Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Frank Jancura (1998)
Frank Jancura

Frank Jancura coached boys cross country from 1966 through 1969 and track and field from 1967 through 1970 at Cleveland East High School. He coached cross country from 1970 through 1976 and track from 1971 through 1977 at Cleveland West Tech High School. He has coached cross country at Cleveland St. Ignatius from 1977 to the present. He coached girls track and field at Wickliffe High School in 1991. He has been an assistant track coach for 19 years. His teams have won two State Cross Country Meet titles and have been runnerup once. He has coached one individual State Cross Country Meet winner, and two State Track and Field meet winners. Frank was OAT&CCC president in 1984 and 1985. He served as the Association secretary and has served as the Head Ohio Coach for the Midwest Meet of Champions. Frank was named Boys Cross Countrty Career State Coach of the Year in 1992.

Frank Jancura (Ed Barker Award - 1988)
Frank Jancura

Coached track and cross country at Cleveland East, Cleveland West Tech, St. Igantius, and Cleveland Heights Beaumont High Schools. His teams have earned many championships and he has coached many outstanding athletes. He is a noted official and meet manager. Served as Ohio coach for the Midwest Meet of Champions. Served as president and secretary of OAT&CCC.

Thomas Jefferson Jr. (2003)
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson competed for Cleveland John Marshall under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Tom Elkins. Thomas was an accomplished sprinter with specialties in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Thomas also competed for Kent State University where he earned five MAC Titles. He scored in both the NCAA and TAC National Meets, establishing five Ohio Collegiate records in the process. Thomas went on to win the bronze medal for the 200 meter dash in the Olympic Games.

Larry Jessee (2007)
Larry Jessee

In 1970 Larry Jessee began his pole vaulting at Miamisburg High School under the direction of Ralph Bergdoll. With a vault of 15’10”, he held a # 1 ranking for high school not only in the U.S. but also the world. Larry’s collegiate career was highlighted with an NCAA Indoor Championship, three-time All-American team, NCAA record holder (18’), W.A.C. all-time record holder for 17 years, and being only the 8th man in history to vault 18’.

As an international athlete, Mr. Jessee was the U.S. Indoor Champion twice, the American record holder in 1982, qualified for 5 Olympic trials, and had 100 career International victories.

At the current age of 44, Larry Jessee is still getting “up in the world”. He is the World Master’s record holder at 18’ 1/2”, holds 7 Master’s records, and is the first man over 40 to vault 18’.

Lewis Johnson (2016)
Lewis Johnson

Sometimes in athletics, it just takes a little time to hit one’s stride, and then a “late bloomer” comes out of the pack and shows everyone the diamond that was hidden just beneath the surface. Such a runner was Lewis Johnson of Cincinnati Northwest High School.

Lewis was a pretty good high school athlete and every coach out there can use an extra 400M runner. By the end of his 1982 senior year, he had PR’d with a very respectable 51.5 and had also turned a 1:59 800M. He never qualified to the State Meet and he turned his attention to pursuing a communications degree from the University of Cincinnati.

And this is where the diamond shined. A high school friend, Doug Wiesman, talked him into coming out for the UC track team—and the rest is history. Lewis’s PR’s in the 500M (:62.68), 600 yds (:70.64), 1000 yds (2:09.16), and 1000M (2:22.64) are still on the UC all time perform-ers’ list nearly 30 years later. His 1:47.00 800M remains a school record as does the sprint med-ley of 3:16.44 thanks to his stunning 1:45.8 anchor which he did at the Drake Relays. UC’s 4 x 400M record of 3:09.93 was not broken until 2010. Additionally, Lewis qualified to the Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992 and was inducted into the University of Cincinnati Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Today, he remains a world class ambassador for track and field as a broadcaster. He has covered seven Olympic Games (Summer and Winter) beginning in Sydney (2000). He continues to cover events ranging from the Diamond Games, the Prefon-taine Classic, and numerous NCAA and world championship meets. Lewis makes his home in Grapevine, Texas and is still a fixture on track and field broadcasts as well as for the NBA.

Brian Jonard (1998)
Brian Jonard

Brian Jonard ran distance races for Caldwell High School and Marshall and Ohio State Universities. Brian won two individual State Meet Cross Country Titles, and four individual events in the State Track Meet.

John W. Jones III (2001)
John Jones

Besides being class valedictorian at Elgin High School, John Jones also won the state 2 mile in 1966 and 1967 and the state cross country meet. His track regional record of 9:12 stood for 20 years. Jones also ran 4:27 in the mile.

After high school, John attended the U. S. Air Force Academy wher he was elected cross country captain for two different years. John ran the 5,000 and 10,000 at the academy and qualified for two Olympic trials.

Tom Jones (1981)
Tom Jones

Threw for Cincinnati Central High School and Miami University. Placed first, second, and third in the shot put in three NCAA outdoor meets. Placed three times in the national AAU outdoor meet in the shot put. Won five Mid American Conference titles-three in the shot put and two in the discus. Won one state high school track meet shot put gold medal. Set four Ohio college indoor shot put records and eight Ohio college outdoor shot put records.

Donna & Butch Joseph (Ed Barker Award - 2007)
Donna & Butch Joseph

While it is unprecedented to present the Ed Barker award to a couple, it is obvious that the efforts of this husband and wife team have made a significant, positive impact at all levels. Their work on behalf of the OAT-CCC has aided in the development of our events and programs, and together they have built a tradition of doing for others. Butch and Donna were successful coaches at Shadyside High School from1982 to 1998. In Cross Country, their teams won OVAC League titles 9 times. In girls track, they added 3 more. As registered officials for 28 years, this outstanding couple worked or managed many meets. They have co-directed the Shadyside Relays for over 20 years and officiated at the prestigious Bellaire Relays for 25 years. They are so successful that West Virginia even asked them to operate the computers and do the scoring and timing for the WV regional meets as well as for several WV invitational CC meets..

Donna has served the OAT&CCC in many capacities including Ohio Coach of the Mid West Meet, Meet Director of the Mid West Meet, Clinic registration chairperson, Membership Chairperson, and Executive Board Secretary. Whatever job she undertakes, Butch is always there to share in the work. They not only willingly take on many jobs, but they work hard to find the best possible approach. Together, Butch and Donna Joseph represent the ideals of service and integrity symbolized by the Ed Barker Award. Their positive, friendly, and efficient approach to officiating, coaching and helping our Association has created respect for them and for our sport.

Henry C. Joy (1974)
Henry Joy

Coached track at Brooklyn High School from 1953 through 1963. Won one conference and one district track meet. Meet manager. Won 92 dual/tri meets.

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