Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Mike Garcia (1978)
Mike Garcia

Has coached track at Austintown Fitch High School from 1965 to the present and cross country at Fitch from 1968 to the present. Has won three state high school cross country meets and runner-up twice. Has won 16 league and six district/regional cross country meets. Coached four individual state high school cross country meet champions. Won 22 league track titles. Coached four individual state high school track meet winners.

Monica O. Gary (2000)
Monica Gary

Monica Gary is one of the leading track coaches in the nation. She has coached high school track for 25 years and cross-country for 17 years. Ms. Gary led the girls' teams at John Adams HS from 1975-1995 and coached at Beaumont HS from 1995 - 1999. Monica is presently the the assistant coach at Purdue University.

Ms. Gary's accomplishments include: 7 district titles, 5 regional titles; 7 state titles; 2 state runners-up; 14 individual state champions; 13 state relay champions; 9 state meet record holders; 12 high school All-Americans. Personal honors include being a staff member at the Atlanta Olympics, assistant coach at the Olympic Sports Festival, the first female recipient of the Ed Barker Award, and many others.

Monica works tirelessly and has been a leading force for the coaches' organization. She has served as a district representative for 15 years, been Ohio coach for the Midwest Meet of Champions, and has spoken many times at our coaches clinic.

Monica Gary (Ed Barker Award - 1995)
Monica Gary

Monica Gary has been the girls' track and field coach at Cleveland John Adams High School since 1976, and the girls' cross country coach since 1984. Her teams have won three State Track Meet Titles, and three District and three Regional Track Titles. Her teams have won one indoor, one outdoor track conference meet, and one cross country conference meet. Monica was named State Honored Coach of the Year in Girls Track & Field in 1983. Monica has been the Ohio Head Coach of the Midwest Meet of Champions. Her athletes have won 15 events in the State Track Meet. Monica has been involved with TAC/USATF on the national level for years.

George Gauthier (1969)
George Gauthier

Coached at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1921 through 1955. Won two Buckeye Conference and five Ohio Athletic Conference titles. Coached cross country at Wesleyan from 1955 through 1958. Won three Ohio Athletic Conference meets and one All-Ohio cross country championship. Coached one NCAA champion. Founded and managed the highly successful Ohio Wesleyan high school relays. OATC president. Official.

Ivan Geene (1969)
Ivan Geene

Coached track at Cleveland East Tech High School from 1938 through 1960. Won eight State High school track meets. Won 17 indoor and 19 outdoor conference meets, and 15 district track meets. Was runnerup in the State Track Meet three times. Coaches 46 individual state school track champions.OATC president.

Mylo "Mike" Gerken (1987)
Mylo Gerken

Coached track at Tinora in 1962, 1963, and 1964. Coached track at Ayersville from 1965 through 1983. Coached cross country at Ayersville from 1965 through 1982. Won one state high school cross country meet. Won six conference and three district cross country meets. Coached two state high school cross country meet individual winners. Coached two state high school track meet individual winners. Won 250 dual/tri cross country meets. Has coached cross country at Defiance College since 1985.

Frank Gibas (1998)
Frank Gibas

Frank Gibas has been the boys cross country coach at Kenston High School since 1974 to the present. He was the girls cross country coach from 1976 through 1979. He has been the boys track and field coach since 1980 to the present. His boys cross country teams have won one State Meet and have been runnerup three times. He has coached two individual state cross country meet winners, and four State Track Meet Winners. He was named Boys' Cross Country State Honored Coach of the Year in 1990.

Cal Giffin (1972)
Cal Giffin

Coached track at Bellaire High School from 1958 though 1967. Coached cross country at Bellaire from 1962 through 1966. Won five conference and five district track meets. Coached one individual State High School Track Meet champion. Won 58 dual/tri track meets. Official. Meet manager of Bellaire relays. OATC Vice President.

Rufus "Rufe" Glass (1970)
Rufus Glass

Coached track at Eaton from 1943 through 1946. Coached track at Columbus West from 1947 through 1971. Coached cross country at West from 1946 through 1970. Had one State High School Cross country Meet runnerup. Won five district and nine league cross country championships. Won two league track meets. Coached three State High School Track Meet indiviaual winners and three State High School Cross Country individual winners. OATC treasuer. Ed Barker Award. Official.

Rufus Glass (Ed Barker Award - 1972)
Rufus Glass

Coached track and cross country at Eaton and Columbus West from 1943 through 1970. Served at OATC treasurer. Hall of Fame.

James Gordon (1970)
James Gordon

Ran for Cleveland Heights High School and Miami University. Placed fifth in the 1936 Olympic Games 400. Won three 400's and one mile relay in conference meets. Runnerup in one NCAA 400. Scored twice in national AAU 400.Set one Ohio College outdorr record, and one Ohio college indorr record. Coached track at Cleveland West Tech High School for nine years where his teams won one indoor abd two outdoor conference titles. Won one district meet and coached one individual state high school track meet champion. Coached track at Lehigh University and the Iowa Preflight School. Assistant coach at Miami University. Official. Meet Manager.

Denise Gorski (Ed Barker Award - 2009)
Denise Gorski

This year’s winner of the Ed Barker award is most deserving. Denise Gorski’s contributions to track and field as well as to our organization have made her recognized and respected throughout the state. Ms. Gorski has coached at Boardman High School since 1982. She has led one State record holder (Laurie Gomez), two State Champions, one State Runner-up, and 16 other “All-Ohio” athletes in 10 different events. Her 81.7 winning percentage includes 12 SVC Championships, 11 Stark County Championships, and 7 District Championships.

Denise’s contributions to the OAT-CCC are many. She has served as a District rep, Association secretary, member of the scholarship committee, and coach of our Midwest team. She was named as Career State Coach of the Year. Ms. Gorski performs many duties at our annual clinic wherever the need.

Denise also has shown a great concern for people. She raised funds for a former athlete who developed cancer. She has shown great community spirit through her major commitment to the Boardman Parks Board. Her warm, friendly, enthusiastic personality has gained Denise Gorski many supporters. We are proud to add her name to the roll of distinguished Ed Barker Award recipients.

Joe Greene (2004)
Joe Greene

Mr. Joe Greene graduated from Stebbins High School where he was an outstanding long jumper. While he was a good high school athlete, he really cme into his own while attending the Ohio State University and after college. In the long jump ths talented jumper achieved a leap of 26'-7", and lept 55'-4 3/4" in th triple jump.

Mr. Greene earned the Bronze Medal twice in the long jump at the Olympic Games. He was the NCAA Division I long jump champion, and won eight Big-Ten titles. Joe further set five Ohio Collegiate Records. He is especially proud of eclipsing the indoor long jump record of the great Jesse Owens at Ohio State, a record that had stood for fifty-four years.

James Grey (Ed Barker Award - 2002)
James Grey

Jim Grey became active in track and field as volunteer worker when his son began participating in age group track in 1976. Jim followed his son throughout his high school years, gradually learning and improving upon his own officiating skills. Jim's presence at track meets came on a regular basis. He became a well known and respected track and cross country official at all levels of competition. Jim's professional approach toward the athletes and coaches advanced his officiating schedule statewide, nationally, and also internationally. Jim became the chairman of the National Officials Awards Committee. Jim has officiated at several Olympic Trials, was the co-chief wind gauge operator for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and officiated at the International Paralympics Games in 1992. Jim has been active in the Central District officiating organization (TRACO) through recruiting, teaching, scholarship and awards committees. Jim's easy going, yet professional demeanor has always aided the performances of the athletes he has officiated.

Norman Grimes (1984)
Norman Grimes

Coached cross country at Lyndhurst Brush from 1959 through 1963. Coached cross country at Tiffin Columbian from 1964 through 1986. Coached track at Columbian from 1968 through 1987. His cross country teams were state high school meet runnersup twice, once at each school. Won three cross country districts at Brush and four cross country districts at Columbian. Won six cross country and four track conference meets at Columbian. Won 147 dual/tri cross country meets and 118 dual/tri track meets.

George Gross (1996)
George Gross

As a student and athlete George Gross attended Cleveland West Technical High School and the University of Notre Dame. While in high school, he ran on his high school's state championship cross country team and placed 3rd in the mile in the State Track Meet. George was an outstanding coach at Lincoln High School in Cuyahoga Heights. Coach Gross coached state champions in the mile, hurdles, pole vault. and shot put. George served as a track official for many years and founded the Greater Cleveland Track Coaches Association.

Jody R. Grove (2011)
Jody Grove

Jody Grove has served as the head girls Track & Field coach and the boys distance coach for 30 years at Colonel Crawford High School. She has also served for 17 years as the head boys and girls Cross Country coach.

During this time, Jody has received special recognition as the Fred Dafler Career Coach of the year, been named 3 times at the District 6 Coach of the year, and was recognized at the Colonel Crawford Teacher of the Year.

Under Ms. Grove’s guidance every girls’ track and field school record has been broken. She has had 44 girls participate in the State Track meet. Thirty-five athletes and relays have received All-Ohio honors. Thirteen individuals or relays have been State Champions including Carson Britton (1600 M), Jesse Armbruster (1600 M), Nate Siler (1600 M), and Erin Ebner (100 M. hurdles). Coach Grove has also coached 23 boys and girls who participated in the State Cross Country meet.

Ms. Grove has led her teams to 3 girls State Championships and the 1 State boys Champion team as the distance coach. With an outdoor track record of 226 - 50 and a cross country record of 51 - 19, Jody Grove is most deserving.

John Gudgel (2006)
John Gudgel

John Gudgel is the boys track coach at Yellow Springs High School as well as the Principal. John began his career as a competitor. As a senior at Yellow Springs High School, he was the State Champion in the 440 yd. dash and led YSHS to the State Track Championship. While attending the University of Toledo, John was a four-year letter winner, a member of the Conference All Academic Team, the Conference Champion in the 440, and Team Captain. At the State level, during his twenty-four year tenure as a coach Mr. Gudgel has guided four 1600 M. Relay Champions, three 400 M. Relay Champions, three 400 M. Champions, three 200 M. Champions, one 100 M. Champion, one long jump Champion, and numerous other state placers. His teams were State Champions on six different occasions. Coach Gudgel’s many outstanding individuals include Andrew Pierce and Tony Victoria.

John is tireless in his efforts to make his runners recognize the need for supporting their teammates, interacting in a positive way with their opponents, and taking responsibility for their lives in the classroom and beyond school. The Metro Buckeye Conference asks each school to award a scholarship each year named in honor of a person who has been an integral part of their athletic history. Yellow Springs HS rightfully calls theirs, “The John Gudgel Scholarship.”

George Guins (2013)
George Guins

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, George Guins was everything to young men and women entering the new sport of cross country. A 1961 graduate of Olmsted Falls and a soccer goalie for Ohio State before graduating in 1966, George started the men’s cross country program at Bucyrus HS in 1967 followed by the women’s program in 1970. George’s own running took off about this same time running the Boston Marathon for the first time in 1969. He missed the 1970 marathon but then began a 29 year streak at Boston including a 2:34 PR which ranked him the 17th American and 75th in the world. In 1978, George took over the programs at Galion High School and has been there since.

In a coaching career that has spanned over 90 seasons of track and cross country, George’s influence on young runners and on coaches around the state has been great. He has served on numerous District and Regional games committees and has been the District 6 Coach of the Year on several occasions. George was the Mid East Cross Country Coach for a three year period. Back when there was a demand for qualified people, George became an official and helped start meets for the next 27 years. Over the years, he promoted running by founding the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival “Brattie Run,” sponsoring 24 Hour Relay running events for team fund raisers, and helping found the Galion Invitational – the same course that hosted one of the best District Cross Country Meets for years.

Finally, George’s athletes have achieved on the track. His teams have won numerous NOL titles in both men’s and women’s competitions. They have won several District titles and two Regional titles (Cross Country in 2005 and Track in 1995) as well as advanced to the State Championship eight times with the highest finish of 4th coming in 1995. Notable Galion athletes under George’s coaching have included All-Ohio Jessica Strickler in cross country; Baldwin-Wallace All-American, Jessica Carmona; and nine time Malone College All-American, James Zeuch. Numerous other relays and individuals have also earned All-Ohio honors across the years.

George, retired from teaching at Galion, still coaches Track, and spends winters in Florida

George "Phin" Guthrine (1981)
George Guthrine

Hurdled for Elyria High School and Ohio State University. Finished third in the high hurdles in the 1924 Olympics, but was placed sixth for knocking over three hurdles. Won one NCAA outdoor high hurdles, and second in another. Won national AAU indoor hurdle races and another outdoors, and scored in three other national hurdle races. Won four Big Ten titles. Set eight Ohio college outdoor and two indoor records.

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