Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Barbara Charske
Barbara Charske

The Ed Barker Award is given as an acknowledgement to the individual who has shown the most exceptional service to the OAT&CCC and to the sports of Cross Country and Track & Field in Ohio. This year’s winner is Barb Charske.

Barb has over four decades of service and dedication coupled with a desire to see our sports continually grow for the betterment of athletes in our charge. Her roles as coach, registered official, and meet administrator have been models for young people entering our sport. Her volunteerism to the OATCCC at events including the Mideast Meet and its celebratory events as well as the Midwest Meet of Champions and the annual Clinic has been invaluable to the success of these endeavors.

The athletes of Kettering Fairmont High School were the beneficiaries of her coaching expertise where she served as the distance coach from 1994-1999. The rest of the state has been the beneficiary of her officiating expertise, especially in the high jump where she is recognized and appreciated by athletes from all around Ohio. She has officiated every age group from junior high dual meets to high school invitationals and up to and including numerous roles at the OHSAA State Championships. Additionally, Barb has helped officiate the Dayton River Corridor Road Race as well as Masters’ level track events and the Senior Olympics. In 2003, Barb helped coordinate the AAU Age Group National Championship held in Kettering.

Barb has been a frequent presenter at local Southwest District officials’ clinics and is widely respected as an official who has an extensive knowledge of the rules and their proper application, who applies those rules consistently and fairly, but who also believes in and promotes preventative officiating. She is respected by everyone with whom she comes in contact and is truly and ambassador of track and field in the State of Ohio.

Therefore, because of her many efforts on behalf of our sports, the athletes and coaches, and her community, we are proud to recognize Barb Charske as the 2016 Ed Barker Award winner.

Bob Cline

Coached track and cross country at Loudonville and Toledo Whitmer High Schools from 1964 through 1989. Served as Ohio coach of Midwest Meet of Champions. Served as Association Awards chairperson since 1981 to present.Served as OAT&CCC president.

Carl Clement Cooke
Carl Cooke

Ran, jumped and shot putted for Columbus North High School and Ohio State University. Won four events in the state high school track meet. Led his team to victory in the first state high school track meet in 1908. Participated in the 200 and 400 relay in the 1912 Olympic Games. Scored twice in the national AAU outdoor 220. Won four Ohio Athletic Conference titles. Set one state high school shot put record. Official.

Carson Cheek
Carson Cheek

The Ed Barker Award is given as an acknowledgement to the individual who has shown the most exceptional service to the OAT&CCC and to the sports of Cross Country and Track& Field in the state of Ohio. This year’s winner is Carson Cheek, formerly of Minster High School.

Carson has been involved in track and field since 1972. He served Minster School as an elementary teacher, guidance counselor, district special education representative and athletic director. He started the junior high track program and was boys varsity coach for fifteen years. During that time his team qualified for the State Meet in every event and finished third in 1988. The program always had thirty-five to forty-eight boys participating. In 1977 he was the founder of the Minster Memorial Invitational Track & Field Meet. He also coached high school athletes internationally at meets in seven countries.

As athletic director for sixteen years, he was a founding member of the Midwest Athletic Conference. In 1975 he implemented the girl's athletic program at Minster. He has been elected into the Northwest District Hall of Fame and the Ohio Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.

Carson was an official for over thirty years and a District and MAC Meet Director for over ten years. In 1993, he earned the Contributor Award from the Ohio Officials Association. The Ohio High School Athletic Association Meritorious Award was presented to him in 2005 for officiating. Carson also published the Ohio Track & Field News and Cross Country News for over twenty years. He was a recruiting source for coaches coast to coast and a contributing information source for local, state, and national publications.

His latest contributions have been as OAT&CCC Historian and as the Cross Country Clinic Director. The OAT&CCC has twice awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. Carson is also an Army combat veteran of Vietnam, having served with the 82nd Airborne and 1st Infantry Divisions.

Because of his many efforts on behalf of our sports, the athletes and coaches, and his community, we are proud to recognize Carson Cheek as the 2014 Ed Barker Award winner.

Dave Clegg
Dave Clegg

Has coached track at Alliance High School since 1968. Has coached cross country at Alliance since 1974. Won the state high school track meet in 1984 and tied for first in 1976. Has won two track district/regional meets. Has won four league track and three league cross country meets in four years of league participation. Has coached six individuals who have won state high school track meet events, and one individual who won the state high school cross country meet. Has won 100 dual/tri track meets and 60 dual/tri cross country meets.

Ed Chay

Editor of "Ohio Track and Field News". Promoted track and field throughout Ohio. Was major source ofcommunication of the sport. Hall of Fame.

Edward Chay
Edward Chay

Founder, editor, and publisher of "Ohio Track and Field News" for 24 years from 1964 through 1988. Founder, editor, and publisher of "Ohio Indoor Report" for eight years from 1976 through 1984. Dedicated to the promotion of high school track and cross country. For many years his newspaper was the major source of statewide track and field and cross country information.

Edward Cook
Edward Cook

Ran, jumped and vaulted for Chillicothe High School and Cornell University. Tied for first in the 1908 Olympic pole vault. Set two national high school long jump records, and tied the the 100 yard dash national record four times. Finished 4th in the 1908 Olympic long jump. Won two IC4A and two national AAU outdoor pole vault titles. He graduated from high school before the first state high school track meet was held. Coached track at Oakwood High School from 1926 through 1942. Won three state high school track meets and five district track meets. Coached eight individual state track meet winners. Set 18 state high school records. Official.

Fred Cope
Fred Cope

Coached track at Bucyrus from 1930 through 1932. Coached track at Salem from 1934 through 1941 and 1944 through 1947. Coached cross country at Salem from 1938 through and 1944 and 1945. Won nine league track meets. Ran for Salem High School and Mt. Union college. Won two Ohio Athletic Conference events and set one Ohio College outdoor record.Coached one individual State High School Cross Country champions. Offical. Has been a district meet manager in track for 53 years. OATC president. Ed Barker Award.

Frederick E. Cope

Was a successful runner at Salem High School and Mt. Union College. Coached track at Bucyrus and Salem High Schools. Has been an official for 54 years and has managed various district meets all 54 years. Has officiated at 37 State High School Track Meets and 51 Columbiana County Meets. Served as OATC president.

Gene Cole
Gene Cole

Ran for Lancaster High School and Ohio State University. Set the national high school record in the 440 in the 1948 state high school track meet. Also won two other events in that meet. Ran on the second place 4 X 400 meter relay team in the 1952 Olympics. Won one big ten conference title. Scored in one national AAU 400.

George Corneal
George Corneal

Coached track at Lakewood High School from 1917 through 1944. Coached cross country at Lakewood from 1928 through 1943. His teams won five State Meet track titles and three State Meet cross country titles. Earned seven State track runnerup positions. Won 16 district and 21 league track championships. Won three cross country districts. Coached 51 individual State Track Meet winners and one State Cross Country Meet winner. His athletes set two national relay records.

Howard Carr
Howard Carr

Coached track at Oakwood High School from 1959 through 1979. Coached cross country at Oakwood from 1960 through 1973. Won eight conference track and four conference cross country meets. Founded and managed the Oakwood Relays. Coached two college All -Americans.

Joe Crallie
Joe Crallie

A graduate of Sandy Valley, Joe Crallie ran track under Coach Ed Lidderdale. This speedster excelled at the 100 M. (10.6) and the 200 M. (22.1). He was equally outstanding in the Long Jump with a tremendous leap of 24’ 3 1/2”. It was in the long jump where Mr. Crallie set a Div. II record in 1994 and a Div. III record in 1995. He still holds both divisions' records. In 1995, Joe led his team to a 2nd place finish at the State Meet. Mr. Crallie went on to further his career while at Ohio State. His best jump was 25’5”. In the Big Ten Championships, Joe placed 5th in ’96, 4th in ’97, and 4th in ’99.

Julie Cole
Julie Cole

Julie started her coaching career at Wintersville HS in 1983 before moving to Berkshire HS the following year – and since then, the Badgers have made a habit of going to the State Championships in both cross country and track & field. An outstanding runner in high school and college, Julie brought her expertise to Berkshire and created a running environment that epitomizes success and annually turns out champions at all levels.

In cross country – boys and girls programs combined – her teams have been dominant! After winning 33 East Suburban and Chagrin Valley Conference Championships, Julie’s teams have gone on to win 14 District Championships and 26 District Runner-up titles. The Badgers have qualified to the Regional Meet 51 times with four of those winning Regional Championships and twelve winning Runner-up titles. Berkshire teams have qualified to the State Championship 24 times with the girls’ highest finish coming in 2009 (3rd) and the boys highest finish also coming in 3rd (1994). There have been 47 individual state qualifiers, 16 of whom have earned All-Ohio honors.

In track, the success has been the same. Twenty-six league championships have been followed up by 14 District Championships and 13 District Runner-up titles. The Badgers have won one Regional Meet and they have been Runners-up on five other occasions. In 1999, Julie’s girls’ track team won the State Runner-up title. Individually, 90 individuals have qualified to the State Meet and Berkshire relays have qualified 42 times. There have been five individual State Runners-up and five State Champions including Kelly Green (800M), Patrick Buddenbaum (800M), and two-time 800M winner, Debbie Duplay. On the boys’ side, Dan Taylor won the discus in 1998 and set a DIII all-time record with a throw of 200-11 before going on to a world-class career in the shot put. Three State Champion relays and four State Runner-up relays round out an impressive resume of State Championship performances.

The winner of numerous awards at all levels, Julie was the 2003 Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year. In 2011, she received the OHSAA Sports, Ethics, and Integrity Award and in 2012, she was inducted into the Berkshire HS Hall of Fame. She continues to coach at Berkshire and lives in Chardon, Ohio.

Les Carney
Les Carney

Ran sprints at Wintersville High School and Ohio University. Was second in the 1960 Olympic Games 200 meters. Scored in one NCAA 220 and two national AAU 200's. Won five American Conference events.

Lincoln Cobb
Lincoln Cobb
They say that when Albert Einstein died, he was still trying to figure out gravity. Shoot—all he had to do was go to Pettisville High School and Lincoln Cobb could have helped him with that, or at least with the part of how to overcome it. Pettisville did not have a track of any type during Lincoln’s first three years of competition, so it was pretty tough to work on the specifics of such a technical event as long jump. Despite this lack of facilities, Lincoln won the State Champion title in the 1989 long jump as a sophomore and then came back to repeat as State Champion as a junior. Also in his junior year, Lincoln qualified to the State Meet in the 100M and 200M events where he qualified to the finals and finished third in both events earning Pettisville a 3rd place team finish and just missing the podium. Not bad for a kid with no track. What if he had the advantage that so many others take for granted? To find out, the summer between his junior and senior year, Pettisville built an eight lane track & field facility largely with the help of volunteer labor of which Lincoln and his dad put in more than their share of man hours. And it paid off— In 1991, Lincoln was again the only entrant in the Division III State Championship from Pettisville. But—when you know how to beat gravity, one entrant is all you need. At the end of the day, Lincoln had won the long jump for a third time, added another state title in the 100M, taken second in the 200M, scored 28 points, and won the State Championship team trophy for Pettisville. Currently, this 1991 trip to the podium is the only team title in Pettisville’s track & field history. Lincoln’s 23’ 9¾” stood as a State Record until 2011 and his Miami University record jump of 24’ 5” stood until 2002. Final count: four championship titles, one runner-up title, and one team title. Lincoln now lives in Mason, Ohio.
Mark Cannon
Mark Cannon

Mark Cannon attended Elyria High School from 1984 – 1987, competing in track and field for three of those seasons-’85, ’86, and ’87. He was a proud member of the track team coached by Head Coach Daryl Nalle and Assistant Coach Tim Johnson. Mark’s specialty was the high jump where he lost only two meets in three years and was undefeated as a senior. During his career, he won many events/relays in addition to three District and Regional titles and was also the State Champion all 3 years. The 3 state records Mark set probably make him the proudest. Two of these were set indoors and in 1987, Mark leaped 7’ 2 1/4” to set an outdoor record which still stands today. Mark received High School All-American honor on two occasions.

Mr. Cannon attended Ohio State University where he was named Captain of the track team. He graduated with a BA in Economics in 1992. He won the Big Ten, the Penn Relays, the Dogwood Relays, and the Kansas Relays. His efforts won him All-Big Ten as well as NCAA All-American honors. He held both the indoor 7’ 3 1/4” and the outdoor 7’ 4 1/4” records at OSU. The indoor record still stands. Mr. Cannon also competed in both NCAA and TAC/USATF National meets.

Mr. Cannon is currently the Head Track Coach at Columbus State Community College. He lives in Reynoldsburg with his lovely wife Renee and twins (son and daughter) Kyle Alexander and Kara Nichole.

Mark Croghan
Mark Croghan

Mark Croghan attended Greenburg Green High School in the mid-eighties. His specicality was distance running. In 1986, Mark won the 1600 with a time of 4:10.78. He also won the 3200 with a time of 9:19. In 1984, he won the state cross country championship. Mark also has championships to his credit in many relays including Cleveland Heights, Copley, Green, Mentor, and the Mid West Meet of Champions.

While attending Ohio State, Mark won two Big 10 steeplechase events as well as the Ohio Collegiate CC race. Relays to his college credit include, Searay, NCAA, Ohio, and Jessee Owens.

On an international level, this outstanding runner participated in three Olympic Games, four World Championships, and two Goodwill Games, Mr. Croghan is currently coaching at Kent State University.

Marvin "Marv" Crosten
Marvin Crosten

Coached boys track at Upper Arlington from 1965 through 1974 and boys cross country from 1964 through 1973. Won eight district titles in each sport. Won seven track and six cross country league meets. Was runnerup in two State Cross Country Meets and one State Track Meet. Coached seven individual State Track Meet winners. Coached girls track at Upper Arlington from 1979 through 1985 and girls cross country from 1978 through 1984. Won four State Cross Country Meets and one State Track Meet. Won all four league and all seven district/regional cross country meets. Won all seven conference anf four district/regional track meets. Was runnerup in one State Cross Country Meet and twice in the State Track Meet. Coached ten individual State Track Meet winners and one individual State Cross Country Meet winner. Official. Meet Manager. Ed Barker Award. OATC president. 1981 Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year and 1985 Girls Track Coach of the Year. Ohio coach of the Midwest meet of Champions in 1974. Was a successful runner at Bowling Green State University and Akron North High School.

Mary Crosten

Coached boys and girls track at Upper Arlington from 1965 through 1985 where his teams won several state championships. Has been an official and meet manager for many years. Originated the Ohio Indoor Classic Track Meet and has managed this meet to the present. Originated the OAT&CCC Cross Country Clinic and has directed it to the present. Served as OATC president. Was coach of Ohio team at Midwest Meet of Champions. Helps to organize the Annual Track & Field Clinic. Hall of Fame.

Maureen Cogan-Speros
Maureen Cogan-Speros

Women’s cross country in Ohio was only in its third year of State Championship competition, but Maureen left an impression that guaranted it was here to stay. Hailing from Kettering Fairmont East, Maureen was the 1979 OHSAA State Champion and over the next two years of competition only lost once. In the 1600M, Maureen ran 5:02.5 and 4:59.36 in 1980 and 1981 respectively to win back to back Runner-up titles.

It was in college where Maureen set records of which most people can only dream. An Ohio State Buckeye, she currently holds six OSU records for Indoor Track and another four records in Outdoor Track including a 15:57.51 5K, a 9:14.4 3K, 4:45.11 in the mile, and a 10:06.1 two mile. In 1983, Maureen won the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championship and the following spring was the Big Ten champion in the 5000M as well as recording major wins at Drake, Penn, Tennessee, Pitt, and Illinois. In the fall of 1984, Maureen was 1st Team All Big Ten and earned All-American and set the OSU Cross Country record for a 5K at 16:30.4.

Following college, Maureen continued her running career competing at the national class level for the Bob Schul Racing Team from 1986-1989. In 1986, Maureen raced in the Olympic Trials Exhibition 5000M. A true role model for young women distance runners in the 1980’s, Maureen was one of the first to establish the Ohio tradition of national level competitors in a time when the debate still raged over whether or not women could race at these distances.

Also a member of the Dayton Athletic Association Athletic hall of Fame, she now resides in California.

Myron Cline
Myron Cline

Coached boys and girls track for 24 years and cross country for 22 years at Ada, Beechwood, and Kansas Lakota High Schools. Won one boys state cross country championship. Won one district and conference track meets. His cross country teams won 19 conference and four district/regional meets. Coached one individual state cross country champions. Founded and managed the Ada Track Relays and the Lakota Cross Country Invitational.

Neal Charske
Neal Charske

Has coached cross country at Kettering Fairmont East High School since 1963 to the present time. Coached girls cross country at these schools since 1977. Coached track at East from 1973 through 1976. Won eight boys and three girls league cross country meets. Won one boys and two girls district cross country meets. Coached one individual state cross country champion. Founded and managed the East Cross Country Invitational. Official. OAT&CCC president. OAT&CCC Scholarship and Hall of Fame Chairman. Founded and managed the Mideast Cross Country Championships in 1987 through the present.

Neal Charske

Coached track and cross country at Kettering Fairmont East and Kettering Fairmont High Schools from 1963 to the present. Is a noted official. In 1987 Originated and manages the Mideast Cross Country Championships to the present. Served as Hall of Fame chairman, Scholarship chairman, and as OAT&CCC president. Hall of Fame.

Ollie Cline
Ollie Cline

Competed at Mansfield Senior High School and Bowling Green University. Was the three time state meet champion in the pole vault in 1945, 1946, and 1947. Finished second in National Junior Olympics. Voted outstanding Ohio High School performer in 1947 by UP Press. Official.

Richard Cooley
Richard Cooley

Coached track at Amherst Steel High School from 1957 through 1982 and cross country from1959 through 1982. His cross country teams won the 1962 and 1977 State Meets and he had one runnerup. Won 11 conference and two district cross country meets and had coached three individual State Cross Country Meet winners. Won 19 conference track meets and coached three individuals who won in the State Track Meet. Official. Meet founder and manager. Ed Barker Award. Ohio Coach of Midwest Meet of Champions. OAT&CCC Boys cross country coach of the year.

Richard Cooley

Coached track and cross country at Amherst Steele High School from 1957 through 1982 where he won many championships and coached outstanding individuals. Is a noted official. Served as coach of the Ohio team at the Midwest Meet of Champions.

Robert Cannon
Robert Cannon

Robert Cannon was an outstanding jumper at Columbus Eastmoor where he long jumped 23'6" and triple jumped 43'6". Later, Robert excelled at Indiana University where he won 7 Big Ten Championships with bests of 25'9" and 52'7.5". Robert also won the NCAA triple jump and scored in 3 other NCAA Meets, won the TAC triple jump and scored in 4 others, and was a member of the Olympic and World Games Teams.

Robert Cochran
Robert Cochran

Coached track at Uniontown Lake High School 1951 through 1971. Won two district and nine league championships. Coached two individual State High School track Meet winners. Won over 200 dual/tri track meets.

Roberta Collins
Roberta Collins

Roberta Collins attended Sandusky High School and was coached by Gary Lill and Toby Notestine. In 1995, this outstanding talent threw the discus 173’ 10” which was the best throw in the United States that year. She also threw the shot put 47’ 1”. Ms. Collins was the State Champion in 1995 in both the discus and the shot. She is the only athlete to be a 3X State Champ from Sandusky High School.

Ms. Collins graduated from Kent State University in 2000 and was named to the Kent State Hall of Fame. While there, she was an 8 time MAC Champion in the discus (3X), shot put(1X), and weight. (4X). Her MAC discus was a MAC record. Roberta was a 3X All-American and placed 5th at the NCAA’s in 1997. She was also 4X Ohio Games discus/shot put Champion. She also won the Penn Relays in the discus in 1997. Roberta was the Jesse Owens Discus Champion and placed 7th at the 2000 Olympic trials with a throw of 189’ 11”.

Currently, Ms. Collins is the Assistant Track Coach at Huron High School.

Ted Corbitt
Ted Corbitt

Competed for Cincinnati Woodward and Cincinnati University. Outstanding miler who had most success at the college level. Was national AAU marathon champion. Held five American records in distance running. Participated in one Olympic Marathon.

Todd Clark
Todd Clark

Coach Todd Clark led the cross country and track team from Cloverleaf for 35 years. Under his guidance, his CC teams have had 47 invitational wins and 46 invitational runner-ups. His boys teams have qualified for the State meet 7 times and his girls teams four times. Willie Wiley in 1986 and Kim Malarkey in 1990 were State runner-ups. The girls placed second in 1988 and third in 1989. Coach Clark has also had 51 State CC qualifiers.

In track, Coach Clark guided Dave Freeland to State runner-up in the 800 meter. He has had 52 individual State track qualifiers. Besides his coaching, Clark has helped the sport in other ways. He proposed the State CC poll in 1985 and has coordinated it ever since. He served as the Mid East coach and also helped set up the Scioto Downs State CC course. In 1976 and 1977 this deserving man organized an unofficial girls State meet to promote girls cross country.

Tony Conkle
Tony Conkle

Tony Conkle attended East Palestine High School where he was coached by Hall of Fame Coach Bill Ward. As a decathlete, Tony excelled in many different events. He won the State Meet in the Shot Put both in 1952 and 1953 and the 1953 effort set a State Meet record with a toss of 54’ 9”. He also placed 2nd in the Discus, 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the 220. This was all run on a cinder track. In the 1953 State Meet, Mr. Conkle scored 17 points at a time when first place only received 6 points. This placed East Palestine third in the A Division (big school) and earned Tony the Castleman Award as the Outstanding Athlete in the State. He was further twice named the outstanding meet athlete at both the NEO District Meet and at the Columbiana County Meet. Mr. Conkle’s best efforts include 9.8 in the 100, 21.7 in the 220, 55’9” in the shot put, 149”10” in the discus, and 22”4” in the long jump shot put. While in college in 1961, Mr. Conkle threw the Shot 58” 3 1/2” which was a NAIA Small College record. He further tossed the Discus 161’ 11” and Long Jumped 23” 2 1/2”. This all-around athlete also ran the 100 yd. Dash in 9.7 and the 120 Hurdles in 14.9. In club competition, he threw the 16 pound shot put 59’ 3”.In later years, Mr. Conkle coached football, track, and volleyball including two years on the National Men’s volleyball staff. As a 66 yr.old powerlifter, he set four National and four World records including a 501 pound squat.

Tony Carna
Tony Carna

Tony Carna attended Caldwell High School where he specialized in distance running. He was coached by Dugan Hill and Ron Martin. While in high school, Tony was credited with outstanding times which included 4:18 in 1,600 M, 8:38 in the 3,000 M 9:18 in the 3,200 M and 15:12 in the 5,000 M. His accomplishments include being one of only four men to date to win three individual state cross country titles, two track state champions, and the TAC 15-16 age group national champion at 5,000 M. Tony was also named a Harrier Magazine Cross Country All-American and was a nine time All-Ohioan. He also led Caldwell High School to the 1985 and 1986 State Cross Country team titles, which was the beginning of eight consecutive state cross county titles for the Redskins.

Tony then attended the University of Michigan where he was an eight-time letter winner, and earned All Big Ten and All-American honors. Tony led Michigan to a sixth place finish at the 1991 NCAA Cross Country Champions finishing 21st, the 13th American overall.

Wayne Clark

Wayne Clark coaches cross country and track and field at Zanesville High School. Wayne is a past president of OAT&CCC an now is the Track & Field Clinic Chairman. Wayne has been on the OHSAA Track and Field Advisory Committee. He has performed many services for OAT&CCC through activities such as designing and obtaining Ohio team uniforms for the MidEast Cross Country Meet and the Midwest Track and Field Meet. Clark served as manager for the Ohio team at both meets. Wayne has been successful in obtaining corporate backing for various events which are sponsored by the OAT&CCC. Wayne has served on many OAT&CCC committees. Wayne will be most remembered for his creation and promotion of the official OAT&CCC logo.

Wayne Clark
Wayne Clark

There is a reason the Ohio Track & Field Clinic is the largest and best clinic in the nation and it is Wayne Clark. For over 20 years, Wayne has been an army of one building the OATCCC Clinic into what it is today while also serving on the USTFCCCA Executive Board for four years, serving on the OATCCC Executive Board since 1979, and writing for Techniques magazine. Representing MF Athletics at clinics across the nation, Wayne’s reputation as a clinician in the areas of hurdles and relays has taken him to 19 different states where he has spoken to over 10,000 coaches. In seven other states, nearly 3,000 athletes have benefitted from Wayne’s sponsorship or organization of track and cross country camps.

Had Wayne never undertaken any of these ventures, however, he would still be the ideal candidate for the OATCCC Hall of Fame. A 30 year coach, his last 23 at Zanesville High School, Wayne enjoyed an enviable record of success. Under his guidance, Zanesville won 22 League and District titles in track and a n- other 16 League and District titles in cross country. His teams also went on to win Regional Runner -up and Regional Championship trophies. Seven individual State Champion victories came out of Zanesville under his tenure including two -time shot put champion, Erika Goines, two-time State Champion in the 110HH, Jon Thomas who also went on to win another title in the 300IH and two-time State Champion Ira Wentworth in the 3200M following on his cross country State Runner-up title.

Wayne’s service to the coaches and athletes of Ohio cannot be overstated. As a past President of the Eastern District and past Vice-President and President of the OATCCC, Wayne has been recognized as an inductee into the Muskingam County Veterans Hall of Fame and most recently was inducted into the Zanesville City Schools Hall of Fame. Whether as a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War, or as a 1996 official at the Atlanta Olympiad, Wayne Clark continues to represent Ohio on a national level that makes all of us who know him, proud to call him friend.

William Clauss
William Clauss

Coached track at Salem Township High School in 1935 and 1936, and Springfield and Springfield South High Schools from 1953 through 1972. His teams won 13 district/regional meets. Won two state meet titles and was runnerup three times. Coached 13 individual state meet winners.

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