Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Sim Earich (Ed Barker Award - 1971)
Sim Earich

Coached track at Pomeroy, Struthers, Warren Harding, Cortland, and Southington. Was an officaal for 44 years. Officiated the State Track and Cross Country meet s for many years. OATC president. Was a successful track athlete at Ohio University. Meet Manager. Ed Barker Award.

Art Edwards (1991)
Art Edwards

Coached track at Toledo Scott High School in 1958, 1959, and 1960; at Springfield Township from 1965 through 1968; and at Kent Roosevelt High School from 1969 through 1989. His teams won 14 league and one district/regional meet. Coached two individual state meet winners.

Don "Red" Edwards (Ed Barker Award - 2012)
Don Edwards

The Ed Barker Award is given as acknowledgement to the individual who has shown the most exceptional service to the OAT & CCC and to the sports of track and cross country in Ohio. Don “Red” Edwards has given over fifty years of service to the sport of Track and Field in Ohio. He started coaching at Big Walnut in 1957. Except for a few years, he has remained involved. Red started both boys and girls cross country programs at the high school level. He also began the middle school programs in 1985. Red was the first member inducted into the Big Walnut Hall of Fame. For ten years, Red coached the Women’s division of the Ohio Track Club in central Ohio. In 1976 Red started the Sunbury Track Club in which he still remains active.

Perhaps even more than his coaching, Don “Red” Edwards is known for his outstanding collection of track and field memorabilia. After starting in 1954, Red’s collection has grown so much that he bought the house next door and now uses it for a museum. It is free to the public. The items are from around the world and the Ohio collection is an exceptional show case. Since 1985, Red has displayed many of these items at our clinic. They not only educate, but enhance the historic importance of track and field in Ohio. Anyone attending our clinic will certainly enjoy and learn from what Red has included.

The OAT&CCC recognized Don by dedicating the 2009 clinic to him in appreciation of his dedication. We are privileged to honor Don “Red” Edwards as our Ed Barker winner.

Jim Ehler (1987)
Jim Ehler

Coached cross country and track at West Alexandria Lanier from the fall of 1950 through the spring of 1952. Coached track at Versailles in 1955. Coached track at Kettering Fairmont East from 1963 through 1972. Won five conference track meets. Won 121 dual/tri track meets. Official.

Les Eisenhart (1970)
Les Eisenhart

Coached track at Port Clinton in 1942 and 1943, and cross country in 1941, 1942, and 1943. Coached track at Worthington from 1947 through1979 and cross country from 1946 through 1977. Won State Cross Country championship. Won 24 league and 18 district cross country titles. Won 20 conference and seven district track meets. Coached five individual state track meet winners and two state cross country meet individual winners. Ran for Columbus North and Ohio State University. Won one event in the State High School Track Meet. Scored twice in the AAU outdoor 1500 and once in the 800. Scored twice in the NCAA outdorr 880 and once in the NCAA Cross Country Championsips. Ed Barker Award. OATC president. Boys Track Coach of the year. Set two Ohio college indoor records and one Ohio college outdoor record. Official.

Les Eisenhart (Ed Barker Award - 1987)
Les Eisenhart

Coached track and cross country at Port Clinton and Worthington High Schools from 1942 through 1979. Coached many championship teams and individuals during his tenure. Is a noted official. Served as OATC president. Hall of Fame.

Warren "Mousey" Eisenhutt (1970)
Warren Eisenhutt

Coached track at Xenia OSSO, Woodrow Wilson in 1942 and from 1945 through 1975. Won four State High School Track Meets and runnerup twice. Won 16 district and eight conference track meets. Coached 18 individual state high school track events. Won 130 dual/tri track meets. OATC president.

Tom Elkins (1995)
Tom Elkins

Tom Elkins has been the boys track and field coach at Cleveland John Marshall High School since 1979. He has been the boys cross country coach from 1975 through 1977, 1986 through 1989, and 1992 & 1993. His teams have won two State High School Team titles and three District and Regional Titles. Tom was named the boys Track&Field Career State Coach of the Year in 1992. His teams have won two Mansfield Relay Titles. He has been the Head Coach of the Midwest Meet of Champions. Tom's athletes have won seven individual titles at the State Track Meet.

Richard Elsasser (1999)
Richard Elsasser

Richard Elsasser was the boys' track and field coach at Elyria Catholic High School from 1968-1975 and the boys' cross country coach from 1971-1976, and 1978-1984. He also served as the girls' cross country coach from 1982-1984. Richard was the mens' and womens' cross country coach at Baldwin Wallace College from 1985-1990. Richard has been the boys' and girls' track and field coach at Amherst Steele High School from 1990 - the present, and was the boys' cross country coach from 1994-1996. His cross country teams won three state championships, four district/regional championships, and fifteen conference championships. Richard won the state meet mile twice while in high school at Marion Catholic. He coached one athlete to a state meet title.

Donald "Red" Emery (1969)
Donald Emery

Ran for Prospect High School and Miami University. Won three Buckeye Conference track events and one cross country meet. Won two Ohio Athletic Conference cross country championships and one track event. Won one State Meet high school track event. Scored in one NCAA outdoor 2 mile. Coached cross country at Cleveland Lincoln High School from 1930 through 1941 and track from 1931 through 1942. Was runnerup in two State High School cross country meets. Won nine conference and six district cross country meets. Coached three individual state high school track meet winners. Managed the distrsict cross country meet. Official.

James Emery (1997)
James Emery

Beginning his coaching career in 1966, Mr. Emery has coached at John F. Kennedy HS, East Tech HS, and at Beaumont HS. He has been the mentor for such outstanding runners as Ray Marks, Ricky Pittman, Katy Radkwich, Calvin Washington, Brendan Walton, Reggie Reid, Aki Bradley, Marisa Posch, and many others. Mr. Emery has coached athletes to 7 state meet records. At Beaumont, his teams have won state meets in track (4) and cross-country (3). His 1995 cross country team set a record for lowest score (34) of any team in any division in the Ohio State Meet. In track Emery has coached 49 state champions (including relay members), 84 state meet qualifiers, and 57 All-Ohioans. His athletes have scored 371 points during his 21 years as a head coach.

John Evans (Ed Barker Award - 1980)
John Evans

Coached track and cross country at Westerville and Westerville South High Schools. Served as OATC treasurer.

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