Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Dwight L. Kane (2002)
Dwight Kane

Dwight Kane ran track for Lancaster High School. As a junior, he won the 220 yard low hurdles in the State Track Meet of 1924. In 1925 he was recognized as Central Ohio’s Outstanding Athlete. While a student at Ohio Wesleyan, Dwight won conference titles in the hurdles four years. In 1928 Dwight became the NCAA outdoor hurdle champion and competed in the Olympic Trials. Dwight also served his country as a civilian instructor for the U.S. Air Force flight engineering school.

Bob Karl (Ed Barker Award - 2010)
Bob Karl

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. This year’s most deserving honoree is Bob Karl.

Mr. Karl has served our Association for more than 29 years. Even though he has never held a voting position, he has had a consistent positive influence. Bob has been, and continues to be, an integral part of many of the Association’s most important committees.

Bob’s first job came by Presidential appointment as Corresponding Secretary of the Executive Board for ten years. He has been the chairman of the Marv Crosten Scholarship Committee since 1992 and re-wrote the qualifications to fit today’s expectations. He has also served as Team Manager for the Mid West Meet of Champions five times. He edited the Association “Runner” in 1983 & 1984. Bob has moderated the Learn-by-Doing sessions at each track clinic and shared responsibilities at the Hall of Fame banquet for many years. He has volunteered his time working with the State Indoor Track Championship since the beginning.

Mr. Karl has also proven to be an excellent coach since 1970. He has served as an assistant and as a head coach at all levels of our sports from 7th grade to 12th grade. Presently, he serves as Girls Assistant Coach at Bellbrook. During his coaching tenure, Bob has coached many League and District champions, team champions, and State qualifiers. He was named West Central Ohio AAA Coach of the Year and earned the coveted OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award.

Krista Keir (2008)
Krista Keir

Krista Keir attended Westerville South High School where she was coached by Chris Mitko under Head Coach Scott Dorne. Her speciality was the Discus and Shot Put. She qualified for the State Meet in both events all 4 years of her High School career with 2 second places and 6 first places. In 1998 she was named Champion at the National Scholastic Indoor Meet in the Shot Put with a toss of 51’ 5 1/2”. This talented thrower further earned USATF Jr. All-American honors in both events. Krista is still the State record holder in the discus.

Ms. Keir attended Indiana University as well as Ohio State. Her best efforts in College were186’ 1” in Discus and in the Shot she threw 55’ 3” (indoor). She was the 2002 Big 10 Champion in the Discus and is the Ohio State University record holder in the Discus and Indoor Shot Put. Krista also earned NCAA All-American honors in 2002 with a 2nd place in the Discus. Other honors include being named to the Verizon Academic All-American team, being a Big 10 Medal of Honor Finalist, and winning the Corwin A. Fergus Award. This bright young lady graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University.

On a National level, Krista was in the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China and was a Silver Medallist at the 1997 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. Krista was also a member of the 1998 Jr. World IAAF Championships taking 10th place in the Discus at Annecy, France.

Jack Keller (1971)
Jack Keller

Hurdled for Columbus East High School and Ohio State University. Set three world records in outdoor high hurdles. Placed fourth in the 1932 Olympic high hurdles. Won one national AAU high hurdles and three NCAA hurdle races. Won five Big Ten events. Won both hurdle events in the 1929 Chicago National High School Track Meet. Set one national high school record. Won four hurdle events in the state high school track meet. Set three Ohio college indoor and 12 Ohio outdoor records. Set four Ohio high school state records.

Kevin Keller (2014)
Kevin Keller

The son of Charles Keller, a pole vaulter in the 1930’s for Prospect High School, and coached by his Uncle Paul (Keller), a 1982 Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin’s 1973 AA State Championship title and state record (14’ 5¾”) was the fulfillment of a high school career dedicated to this event. Kevin went on to clear 14’ 11” in the All-Ohio Track Classic and set a new Elgin High School record that still stands today.

In his four years at Ohio state, Kevin set the freshman record of 15’ 0”, won numerous invitationals in both indoor and outdoor competitions, and earned All-Big Ten honors in 1975, 1976, and 1977. Elected team captain his senior year, Kevin earned OSU Scholar Athlete recognition and was recognized as thewinner of the Frank R Castleman Award given to the outstanding senior student for excellence in scholarship and leadership.

Kevin continued jumping after Ohio State and competing for the Ohio track Club in the National AAU Indoor and Outdoor Championships garnering two top ten finishes in the USA-TFA Championships and setting his 17’ ¼” PR along the way. Kevin was also the athlete representative on the USA-TFA National Track Governing Council.

As a teacher at River Valley High School for over 35 years and head coach for18 years, Kevin’s teams won twelve county, nine conference, and two District titles along with numerous individual qualifiers to the State Championship Meet. His pole vaulters have benefited from his expertise with thirteen qualifiers in this event including State Champions, Dan Schlit and Bryan Chard.

Kevin has been District track coach on numerous occasions as well as the 1998 OATCCC District 6 Coach of the Year. He ha s served as District Coordinator for the Summer Junior Olympic Track Meets as well as conducted several clinics on the pole vault and its safety and teaching techniques.

Paul Keller (1982)
Paul Keller

Coached track at Prospect from 1941 through 1949. Won all nine county league meets. Won one district meet. Had a 49-0 dual/tri meet record. Official

Bob Kennedy (2011)
Bob Kennedy

When most coaches think of world class distance runners from Ohio, the first name which comes to mind is Bob Kennedy. This is for good reason. Bob attended Westerville High School where he was guided by Irv Christenson. He set a course record at Worthington of 14:53. Bob further won State championships in 1986 and 1987. Bob was also the Kinney National Champion in 1987. In the USA Juniors, he took home the gold in the 1500 with a time of 3:47.69. His best times in high school include 4:05.17 in the 1600 and 8:38.0 in the 3K. The Mid-East Cross Country meet is proud to have had Bob as its first winner.

Bob Kennedy attended Indiana University. He was the NCAA Cross Country National Champion in 1988. In 1990 Bob earned another National Championship in the 1500. He was 4 times US Outdoor National Champion in the 5,000 and 2 times in cross country. This outstanding runner held two American records with 7:30.84 in the 3,000 and 12:58.21 in the 5,000. Nationally, Mr. Kennedy was an Olympian in 1992 and 1996 in the 5,000 M.

Guy Kesler (1969)
Guy Kesler

Coached track at Columbus Central High School from 1925 through 1949 and cross country from 1927 through 1948. Won four State High School Track Meet titles. Was State Track runnerup three times. Was runnerup twice in the State High School Cross Country Meet. Won 18 league and 16 district track championships. Won 11 league and three district cross country meets. Coached 17 individual State High School Track Meet winners. Was a successful pole vaulter at Ohio State, winning one Big Ten Title and set two Ohio college indoor and three Ohio college vault records. Official.

Vern Kiehl (Ed Barker Award - 2015)
Vern Kiehl

The Ed Barker Award is given as an acknowledgement to the individual who has shown the most exceptional service to the OAT&CCC and to the sports of Cross Country and Track & Field in Ohio. This year's winner is Vern Kiehl of Rossford High School.

Vern is a widely respected teacher, coach, official, contributor to his community, and contributor to our sports. With over thirty years of coaching on his resume in cross country and track at all levels from elementary programs through high school varsity programs, Vern has been a leader and advocate of young people. Vern got his start while coaching football at Perrysburg when he volunteered at the Perrysburg CC Invitational. This experience led to him being Perrysburg's cross country coach where he worked with both the boys and girls programs. As track coach, Vern worked with all event areas and built a respected program for his athletes. He volunteered to start a league JV meet so these kids could compete in a championship setting; he volunteered to run the community's elementary school track & field day and make this program a success for younger athletes; and finally, he began the Indoor Track program at Perrysburg, also coaching this program for free until his leaving Perrysburg in 2010. In the winter and spring of 2012, Vern joined the Maumee High School staff as an assistant track coach and helped them begin their indoor track program. The fall of 2012 saw Vern move to his current position as head coach of Rossford High School Cross Country.

Vern has also been an official for over 20 years working with many junior high track and cross country meets. He also officiates OHSAA District and Regional Meets as well as serves on the Games Committees for these competitions. He has served the coaches of Northwest Ohio as a district representative, served as an assistant and head coach for the Midwest Meet of Champions, been the OATCCC Vice President and OATCCC President, and served on the OHSAA State Rules Advisory Committee. He is currently the Chariman of the OATCCC Consitution and Bylaws Committee. In 2012, he won the OHSAA Award for Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Because of his many efforts on behalf of our sports, the athletes and coaches, and his community, we are proud to recognize Vern Kiehl as the 2015 Ed Barker Award winner.

Kenneth Kilpatrick (1999)
Kenneth Kilpatrick

Kenneth Kilpatrick was the boys track and field coach at Leavittsburg High School in 1969-1970; Leavittsburg LaBrae High School, 1971-1978, 1981-1991, and 1993-1997. His track teams won one state championship and six conference championships. His athletes won eighteen events in the state meet. Kenneth also coached the boys' cross country team from 1964-1975.

Barry King (1984)
Barry King

Ran for Cleveland East Tech High School and Ashland College. Won five NCAA gold medals, including four straight 880/800 events. Ran on a third place 2 mile relay team in the indoor NCAA, regardless of division, that set and still holds the Ohio college record.

Robert King (1979)
Robert King

High jumped for Lima high school and Stanford University. Won the high jump in the 1928 Olympic Games. Won two national AAU high jump titles. Won one NCAA and two IC4A high jump titles. Won in high jump in the state high school track meet. ,/p>

Dan Kinsey (1981)
Dan Kinsey

Coached track at Oberlin College from 1929 through 1959, and cross country at Oberlin from 1928 through 1958. Won 16 Ohio Athletic Conference cross country meets and 13 conference track meets. Coached several NCAA competitors when there was only one division, including one winner. Won the 1924 Olympic Games high hurdles, just before arriving at Oberlin for his first year. President of NCAA Cross Country Coaches Association in 1949 and 1950.

Dave Kirk (2012)
Dave Kirk

Coach Kirk began his track coaching career as a volunteer coach at Galion HS, coached three years overseas, and then returned to Brunswick HS for two years as an assistant before arriving at Chagrin Falls HS in 1990. Over the next twenty-one years, Dave helped Chagrin teams reach the State Meet in cross country five times, winning State Runner-up honors with the 1992 girls and the 1993 boys as well as the girls State Championship title in 1991. In 2005, the boys track and field team garnered a 6th place team finish in Division II. In cross country and track and field combined, 69 athletes have earned All-Ohio honors including three individual State Runners-up. Additionally, one athlete has run for Ohio in the Mid East Cross Country Meet, four athletes have competed in the Midwest Meet of Champions in track and field, one athlete qualified to the Nike Indoor National Championships, and four have qualified to the Nike Outdoor National Championships. Two individuals have won State Champion titles in Indoor Track.

Dave presently serves as the OATCCC District 2 representative for all high schools in Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties. He has been a member of the OHSAA State Rules Advisory Committee since 2007 and has served on the Games Committee for the State Track & Field Championships on three occasions. Coach Kirk is the editor of the state coaches’ association newsletter, The Runner, as well as a pollster for girls cross country in DII. Dave is also the Ohio coaches’ representative to the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Division and the liaison on behalf of the organization to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The 2006 Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year, Dave presently coaches indoor/outdoor track and field at Chagrin Falls HS, and cross country at James A. Garfield HS (Garrettsville).

Team totals: District Champions: 8 District Runner-up: 10 Regional Champions: 2 Regional Runner-up: 2 State Champions: 1 State Runners-up: 2 State qualifying teams: 5
Laura Kirkham (2000)
Laura Kirkham

Laura Kirkham graduated from Centerville HS in 1985 after a highly successful track career. In state meets, she won three firsts and a second in the long jump with a best of 20'1"; one first and one second in the 300 hurdles, and three seconds in the 100 hurdles. Laura set ten meet records in her career. She also won a junior national event and several junior olympic national events. Laura was also outstanding in the triple jump and the heptathlon.

While attending Indiana University, Ms. Kirkham scored in the heptathlon in the NCAA and TAC outdoor nationals, scored in the Big Ten Meet 15 times, and competed in the indoor NCAA nationals.

Laura currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mike Kleinhans (1979)
Mike Kleinhans

Mike hurdled and vaulted for Solon High School and Michigan State University. Won seven gold medals in the state high school track meet, including three pole vaults and four hurdle events. Won one Big Ten vault.

Allen Knisley (2003)
Allen Knisley

Allen Knisley coached at Fairborn High School for 17 years. He also served as a registered official for 42 years. Coach Knisley guided athletes to state champion titles in the discus, mile, and pole vault. His high school track teams earned an eighty-seven percent winning margin. Allen also was a highly decorated combat pilot during World War II.

Suzanne "Sue" Knott (1992)
Suzanne Knott

Ran only for the Ohio Track Club because her high school, Columbus North, and her college Ohio State University, did not sponser women's track. She set two state high school records and won three national AAU events while in high school. Sue set six Ohio college records and won three more national AAU events while in college. She set one national record and participated in one Pan American Games.

Rudy Korsgaard (1978)
Rudy Korsgaard

Coached track at Warrenville High School from 1949 through 1978. Won one state high school track meet, three district, and three conference meets. Coached seven state high school track meet individual winners. Official. Meet manager.

Robert Kritzer (1988)
Robert Kritzer

Coached track at Toledo Rogers High School in 1956 and 1957. Has coached track at Kettering Fairmont High School from 1962 through 1988. Coached cross country at Fairmont from 1967 through 1972. Has won six conference titles. Has coached one individual state high school track champion.

Norman "Doc" Kusel (1971)
Norman Kusel

Coached track at Plainville-Mariemont High School from 1939 through 1967. Won one State High School Track championship and was runnerup three times. Won 19 league and four district track meets. Coached ten individual State High School Track Meets winners.

Won 391 dual/tri track meets. Was a meet manager and official.

Charles "Chuck" Kyle (2014)
Charles Kyle

Known as a respected motivational speaker and the author of The Object of the Game, Chuck Kyle has set a standard of personal character to which coaches aspire. A teacher and role model of the OHSAA cornerstones sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity, Chuck’s guiding principle has been “a greater objective than winning is building winning individuals, winners at life.”

And won he has!

As track coach at St. Ignatius for 40 years, Chuck’s teams have come to define success. Competing at the Division I level, St. Ignatius has won 25 District Championships including the last 20 in a row from 1994-2013. In that same time period, Coach Kyle’s teams have won one Regional Runner- up title, eight Regional Championship titles, the 2005 State Runner-up trophy, and the 2001 State Championship.

Chuck has also coached outstanding athletes such as 2001 competitor in three events at the State Championship, Tony Gonzalez. Tony went on to be a #1 draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts. 2001 State Champion in the 800M, Marc Sylvester, still holds the state record in this event at 1:48.93. And finally, pole vaulter, Tim Mack who went on to win the Gold Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The winner of multiple coaching awards in both football and track, Coach Kyle epitomizes the benefits of hard work, disci- pline, and commitment and is the only inductee into the Hall of Fame for both Football and Track & Field.

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