The Sports Performance Department embraces the mission of both the Athletic Department and the University. In addition, it is the mission of the Sports Performance staff to enhance each Golden Eagle athlete's athletic ability, while minimizing the risk of injury, in assisting them to achieve peak performance in their respective sport.
Sports Performance Staff
Director of Sports Performance
Tyler Whitmer was promoted to Director of Sports Performance over the summer of 2015, and is in his third year at Oral Roberts University. In his current role, Whitmer develops and implements training programs for the Golden Eagles, overseeing the training efforts of all 16 teams.
As a member of ORU’s sports performance staff, Whitmer schedules workouts for each student-athlete in the ORU athletic department. He also assists in the design and execution of ORU’s sports nutrition program, working to educate student-athletes on their optimal nutritional needs.
Whitmer is Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches’ Association, and he’s a Level I Sport Performance Coach through United States of America Weightlifting. He’s also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and he’s First Aid Certified through the American Heart Association.
Whitmer obtained his B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2011. He went on to earn a M.S. in education, with a concentration in exercise physiology, from the University of Kansas in 2013.
A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Whitmer and his wife, Auston, reside in Tulsa.
Assistant Director of Sports Performance
ORU Sports Performance Philosophy
Our philosophy is to create a culture and an atmosphere that is conducive to winning and training. Athlete training programs will be designed based on the specific movements and physiological demands of each sport. Strength development, power development, speed, agility, quickness, conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention, and sports nutrition will be emphasized for each athlete in order to maximize their potential. A free weight approach with ground based movements and Olympic lifts will be utilized in the weight room.
Each and every student-athlete that is a part of the sports performance program will be exposed to a hands-on coaching style by the strength and conditioning staff. Just like the athlete is coached by their sport coach out on the field or court, they will be coached in the weight room by a member of the strength and conditioning staff. Our strength and conditioning coaches will be great teachers, great leaders and will demand great effort. We will teach and coach the athlete so that they are educated about why they are performing various movements and exercises.
We will create a culture and an atmosphere that allows our athletes to train at a championship level each and every day. Our culture will be built upon the values of hard work, commitment, pride, passion, mental and physical toughness, leadership and trust. We will respect those values in our approach to training day in and day out. We will realize that everything starts with an attitude and we will build upon that attitude to train at an extremely high level in order to meet and exceed expectations and goals.