By Ryan Kaczmarski
Lutheran West High School has made a decision to bring in a new voice to head the school’s track and field program. What a voice it is, as the hire is multiple-state champion coach Anjanette Arabian Whitman.
“This is going to be a new and very exciting experience,” Arabian Whitman said. “One of the most exciting things for me, is that the people are so amazing here. The support has been phenomenal. I cannot express enough the open arms and welcome that I have received, through the process of talking with the administration to see if (the hire) would be a good fit for the school and for me. They really took the interest in making sure that the person taking over the program was the right person.”
“We are pleased that Anjanette will be joining our coaching staff as head track coach,” Lutheran West athletic director Joel Gesch said in a press release. “I have been impressed by her passion to work with young people as a coach and mentor, and I believe her presence here will be a blessing to our student-athletes on many levels.
“She brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of success to Lutheran West. Her enthusiasm is definitely contagious; she is excited to get going.”
Arabian Whitman comes to Lutheran West with a wealth of knowledge and abilities not only as a track and field coach but in many other aspects of life. She has a proven record of coaching success.
She began her competitive running career while in seventh grade in the Rocky River School System and eventually earned state championship honors in the 1600m her senior year at Rocky River High School. She furthered her academic and athletic career at the University of Virginia. Arabian Whitman served as captain of both the cross country team and track and field team, helping to lead the cross country team to the NCAA Championship meet in 1993.
As a coach, Arabian Whitman has assisted hundreds of high school students achieve success at every level, from beginners through the most experienced athletes. Her teams have earned four state championship team titles, produced countless individual state qualifiers, and competed on the national level.
Over the past decade, she has assisted 23 student-athletes to become NCAA Division I competitors.
“I like and appreciate challenges,” she said. “What some people might not remember is that some of the programs I’ve been a part of in the past weren’t always going to state competition. There might have been one person going to state, but it took several years to build up to a team expectation to compete at the state level.”
Beyond her abilities as a coach, she brings a focus to developing the student athlete as a whole person.
“We are excited to have a committed Christian who strives for excellence in leading,” Dale Wolfgram, Lutheran West Principal, stated, “Her proven track record is built on values of hard work and personal responsibility that we model in all of our programs.”
Arabian Whitman’s professional profile includes an undergraduate degree in American government from the University of Virginia and a joint J.D. and Masters of Public Administration awarded through Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She has given back to the local community by serving as an elected member of City Council in Rocky River. She has also served on numerous boards focused on community advancement, especially involving youth.
Her dedication to young people was highlighted when she was appointed by the governor to serve as a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge after practicing as an attorney in the juvenile justice system for eleven years, serving as an advocate for abused and neglected children. Currently, she is the trial magistrate for the Honorable Judge Janet Rath Colaluca at the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.