 10k, 4x800mR), Jennifer Ramirez (100mH, 400mH, 4x400mR), Bianca Renteria (10k), Kristen Rodriguez (Triple Jump), Miki Romain (100mH, 400mH, 4x100mR), Sarah Taylor (1500m, 3k, 5k, 4x800mR), Shenaya Thomas (400mH, Triple Jump, 4x100mR, 4x400mR, 4x800mR) and Lena Wilson (100mH, High Jump).
Earning RRAC Scholar Athlete awards were Jazmine Garcia, Jennifer Ramirez, Miki Romain, Shenaya Thomas and Lena Wilson.
Jennifer Ramirez and Miki Romain competed in the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in the hurdle competition. Ramirez also competed in the Outdoor Championships also in hurdles.
In 2016, the women's team finished second in the RRAC Championships, which OLLU hosted. The team tallied 167 points, while Wiley topped the conference with 188 points. Saints finishing in the top three of their events were: Krystal Ochulo, Shot Put, 1st place, 11.60m; Elena Oslund, 5k, 1st place, 18:38.55; Ione Rodriguez, 10k, 1st place, 41:31.68; Shenaya Thomas, 400m Hurdle, 1st place, 1:07.74; Elena Oslund, 1500m, 2nd place, 4:59.42; Elena Oslund, 3k, 2nd place, 10:44.02; Jazmine Garcia, 5k, 2nd place, 18:48.89; OLLU, 4x800m Relay, 2nd place, 10:33.64; Shenaya Thomas: Triple Jump, 3rd place, 10.84m; Gabriela Guerrero, 1500m, 3rd place, 5:13.69; Jazmine Garcia, 3k, 3rd place, 11:02.91; Jocelyn Trask, 10k, 3rd place, 42:29.13.
The 2015 season marked track and field's first full season as an intercollegiate athletic team at OLLU. In previous years, the Saints have limited their competition to long-distance events in track and field.
In the Saints' inaugural season, the team finished in fourth place in the RRAC. Individually, the Saints had two second-place, five third-place, three fourth-place, four fifth-place and five sixth-place finishes in the conference meet. Throughout the season, three women were named conference runners of the week. In addition, 16 OLLU school records were set this season.
Sherman earned his USA Track and Field (USATF) Level I Certification in June 2005 and USATF Level II Certification in Endurance Events in July 2008.
A native of Dickinson, Texas, Sherman received a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from McMurry and a Master of Science in organizational and human resources development from Abilene Christian University.
Sherman and wife Megan Pate are parents to Otis James.