Head Women's Cross Country Coach | March 11, 2016 - Present
Zach Whitkanack was hired as the women's cross country head coach on Friday, March 11, 2016.
In 2016, Whitkanack began as the leader of the WXC program. He signed his first recruit on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. At USCAA Nationals, the WXC team finished with its best placing of the year; ninth place.
In 2017, the Pomeroys had high hopes for a tremendous year, and they delivered. On Saturday, November 10, they seized a third-place spot in Virginia Beach, Va., at the USCAA National Championships.
In 2018, SMWC returned to the national stage with their best finished beneath Whitkanacks guidance. The WXC team finished as USCAA National Champion Runners-Up. The Woods had three student-athletes finish as All-Americans while Kayla Corya finished as USCAA Individual National Champion Runner-Up. In large, Zach has coached 11 USCAA National All-Academic Team Members and six USCAA All-Americans.
Currently, he embraces many roles on the SMWC campus. He is the head coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams and the track and field teams. He also works as an admission counselor.
Whitkanack comes to SMWC after having served as the Shakamak High School varsity boys' head cross country coach since 2010. He also coached varsity girls' track and field at Shakamak from 2009-2012. While heading the boys' program at Shakamak, he coached the Lakers to three Southwestern Indiana Conference Championships, claimed five invitational titles and had three regional qualifying teams. He also advanced three student-athletes to IHSAA Semi-State and two student-athletes to the IHSAA State Finals. With the girls' track and field team, he advanced nine student-athletes to IHSAA Regionals and two student-athletes to the IHSAA State Finals.
Prior to his time at Shakamak, Whitkanack took the West Vigo High School boys' cross country team from the last place in the Western Indiana Conference to third place. He was with the Vikings from 2002-2004.
Zach received his B.S from Indiana State University in 2004. He graduated from West Vigo High School where his 4x800M relay team holds the school record for the fastest event time (8:06.02).
He currently resides in Shelburn, Indiana, with his wife Jessica and two children.