Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Fred Dafler (1973)
Fred Dafler

Coached 12 years of track and cross country at Pitsburg Franklin Monroe High School. Won two track district meets. Won seven league cross country and six league track championships. Coached one individual State Track Meet champion. Won 99 dual/tri track meets and 49 dual/tri cross country meets. Official. Ed Barker Award. Has helped track and cross country in Ohio as the Assistant and Associate Commissioner of the OHSAA, especially in officiating.

Fred Dafler (Ed Barker Award - 1983)
Fred Dafler

Coached track and cross country for 12 years at Pitsburg Franklin Monroe High School. Serves at an official and has been involved with amending high school track and field and cross country rules at the national level. Has promoted track and field and cross country while serving as Assistant and Associate Commissioner of the OHSAA. Hall of Fame.

Willie Davenport (1972)
Willie Davenport

Hurdled for Warren Howland Township High School and Southern University. Won the high hurdles in the 1968 Olympic Games. Placed third in the 1976 Olympic high hudles, fourth in the 1972 Olympic high hurdles and participated in the 1964 Olympic high hurdles. Set/tied nine indoor world high hurdles records and tied three outdoor high hurdle world records. Won four NAIL high hurdle championships- two indoor and two outdoor. Won four AAC high hurdle races and scored in seven other outdoor. Won five AAC high hurdle indoor races. Member of National Track Hall of Fame. Won one event in the state high school track meet.

Glenn Davis (1971)
Glenn Davis

Sprinted, hurdled, and jumped for Marietta High School, Barberton High School, and Ohio State University. Won two Olympic 400 hurdle races and ran on an Olympic winning 4 X 400 meter relay. Set six outdoor world records. Won three AAU 400 hurdle races and scored in another. Won one NCAA 440 and scored in one 400 hurdles. Won eight Big Ten championships. Set five Ohio college indoor records and 16 outdoor Ohio college records. Coached track and cross country at Cornell University from 1962 through 1967. Coached track at Barberton High School from 1968 through 1981 and again in 1987.Has won four conference meets at Barberton. Member of National Track Hall of Fame. Won three events in state track meet to win the team championship. Sullivan Award. Set one state high school record.

Richard Davisson (1973)
Richard Davisson

Coached track at Richmond Dale Southeastern High School from 1948 through 1967. Coached cross country in 1966. Had eight conference and five district track wins. Won 89 dual/tri track wins. Official. Meet manager.

Estelle Baskerville Deihl (1990)
Estelle Deihl

Jumped for Columbus East High School and the Ohio Track Club. Competed in the high jump for the U.S. National Team in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games and the 1963 Pan American Games. She won two indoor national AAU championships. She set one high school high jump record.

James Demo (1984)
James Demo

Coached track at Cleveland Glenville from 1966 through 1969, at Cincinnati Purcell from 1971 through 1973, at Cincinnati Roger Bacon from 1974 through 1977, and at Medina from 1978 to the present. Coached cross country at Glenville from 1966 through 1968, at Purcell from 1970 through 1972, at Roger Bacon from 1973 1976, and at Medina from 1984 to the present. Won two state track titles at Glenville and two regional track meets while at Glenville. Won one conference track championship. Won one league and one district cross country meet. Coached six individual state track meet winners. Official.

Ross Deye (2012)
Ross Deye

A 1972 alumnus of Sylvania High School, Ross came home to guide Sylvania Southview and Sylvania Northview to statewide prominence. Between the two schools, he piled up 32 Northern Lakes League titles in both girls and boys cross country combined. Ross’ teams racked up 17 District Championships and 12 Regional Championships while coaching Southview’s boys and girls, and four District Championships and one Regional Championship while at Northview.

At Southview (1983-1997) is where Ross developed one of the most dominate teams of the 80’s and 90’s as his boys went on a 11 year streak of qualifying to the State Meet, winning DI Championship titles three of those years (’87-’91-’92) and Runner-up titles in three others (’88-’89-’93). Not to be outdone, his girls also went to State Meet eight of those years and won their own state Championship in 1994. At Northview—from 1998-2009— Coach Deye continued his tradition of excellence taking the boys cross country teams to the State Meet six of his twelve years.

In track & field, Ross’ teams won six Northern Lakes League titles between the two schools

Ross was the 1993 Coach of the Year for Ohio and in 2010, he was inducted into the Sylvania Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. That same year that he won the Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year Award from the OATCCC.

Ross may have retired from teaching in 2010, but not coaching. Re-locating to Michigan, he remains active in coaching working with the Traverse City West boys’ cross country program.

Team totals: District Champions: 21 District Runner-up: 10Regional Champions: 13 Regional Runner-up: 4State Champions: 4 State Runners-up: 3 State qualifying teams: 23
Theresa Diggs (2009)
Theresa Diggs

Theresa Diggs, an outstanding sprinter and jumper, attended Bishop Hartley H.S. where she was coached by Jeri Price. While in high school, Ms. Diggs ran the 100M in 11.7, the 200 M. in 25.44, and long jumped 19’ 2.5”. At the State meet, Ms. Diggs, placed first in all 3 events plus was a member of the championship 800R. team. Her marks at the 1984 Div. 2 State meet set 3 new records and tied a record in the 4th event. Theresa attended Ohio State where long jump (20’ 11.25”) and triple jump (40’ 3.5”) were her specialties. She set a school record with her long jump. Theresa was the Big Ten Champion both indoor and outdoor and set 8 Ohio outdoor collegiate and 6 Ohio indoor collegiate records. She also qualified for the Olympic trials.

Harrison Dillard (1971)
Harrison Dillard

Hurdled and sprinted for Cleveland East Tech High school and Baldwin Wallace College. Won four Olympic gold medals, two 4 X 100 relays, one 100 meters, and one high hurdles. Set/tied 14 indoor world records and four outdoor records. Won five AAU hurdles outdoor, and scored in two others. Won eight AAU indoor hurdle events. Won four NCAA hurdle titles outdoors. Won two events in the state high school track meet. Set two Ohio Athletic Conference events. Member of the National Hall of Fame. Had an 82 sprint/hudle win streak. Sullivan Award winner 1955.

Jim Dillion (1982)
Jim Dillion

Threw for Harpster High School and Auburn University. Placed third in the 1952 Olympic discus. Won two NCAA discus titles and placed in another. Won one AAU discus event and placed in another. Won one state high school track shot put event. Won several southeastern conference events.

Gilbert Dodds (1982)
Gilbert Dodds

Ran for Ashland College. Won the 1940 NCAA cross country race and scored in another. Set two indoor mile world records. Scored twice in the NCAA outdoor two mile. Won three outdoor AAU 1500's. Set one Ohio college outdoor record. Won the 1943 Sullivan Award. Was the Wheaton College cross country and track coach from the fall of 1945 to the spring of 1959.

Ron Dotson (1970)
Ron Dotson

Coached track at Lima Central High School from 1934 through 1942 and at Lima Senior from 1947 through 1974. Coached cross country at Central from 1933 through 1941 and at Senior from 1948 through 1975. Won seven district trsck meets and four district/regional cross country meets. Coached one State Cross Country individual champion. Won 194 dual/tri track meets and over 100cross country meets. Official.

Otis Paul Drayton (1980)
Otis Drayton

Sprinted for Cleveland Cathedral Latin High School and Villanova University. Won an Olympic gold medal for running on a 4x100 relay that won and set a world record. Was second in the 200 in the same Olympics. Ran on another world record 4x100 relay. Won three AAU outdoor 220's and scored in four other sprints. Won two events in the state high school track meet. Set one state high school record.

Pete Dreher (1972)
Pete Dreher

Coached track at Montpelier High School from 1957 through 1980. Coached two teams that were State Track Meet runnerup. Won 20 league and four district/regional track championships. Won 106 dual/tri track meets. Coached two individual State Track Meet champions. Coached cross country at Montpelier from 1968 through 1972. Official.

Carl Dupler (1976)
Carl Dupler

Coached track at Hollister in 1937, 1938, and 1939, at Nelsonville in 1945, and at Cambridge from 1946 through 1957 and from 1961 through 1970. Won three league titles at Cambridge. Was a successful runner at Ohio University, winning two events in the Buckeye Conference in track. Meet manager. Official.

Fred Durkle (Ed Barker Award - 1993)
Fred Durkle

Fred Durkle was a successful athlete and coach at West Alexandria Lanier Township High School. He also coached at Lewisburg High School. He has managed many important meets and helped develop many important improvements in track and field as a meet administrator.

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