Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Dave Albritton
Dave Albritton

Coached track at Dayton Dunbar from 1943 through 1952 and 1955 through 1971. Coached cross country at Dayton Dunbar from 1943 through1951 and 1954 through 1970. Won three state track meet titles. Won 12 league and seven district track meets and four league and two district cross country meets. Coached 15 individual state track event winners. High jumped and hurdled at Cleveland East Tech High School and Ohio State University. Was second in the 1936 Olympic high jump. Won seven national AAU outdoor and one indoor high jump title. Won three NCAA outdoor high jump championships. Tied the outdoor world high jump record. Won two state high school meet high jump titles. Set two Ohio State college outdoor and two Ohio college indoor high jump records. Member of National Track Hall of Fame.

Dave Appleby
Dave Appleby

Coached track at Akron Buchtel High School from 1937 through 1942 and from 1947 through 1962. Coached cross country at Buchtel from 1936 through 1941 and from 1946 through 1961. Won the 1961 state high school cross country meet and tied for the 1955 state high school cross country meet. Won six league and five district cross country meets. Official. Was an outstanding athlete at Akron East High School winning two events in the state high school track meet. Meet manager. Official.

Jeff Arthurs
Jeff Arthurs

It is rare-in fact it may never have happened at any other time-that someone wins the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, & Integrity award twice. But Jeff Arthurs did in 1995 and 2002. In fact, Jeff has won the Bob McCullough Award for his dedication and service to his community and in 2005, the Claymont Alumni Foundation recognized their 1967 graduate as the Claymont Foundation Citizen of the Yea. Also a Fred Dafler Career State Coach of the Year winner, Jeff’s personal life and coaching life have been a model of the impact that a coach can have on the lives of their athletes and community.

Over the course of 43 years at Claymont High School, Jeff’s teams won 19 conference championships in cross country and track. They also won District and Regional titles and placed in the top 10 at the Cross Country State Championships on two occasions. Individual standouts have included Runner-up Jerrod Long in the shot put and Champions Rich Ronald (in cross country and the 1600M), and two time champions Andy Pentecost and Troy Sproul, both repeat winners in the discus. Jeff also coached outstanding 3200M runners Kevin Case (9:30.1) and Mark Albaugh (9:31.1). Mark is the present coach at Claymont and a Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2013).

Jeff has also served as a representative to the East District Coaches Association and as the District 5 representative to the OATCC Executive Board. He has also been a licensed track official for 37 years.

Still coaching the young people of Claymont High School, Jeff continues to impact the lives of young people and all with whom he comes in contact.

John Anderson
John Anderson

Threw the shot put and discus for Cincinnati Hughes High School and Cornell University. Won the discus in the 1932 Olympics and was fifth in the 1928 Olympic discus. Won one IC4A discus title. Won two national AAU discus titles and scored in three others. Won the shot put and discus in the 1925 state high school meet to lead his team to the championship. Set one Ohio high school discus record.

Lowell "Rib" Allen
Lowell Allen

Pole Vaulted at Salem High School and Mt. Union College. Won two national high school pole vault titles and set a national high school record in the process. Broke the national high school pole vault record earlier also. Won two state high school meet pole vaults. Won two Ohio Athletic Conference pole vaults. Coached track for ten years at Boardman High School. Set four Ohio high school outdoor pole vault records.

Mark Albaugh
Mark Albaugh

If you watched this year’s 2012 State Championship Cross Country Meet, you couldn’t have helped but notice that Claymont was there again – and in both the boys and girls races. Go figure.

Spanning a career of 25 years, Mark Albaugh has coached at Dover, Garaway, and Claymont – and won at all three. His positive team building attitude brings out the championship performances in his athletes, and champions they have been. At the league level, Mark’s teams have won 26 cross country championships and nine track titles. There have been 54 All-Ohio Ahtletes.

As a coach of women’s cross country, Mark’s teams across the years have won nine District titles and been the Regional Champions eight times. Three times, while at Dover, his girls won State Runner-up titles. It should be noted that all three of those years, they were second only to nationally ranked powerhouse, Beaumont, and that Dover was the only team in the state who could give them a race. Individually, Sarah Montelone won an individual State Runner-up title in 1994. For the boys, there have been 12 District titles and four Regional Championships. Additionally, the boys and girls teams have won six Regional Runner-up titles.

In track and field, Mark’s teams have won 10 District Championships and four Regional Championships. There have been 11 individual State Champions including Sarah Montelone who won the 3200M in 1995, and Riki Cerrett who won the 1993 and 1995 800M races with times of 2:12 and 2:13 respectively.

Mark has been the league coach of the year 22 times and District COTY 24 times. He has also served the coaches of the East District Track/Cross Country Association as both their Vice-President and their President. He currently serves as the District 5 representative to the OATCCC.

Mark still coaches at Claymont HS and resides in Dennison, Ohio.

Mary Ayers
Mary Ayers

Hurdled, jumped, and sprinted for Cleveland John Adams High School. Cleveland Recreation Track Club, and prairie View College. Won five national college AIAW events and scored in nine others for a national record at the time. Won two national AAU/TAC events including the 400 hurdles where she set an American and national college record. Scored in two other national 400 hurdles and made the 1977 and made the national team. She showed great versatility by scoring in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, long jump, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 rely in the national meets. Ayers was very successful in high school, setting two Ohio high school state records. Attended high school before the first girls state track meet.

Nathaniel Adams
Nathaniel Adams

Competed for Cleveland Glenville High School and Purdue University. Won six events in the state track meet including the 100 and 220 yard dash in 1959 and 1960. Tied state record. Competed on winning 4x220 yard relay teams in 1959 and 1960. Won four Big Ten titles including the 100 and 200 in 1062 and 1963. Finished third in the NCAA in 1962 and 1963.

Paul "Sparky" Adams
Paul Adams

Coached track at Baldwin Wallace College from 1957 through 1962 and 1966 through 1984. Coached cross country at Baldwin Wallace from 1956 through 1961 and 1965 through 1983. His teams won ten indoor track, nine outdoor track, and five cross country Ohio Athletic Conference championships. Won four NCAA district cross country meets and one All-Ohio track title. Was president of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association and later the Track Coaches Association.

Ralph P. Adams
Ralph Adams

Assistant track coach at Cuyahoga Heights High School from 1946 through 1957. Assistant at Baldwin Wallace. Had much success coaching sprinters and hurdlers.

Robert Annasenz
Robert Annasenz

Coached track at Marietta High School from 1952 through 1975. Coached cross country at Marietta High School from 1954 through 1974. Won nine district and seven league track championships. Won two district/regional cross country meets and 105 dual/tri cross country meets. Meet manager. Official.

Ron Addison
Ron Addison

Ron Addison ran distance races for Cleveland Rhodes High School and the University of Tennessee. Ron won the state cross country meet and two events in the state high school track meet. He set the state record in the mile. He was a member of the national junior team twice, and he was a member of the national senior team in 1977. He was on two NCAA championship teams while at the UNiversity of Tennessee. He was the Southestern Conference MVP in 1975. He was first in the Pacific Conference Games and third in the World University Games in the 3000 meter steeplechase. His best world ranking was 7th in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 1977.

Ron Althoff

Coached track and cross country at Fairborn Baker High School. Former meet manager of the State High School Cross Country Meet and assistant manager of the State High School Track and Field Meet. Is a noted official, including serving in Olympic Games. Is a noted meet manager including the Jesse Owens Classic. Received the National Track & Field Official of the Year Award from TAC.

Warren "Pete" Anson
Warren Anson

Warren Anson high jumped and long jumped for Prospect High School and Ohio State University. At the state meet, he won the high jump three times and the long jump twice. In the high jump, he set one state high school record, and set four Ohio collegiate records. He won four Big Ten events and scored in the NCAA and National AAU Meets.

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