Steve Whistler enters his ninth year as field events and multi-events coach, working with both the men's and women's team. Since 1992, he has worked with both teams to provide greater depth in these areas. His success in training field athletes is unparalleled, as evidenced by the 21 school records, four national qualifiers and one Olympic Trials qualifier in the field events area during his tenure. Last year, Whistler helped sophomore Delvit Rogers qualify for both the NCAA Championships and the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in the long jump.
Before coming to Memphis, Whistler participated for four years on the Murray State track and field team, co-captaining the squad his senior year. During this time, he also competed in Europe for two summers with the Athletes in Action track and field team, providing him invaluable exposure to the world's best training programs.
After finishing his eligibility, Whistler became a student assistant coach and later a volunteer assistant coach working mainly with throwers at Murray State.
In 1990, Whistler moved to Baylor University where he became a graduate assistant coach. At Baylor, he again worked with throwers, but extended his tutelage to work with jumpers and decathletes as well. In 1992, he earned his Master's degree in sports management and coaching.
Whistler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Stength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), demonstrating his thorough knowledge and understating of appropriate training methods for his respective events.