As far as Ken Whalen is concerned, becoming Olentangy High School’s next boys track and field coach just seemed logical.
Whalen, who is entering his third season as the Braves’ boys cross country coach, has spent the past decade coaching at various levels of the boys track program and much of the past 15 years around Olentangy athletics as a whole.
Whalen replaces Brad Komenda, who stepped down after eight seasons.
“I wanted to continue on the coaching staff, and I thought I had a good shot at getting the job,” said Whalen, whose hiring is pending school board approval. “It definitely works out well, seeing the cross country and track kids for most of the year. I’ve been working with the boys distance runners (the past two seasons) anyway, but I am interested in all facets — sprint events, field events, everything. I am an all-around track guy.”
Whalen also was a boys track assistant coach in 2010, in between stints coaching at Shanahan Middle School from 2008-09 and 2011-15. He has served as an assistant coach in the football and girls basketball programs over the past decade and was former football coach Ed Terwilliger’s statistician from 2002-12.