Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Michael Fernandez (2017)
Michael Fernandez
Every coach’s heart has a special place for their alma mater and given any chance to return, will usually do so. A 1989 Wayne High School graduate and former school record holder in the 300IH (39.4) and 4 x 400M (3:19.51), Michael returned to Wayne in 1991 as an assistant coach and then middle school coach. He took the assistant coaching job in 1993 and served in that capacity until 1998 when he was named head coach where he remains today. And the rest, as they say, has been history. Michael brought a level of leadership and motivation that demanded his athletes bring their level of performance up to his level of expectation and they have responded over the years with a roll call of State Championship level performances as well as two Olympic Trials qualifiers (Darien Thornton and Alexis Thomas) Michael’s Warriors have sent 241 athletes to the State Championships with 75 of them earning All Ohio honors including 12 State Champions (11 individuals and one relay) and nine State Runner-up performances including two relays. The indoor track & field program at Wayne has also flourished under Coach Hernandez with 10 individual State Champions at the OATCCC Indoor TF Championships. Michael has had five 4 x 55M Shuttle Hurdle relay champions at the New Balance National Indoor TF Championships as well as another six individuals who placed top six, a total of eleven All American honors in Indoor Track and Field. Michael has coached Team Ohio to Midwest Meet of Champions title in 2014, ‘15, and ‘16. He continues to coach at Wayne High School and lives in Huber Heights, OH.
William Fetters (1982)
William Fetters

Coached cross country and track at Toledo Woodward from the fall of 1938 through the spring of 1941, at Toledo Waite from the fall of 1941 through the spring of 1953, and at Toledo Scott from the fall of 1953 through the spring of 1957. His 1951 cross country team was runnerup in the state meet. His cross country team won 11 conference and seven district meets. Coached three individual state track meet winners and one indvidual state cross country meet champion. Official.

Ed "Eddie" Finnegan (1969)
Ed Finnegan

Coached track at Baldwin Wallace College from 1935 through 1948 and at Western Reserve College from 1951 through 1965. Won five Ohio Athletic Conference meets while at Baldwin Wallace, and three Presidents Athletic conference meets while at Western Reserve. Won four All-Ohio track meets.

Lavonna Martin Floreal (2000)
Lavonna Floreal

Lavonna Martin Floreal is arguably the best athlete to ever graduate from Trotwood-Madison HS. During her career, Lavonna recorded the following results at the state meet: 100m hurdles - 1st two years, 3rd once; 300m hurdles - 1st once; 200- 1st twice; 100m dash - 1st once and 2nd once. During her HS career of 1981-84, Lavonna set 17 meet records. In indoor track, she set three national hs records.

Mrs. Floreal graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in education. While a Vol, she was an All-American 14 times. Other accomplishments include winning three individual and two relay NCAA events, setting a Pan American Games record, winning three national TAC 100 hurdles titles, placing second in the world indoor championships, making the finals in the 1988 Olympics, and winning the silver medal in the 1992 Olympics. Mrs. Floreal currently resides and teaches in Palo Alto, California.

Bob Fowle (1986)
Bob Fowle

Coached track at Columbus Rosary in 1946 and 1947, at Alexandria in 1948, at Summit Station in 1949, 1950, and 1951, at New Lexington St. Alyosius from 1952 through 1961, at Columbus Ready in 1962, at Zanesville Rosecrans from 1963 through 1966, and at Columbus Wehrle from 1967 through 1985. Coached cross country at Rosecrans in 1964, 1965, and 1966; and at Wehrle from 1966 through 1984. Won four state track meets and two runnersup at Wehrle. Won two conference track and one conference cross country meet. Won four track district/regional meets. Coached 18 individual state track meet winners. Founded and managed the New Lexington Relays. OAT&CCC 1984 Boys Track Coach of the Year.

Cynthia Anzalone Fox (2010)
Cynthia Fox

Mrs. Anzalone -Fox, an outstanding distance runner, was coached by Jim Zickes. While in high school, she went to State in 3 events. Her cross country time for the 2 ½ mile was 14:48. In the 800 M, Cynthia finished first at State in 2:15 and in the 1600 M. she was District and Regional Champ finishing in 5:06.3. In the 1980 East Coast Classic Mrs. Anzalone-Fox was named the most outstanding athlete when she won first place in both the 880 yd. and in the mile, running 4:59.3.

Cynthia attended the University of Houston. She posted a 2:05.1 in the 800 M, a 4:19 in the 1500 M., a 9:11.4 in the 3,000 M., and a 16.20.3 in the 5,000 M. She was named NCAA All American in Indoor track in the 1,000 yd. run. She is also a member of the University of Houston Track and Field Hall of Fame.

In 1988, Cynthia was named the U.S. representative in the “Friendship Race 10K” in Volgograd USSR.

Jim Fox (Ed Barker Award - 2004)
Jim Fox

Jim Fox has given outstanding dedication to track and cross Country. As an athlete, Jim ran in the State Meet in Pennsylvania and became an eight time All-American at Mt. Union College. Beginning in 1967, Jim coached high school athletes at Salem High School, Toledo DeVilbiss, and finally at Youngstown Boardman. Jim has been a registered official for 36 years, serving as a rules interpreter for ten years. Jim has also officiated at the State Track Meet for 20 years. Jim is well known throughout Ohio as a long time meet manager for both track and cross country invitationals and State Tournaments. Jim Fox was the Youngstown Boardman Athletic Director for five years, retiring in 2002.

Scott Fry (2001)
Scott Fry

Scott Fry ran at Sandusky Perkins HS where he was coached by John Hinton and Jim Hauser. His high school bests were 8:58 indoors and 8:54.85 outdoors in the two mile. His 3200 time of 8:46.7 led the nation. His best 1600 was 4:08.03. Scott was state champion in the 1600 in 1984 and 1985 and also won the 3200 in 1985.

Scott won many other prestigious meets including the state meet cross country meet in 1983 and 1984, the Kinney, the Golden West, and the Jr. National 5000.

Scott attended the University of Wisconsin where he won five Big Ten events and scored in five NCAA Meets.

Marv Frye (2017)
Marv Frye
Marv Frye has been a winner all of his life as an athlete and a coach. As a high school athlete in basketball, he helped Akron Ellet HS win the 1944 Ohio Class B Championship and District titles in 1946 and 1947. He lettered in track and basketball at Heidelberg before graduating in 1951, did two years at Bellville HS as head coach in basketball and track, and then returned to Heidelberg where he helped the football team win Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in 1954, ‘56, and ‘59. His 1960 track team went undefeated and also won the OAC. For these accomplishments, Marv was inducted into the Heidelberg Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1960, when he went to Ohio Wesleyan to take over the head track and field coaching job is when Marv made his mark on track and field in Ohio. Over the next 37 years, he built Ohio Wesleyan into a perennial power in the OAC, and now the North Coast Athletic League. The regard in which he is held as an educator, mentor, role model, and friend to hundreds of OW athletes was perhaps best demonstrated in 1985 when his athletes donated nearly $300,000 to build the all-weather track at OWU, twice the site of the DIII National Championships as recently as 2014. Marv’s teams won three NCAC titles. He has coached 123 conference champions, 25 NCAA Division III All Americans, two Academic All Americans, and seven National Champions. His athletes still hold 14 of the 22 school records. Marv has been named NCAC Coach of the Year on two occasions (’90, ‘96), and was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1974, he was elected as the first ever president of the DIII TF Coaches Association. H e served as host and meet director for the 1984 NCAA Cross Country Championships and also served as Meet Director of the All Ohio XC Championships for 37 years. Marv is also highly respected for the 24 times he has served as referee for the NCAA National Championship Meet. Marv and his wife, Ellen, live in Delaware, Ohio.

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