Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Anthony "Antoine" Blair
Anthony Blair

Competed at Alliance High School. Won state track meet 440 three times. Set two outdoor state records. Won National Junior Olympics in the 400 in 1975. Became All-American while at University of Tennessee and won three NCAA individual championships. Set world reord at 600 meters in 1979.

Anthony Buttar
Anthony Buttar

Tony Buttar has been the boys' track and field coach at Warren Kennedy High School from 1965 to the present. His teams won six district/regional meets and his athletes have won nine events at the state track meet. His team was runnerup in the state meet once. He was named the boys track and field state honored coach of the year in 1993. He is a registered OHSAA track & field official.

Bill Beaty
Bill Beaty

Bill Beaty ran distance events for Lancaster High School and the University of Cincinnati. He won two State High School Cross Country meets and one event in the State High School Track Meet. Bill set two state records in high school and placed 38th in the national AAU Cross Country Meet while still in high school.

Carla Battaglia-Greene
Carla Battaglia-Greene

Hailing from Centerville High School, the versatility of Carla Battaglia at the State Championship level is singular in its accomplishments as she dominated the 1980 and 1981 seasons. District and Regional Championships in the 100HH, long jump, high jump, and 4 x 400M were followed up with a State Championship title in the long jump. Carla was a 5-7.75 high jumper, 18’10” long jumper, 14.7 in the 100HH, 26.2 in the 200, and a 56.8 split in the 4 x 400M. Her efforts helped Centerville High School take away the team State Runner-up title in 1980 and the 1981 State Championship. Also in 1981, she was named All-American.

At Indiana University, more events awaited her to conquer and Carla undertook the heptathlon. Her 178’10” javelin throw in 1984 was the Big Ten record. Her 4th place in the long jump and 5th place in the triple jump added to her Big Ten honors and her individual 26 point effort towards the team scoring was a Big Ten Record. For her all-around performance, she was named the “Athlete of the Meet.” Carla also won the 1984 Big Ten title in the heptathlon (5354) setting another Big ten record on her way to being an NCAA All-American. In 1985, she won the Big Ten title in the pentathlon earning her third Big Ten record.

At the national level of competition, Carla competed in the 1985 National Championships finishing 6th in the javelin. She also competed as a member of the National Sports Festival Team in 1983, 1985, and 1987.

Carla Battaglia remains one of the best all-around athletes to ever come out of Ohio. She currently resides in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Carmen Banks
Carmen Banks

Carmen Banks is a graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland. She ran under the guidance of coach Monica Gary frfom 1992 through 1994. This talented hurdler set or tied eleven indoor and outdoor state records. She won seven individual state titles including three in the 100 meter high hurdles, three in the 300 meter low hurdles, and one in the 200 meter dash. Her best time in the high's was 13.50, run at the Junior National Championships in 1994 earning her second place. Ms. Banks was also a member of the Pan American Team. Her best in the 300's of 41.80 ranked her the fastest high school runner in the nation in 1994. She run her best 200 of 24.30 in the Austintown Regonal in 94. Carmen led her team to the Division I State Championship in 1994 by scoring twenty-eight of the teams forty points.

Ms. Banks also won three events in the Mid-West Meet of Champions.

Charles Beetham
Charles Beetham

Ran track at Columbus North High School and Ohio State University. Win five national AAU 880/800 titles-one indoor and four outdoor, and scored in two others outdoor. Won one NCAA 880 and scored in another. Won five Big Ten titles and set seven Ohio college outdoor records. Competed on the 1938 U.S. National Team. Was a leading candidate for the 1936 Olympic team, but was tripped in the final of the 800 meters in the final tryout meet. Coached cross country at Ohio State for 15 years and was assistant track coach. His cross country team won one All-Ohio meet.

Cyndie Brown (Williams)
Cyndie Brown

Cyndie Brown of Kettering Fairmont East High School’s Class of ’79 epitomized the growing women’s running movement in Ohio. A three year athlete on the track, Cyndie went to the State Championship in her junior and senior year in the mile posting a PR of 5:04. As a junior in cross country, Cyndie competed on the boys’ team until, in 1978 – her senior year – women’s cross country became a recognized sport. Running on the first ever girls’ team, she never lost a race her senior year until the State Meet where she finished 2nd.

Continuing her career at Indiana University, Cyndie ran four years of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track posting PR’s of 9:26 for the 3K, 16:10 for the 5K, and 34:07 for the 10K. It was following her career at Indiana, however, when Cyndie reached her greatest heights.

Cyndie’s first attempt at the marathon came in Columbus in 1983 where she ran 2:46, finished as the first Ohio finisher, and qualified for the Olympic Trials. Across the 80’s decade, Cyndie became one of the best marathoners in the world and her runner-up finish at the 1987 Pittsburgh Marathon ranked her as the #1 American woman and #6 in the world for the year. Running World and Runners World both featured her on their covers during this time period and with back to back victories in the St. Louis Marathon (1984, 1985) and the 1988 Honolulu Marathon title in her crown, Cyndie was recognized as one of America’s leading ladies in long distance running. Her PR’s include a 15:34 5K, 32:24 10K, 1:13:33 in the half marathon, and a marathon PR of 2:34.09.

Cyndie currently lives in Louisville, Colorado.

Dan Bogan
Dan Bogan

Coached track at Germantown in 1942 and West Carrollton from 1946 through 1977. Coached cross country at West Carrollton from 1948 through 1954 and 1957 through 1972. Won three conference and one district track meet. Won three conference cross country meets. Won over 100 dual tri track meets. Meet manager. Official.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Coached track at Toledo Waite from 1922 through 1924. Coached track at Toledo Scott from 1927 through 1941. Coached cross country at Scott from 1927 through 1940. Won three state high school track meets and three state high school cross country meets. Won 14 league and 11 district track championships. Won 12 league and district cross country meets. Coached 14 individual state track meet winners.

Edgar "Ed" C. Barker
Edgar Barker

Member and prime organizer of the committee that organized the Ohio Track Coaches Association. Editor of the "Ohio Trackster" which was the only means of communication of the sport at the time. Served as secretary/treasurer of the Association. Conducted numerous surveys concerning track and was responsible for presenting the coaches views to the OHSAA. Was a successful high school track athlete. The most prestigious award given by the OAT&CCC - the Ed Barker Award- is given in the honor for all the contributions and dedication he gave to Ohio track and field. Official.

Floyd Beam
Floyd Beam

Coached track at Rockey River High School from 1920 through 1937. Won three state high school track meets and was runnerup once. Won five district meets and many conference meets. Coached 12 individuals who won state meet events. Meet manager.

Fred Buschemeyer
Fred Buschemeyer

Coached track at West Milton from 1930 through 1936. Coached track at Fairborn from 1937 through 1956. Coached cross country at Faieborn form 1936 through 1949. Won two conference and one track district title. Coached one individual State Track Meet champion.

Fred Beekman

Meet manager or co-manager of State Track and Field Championships from 1948 to present.

Glenn Browning
Glenn Browning

Coached track at Toledo Libbey and Toledo Rogers for 25 years and 14 years of cross country. Won one state track championship and was runnerup once. Won five Toledo city championships, eight district, and one regional title. Coached eight individual state track meet winners.

Herbert "Herb" Bee
Herbert Bee

Coached track at Western Reserve College from 1947 through 1962. Coached cross country at Western Reserve from 1958 through 1961. His track teams won three Presidents Athletic Conference championships.

Jonathan Burrell
Jonathan Burrell

Jonathan Burrell was the speed king of Cleveland John Marshall High School from 1991-93 where he was coached by Hall of Famer Tom Elkins. During his reign, Jonathan set or tied thirteen state records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and the 4 x 100 meter relay. He was the state champion in 1991, 92, and 93 in the 100 meters. He was ranked number two in the nation in 1991, number three in 1992, and number one in 1993. In the 200 mters Jonathan was the state champion in 1991 and was ranked in the top five nationally in that event. In 1992 he was runner-up in the USA National Championships despite having foot surgery. In 1993 he was again the runner-up at the USA Nationals, as well as the outdoor state champion and was ranked number two all-time in Ohio. Additionally, Jonathan was the Pan-American Champion and the Olympic Festival Champion.

Mr. Burrell attended the Ohio State University. He also attended Kansas City Kansas Community College. In 1994 he was the Big-Ten Champion in the 55 meters running 6.20, nad was an NCAA All-American. He set a Big-Ten Indoor Record in the 55 meter dash in 1995.

Karl Bauer
Karl Bauer

Coached cross country at Cleveland West Tech High School from 1944 through 1950 and track and cross country at Cleveland East High School from apprximately 1958 through 1963. Won two state high school cross country championships and one runnerup at West Tech. Won three conference and four district cross country meets while at West Tech.

Katy Burkowski (Radkewich)
Katy Burkowski
Just when you think a program is about as good as it can get—because Beaumont sure was doing its share of winning through the 80’s - along comes someone who not only elevates that championship program to a new level, but also raises the level of women’s running in Ohio in general setting standards and goals which remain elusive 20 years later. Just such a runner was Katy Radkewich. Katy led the Blue Streaks to State Champion cross country team titles all four of her years at Beaumont while destroying records in both Division I (‘93) and Division II (‘94, ‘95, ‘96). After finishing a State Runner-up as a freshman, she went on to win the individual State Champion title three times and her 16:59.8 remains the all time fastest 5000M race ever run by an Ohio athlete and the only time an Ohio athlete has broken 17:00. She is a member of a very select group of four-time Foot Locker National Championship qualifiers. Finishing 20th as a freshman, she returned over the next three years to win the Midwest Regional Qualifier twice before going on to earn All American honors with 7th, 3rd, and 2nd place National finishes. Her senior year, she also represented the USA at the World Cross Country Championships in South Africa, finishing 41st in the junior women’s race. In track, Beaumont won three more State Champion team titles behind three 3200M titles (‘94, ‘95, ‘96), a 1600M championship title (’94), and two 4 x 800M titles (’94, ’95). Track PR’s included a 4:50.40 1600M and a 10:17.33 3200M State Record which stood until 2008. Her 10:27.5 State Meet time also remains the #4 all-time State Meet performance. In addition to her 3200M state titles, she also finished 2nd at the Penn Relays, 2nd at the Indoor National Championships, and 2nd at the Outdoor National Championships adding All American status to her resume in track & field as well as in cross country. A stress fracture cut her senior track year short and kept her from adding to this performance list. However, that’s 16 times she had a State Champion medal placed around her neck as either an individual or team member. Not too bad. Katy went on to run at Michigan where she was a six time letterman and recognized as All Big Ten in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Orlando, Florida.
Kenneth Beard

Ken Beard began his teaching and coaching at Lincoinview, moved to Franklin Monroe High School, andcompleted his career at Milton Union High School, where he guided his teams for 34 seasons. Ken was the guidingforce in building Franklin Monroe's first track and Milton Union's first all-weather surface track and stadiumcomplex. Ken has been an active official, encouraging many others to enter this field. Ken instituted and managedmajor invitationals in track and cross country, as well as being an OHSAA District Track Meet manager since 1968.Ken has been the official meet photographer for the State Track and Cross Country Meets since the early 1980's. Hehas also served as the head photographer for the MidWest Meet of Champions and the MidEast Cross Country Meet. Ken Beard's service as teacher, coach, meet manager, official, and role model has inspired many others to follow in his footsteps.

Kristy Orre Brockert
Kristy Brockert

Kristy Orre ran for Clayton Northmont High School and the University of Kentucky. She won one Junior National event. Kristy won several Southeastern Conference events. She won seven State High School individual titles. Kristy ran on the winning NCAA Cross Country team. She set five state high school records.

Laron Brown
Laron Brown

Laron Brown ran track at Roth HS under Coach Randy Waggoner from 1980-82. He specialized in the 100 (10.77), 200 (21.1) and 400 (46.7). Laron placed first in the state in the 400, 200, and 4 x 400 meter relay. He ran on nine state record relays. His 200 and 400 times place 2nd on the all-time Ohio list. Brown attended the University of Tennesee where ran the 400 in 44.92.

Meade Burnett
Meade Burnett

Ran for Cleveland West High School and Ohio State University. Won two state meets 440's and two Big Ten 440's. Coached track and cross country at Cleveland East High School from 1957 to 1963, at Parma High School from 1963 to 1965, at Ashland College from 1965 to 1971, and at Ohio University from 1971 to 1975. Had 210 wins in dual/tri track meets. Coached two individual state high school track champions. Coached one individual NCAA track champion. Was one of the founders of the Cleveland Striders Track Club. Official.

Mel Brodt
Mel Brodt

Coached track at Cleveland John Adams High school from 1951 through 1960 and cross country from 1951 through 1959. Coached track at Bowling Green State University from 1961 through 1981. Coached cross country at Bowling Green from 1960 through 1984. Won one Mid American Conference track and one MAC cross country title. Won two State High School track meets and two State High School cross country meets. Won one NCAA district cross country title. Second in the NCAA Indoor Track Meet. Won four All-Ohio cross country titles. Won three high school district track meets and three district cross country meets. Coached nine individual State High School Track Meet winners and two State High School Cross Country Meet winners. Coached seven NCAA individual winners. OATC president. NCAA Track and Cross Country Coaches president. Ed Barker Award. Meet manager.

Mel Brodt

Coached track and cross country at John Adams High School and Bowling Green State University from 1951 through 1984. Won many championship titles. Coached several All-Americans, NCAA champions, and one Olympic gold medalist. Served as president of OATC and as president of NCAA track and cross country coaches association. Hall of Fame.

Micki Bish
Micki Bish

Micki Bish graduated from Liberty Benton High School where Hall of Fame coach Pat Wagner coached her. Micki won both the cross country State title in 1984, and also won State titles in track in 1986 and 1988. Micki was a four time All-Ohio Athlete. She never lost a conference race in sixteen attempts while in high school and earned All-District status twenty-two times. While at the University of Findlay, Micki earned All-American status in the marathon.

Nancy C. Beattie
Nancy Beattie

It is with great pleasure that we name Nancy Beattie as this year’s Ed Barker award winner, the highest award our association gives. Coach Beattie has been a tremendous leader both locally and statewide in track and field. More importantly, she has been a role model for all coaches to emulate.

Ohio recently celebrated 100 years of track and field, but it has been less than 40 years for women’s participation. In this brief time, Coach Beattie has ascended to the top of the ladder in service and excellence. Nancy Beattie was the first woman to serve as President of the Central District Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. She encouraged many of us to be active in our coaches associations to make our sports the best possible . Nancy then became the first woman President of the OATCCC. Over the years, Nancy has served our association in any way necessary. She has been a most valuable part of our group. She is especially proud that she was a proponent of girls’ pole vault. Nancy wrote the report that the association took to the OHSAA.

Ms. Beattie’s accomplishments at Thomas Worthington High School are many. Her athletes are not only outstanding in the sport, but her young female athletes present themselves with confidence and dignity. Both on the field and as an association member, Nancy Beattie has truly earned the Ed Barker award.

Nancy Shafer Boudeau
Nancy Boudeau

Nancy Shafer Boudreau ran for North Canton Hoover High School and Wooster College. Nancy set eight state high school and 14 Ohio collegiate records. She ran on six U.S. National teams and scored in many national AAU meets.

Norman Brown
Norman Brown

Coached cross country at Lakewood High School from 1947 through 1967. Won one State High School Cross Country meet and was runnerup twice. Took his teams to the State Meet 15 times. Won ten league and six district cross country meets. Coached two individual State High School Cross Country Meet champions. Assistant track coach.

Polly Barga (Slonkosky)
Polly Barga

Polly Barga competed under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Katie Horstman. She had an outstanding career. While at Minster High School, she was part of 3 State record setting relay teams including the mile relay, (4:04.7) the 440 yd. relay (50.1) and the 880 medley relay. Polly also set a school record in the 400 in 57.4 and the 200 at 25.7. At the State meet, Polly competed in 15 of the 16 possible events over four years. She earned 7 gold (2 individual), 4 silver (1 individual), 2 bronze, 1 fourth, and 1 sixth(individual). Her team won the State title all four years.

Polly attended Miami University and participated in the 400 and 1600 relays. She was injured as a freshman and competed as a sophomore but gave up her scholarship to concentrate on school.

Ms. Barga is married and has six kids (three that are currently running for Minster.) She returned to teaching last year after 21 years of raising a family . This will be her 3rd year of coaching J.H. girls along side her former J.H. coach Diane Voskuhl.

Ralph Bergdoll
Ralph Bergdoll

Coached track at Miamisburg High School from 1960 through 1987 and cross country from 1958 through 1986. Won six cross country and two track conference meets. His teams won 153 track and 290 cross country dual/tri meets. Ohio representative to National High School Athletics Coaches Association. Meet manager and official.

Rebecca Ball
Rebecca Ball

Rebecca Ball attended Danbury Lakeside High School where she was coached by Brad Bauer. She participated in the shot put and the discus. Ms. Ball has three state championships in the shot put to her credit from 1992 to 1994. She also was Champion of many relays including the Sandusky, Oak Harbor, and Margaretta. Her greatest achievement in high school was to set the state record in the shot with a put of 47’ 10”.

While at Ashland University, Rebecca also participated in the hammer with a personal best of 194’2” and the weight throw with a personal best of 62’8 1/2”. She furthered her best in the shot with a put of 49’ 1”. This most deserving lady won four events in the DII NCAA and set nine Ohio collegiate records—four in hammer and five in the weight throw.

She was an 11-time All-American and was the DII NCAA Athlete of the Year in 1997 and also Ashland University Athlete of the Year 1997.

Robert Bobo
Robert Bobo

Coached track at Shade High School from 1942 through 1954 and at Chillicothe High School from 1955 through 1981. Coached cross country at Chillicothe from 1967 through 1980. Won one district and three league track meets. Coached five individual state track champions. Won 139 track dual/tri meets and 50 dual/tri cross country meets. Official.

Steve Bruskotter
Steve Bruskotter

Northwest Ohio offers some of the best cross country and track & field to be found and Steve Bruskotter helped Bluffton High School become part of that conversation of “great programs” and “great teams.”

Beginning his career in 1973 as an assistant coach , Steve took over the head coaching position in 1977 (boys in 1977, boys and girls in 1985) and held that position until his retirement in 2008. In that 26 year period, Bluffton made going to the State Championship a routine part of their season. Once they got there-they made an impression on us all.

Thirty-five boys have won State Championship titles as individuals or as part of relays including two time individual champions, Shane Shockey and John Guagenti. The Pirates set three state records along the way while winning team honors as State Runners-up in 1978, 1985, and 1992. In 2008, they took home the State Champion title.

The girls have been equally as successful with eleven girls winning individual State Champion titles including three time winners Bonnie Stratton (100M, 200M) and Ann Stechschulte (800M, 1600M, and high jump) and four time shot/discus specialist, Caity Matter. Along the way, the Pirate ladies set two state records and won the State Runner-up team title in 1997. That same year, Steve won the Fred Dafler Career State Coach of the Year Award.

Steve served the OATCCC as the District 7 representative until his retirement. In 2010, he joined the staff at the University of Findlay and helped Shane Shockey go to the next level and eventually win the NCAA DII National Indoor title in pole vault. Corey Shank also won All-American honors for pole vault in 2013 (7th, Indoor).

Steve is still an assistant coach at the University of Findlay.

Todd Bell
Todd Bell

Todd Bell sprinted and jumped for Middletown High School. Todd won three long jumps in the State Track Championships. He won the long jump in the International Prep Invitational and set three state long jump records. He scored in the 100 and 220 in the State Track Meet.

Tonja Buford-Bailey
Tonja Buford-Bailey

Tonja Buford-Bailey was a Hurdler specialist. She began her career at Trotwood-Madison High School and finished up at Meadowdale High School. During her career, Tonja posted a time of 13.93 in the High Hurdles and 42.60 in the 300 Low Hurdles. She was the State Champion in the Highs in ‘88 and ‘89 and in the Lows in ’89. Ms. Buford-Bailey set 3 state records in the 300 Hurdles, the indoor 200 Hurdles and the 100 High Hurdles. Her records also include the Dayton Relays, the Roosevelt Relays, and the Trotwood Relays. Tonja attended the University of Illinois. She posted a time of 54.13 in the 400 Hurdles, 13.05 in the High Hurdles, and 7.6 in the indoor 55 Hurdles. She won a record 25 Big 10 events. She scored in many relays including the Penn, the Drake, the Kansas, and the Tennessee. Ms. Buford-Bailey competed in 3 Olympic Games in the 400 Hurdles placing third in 1996. Although she didn’t win, her time bettered the world record. She still holds the world’s third fastest time ever run. This deserving young lady also competed in 5 World Outdoor meets, the Pan-American Games, and the Goodwill Games.

Wilbur "Bill" Booth

Coached 12 years of track and five years of cross country in the Toledo area. Has been a noted official for 25 years.Has served at district, regional, and at the State Track Meet as referee, starter, and meet manager. He taught 15years of adult education in track and field officiating.

Wilbur "Bill" Booth
Wilbur Booth

Coached track at Holland Springfield in 1952. Coached at Genoa from 1953 through 1959. Coached track at Toledo Devilbiss from 1969 through 1965. Coached cross country from 1960 through 1964 at Devilbiss. Won two cross country conference titles and one track conference title. Coached two track individual state meet champions. Official. Ed Barker Award.

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