Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Al Lanier
Al Lanier

Al Laneir was a versatile sprinter, jumper, and hurdler for Cincinnati Hughes High School and the University of Cincinnati. Won one event in the state meet. In college he was second four times in the NCAA long jumps and once in the national AAU long jump. He was third in the Pan American Games and set three Ohio college records.

Bob Lunn
Bob Lunn

Under the guidance of Coach Mike Garcia, Bob Lunn ran for Austintown Fitch. This outstanding athlete specialized in distance. His best time for the 2-mile outdoors was 9:11 while he ran a 9:07 indoors. He also excelled in the mile and in the 800M. Bob achieved a first place finish in both State meets in Cross Country and in the 2-mile in Track. In 1972, he was undefeated for the season winning all major meets.

Bob attended college in the fall of 1974 at Mount Union where he led the team to a Div. III National title with a 4th place (All American) finish. He then attended Bowling Green from spring of 1974 – 79. While there, he ran the 5,000 M. in 13:58 and the mile in 4:05. Mr. Lunn was the MAC Champion in both the 5,000 and the 10,000. He served as the Captain of the Bowling Green Cross Country team in 1978.

Bruce Lerch
Bruce Lerch

Bruce Lerch has been the boys track and field coach at Brecksville since 1967. Bruce has been the boys cross country coach since 1966 and the girls cross country coach since 1977 and still holds all three positions to the present. His girls cross country teams have been runnerup in the State High School meet twice. His cross countrty teams have won four District/Regional and 14 conference meets. His track and field teams have won 12 conference meets. Bruce was named Girls Cross Country State Honored Coach of the Year in 1983.

Charles "Chuck" Lucas
Charles Lucas

From 1969 coached track for 18 years at Kent Roosevelt and 19 years of cross country. Won two state cross country team titles. Won four district cross country championships and 15 conference meets. Won the regional once and state runnerup in cross country once. His girls team won the unofficial 1975 girls state championship. Coached ten All-Ohio cross country athletes. Won 218 dual/tri cross country meets.

Ed Lidderdale
Ed Lidderdale

Ed å has served the athletes of Sandy Valley High School for over 38 years coaching both cross country and track & field. Even after his retirement from teaching, Ed has continued as a mainstay of the Cardinals’ program and its success.

Ed’s teams have won 15 Conference Championships, 3 District Champion titles, 1 Regional Championship, and a State Runner-up title. Additionally, the 1994 cross country team finished fourth at State Meet. A fifteen time Conference Coach of the Year, eight time East District Coach of the Year, and three time Stark County Coach of the Year, Ed was recognized in 2004 as the Fred Dafler Cross Country Career Coach of the Year.

Throughout the course of his career, athletes reached the podium and earned All-Ohio honors 32 times while taking individual State Championship titles four times. These included Jason Calkins in the high jump (1995) and Mike Coates in the 1600M (2004). Two time State Champion, Joe Crallie, won the long jump setting state records in both DII and DIII. His DII championship jump (1994) of 24’ 3.5" still stands as the DII state record.

“Service” was the word used to introduce Ed and his service to athletes and the OATCCC continues. Ed helped bring about the All-Academic awards in Stark County and the East District in his terms as Vice President and President of both the Stark County Coaches Association and the East District Coaches Association. After 20 years as the District 5 representative to the OATCCC, Ed served as Vice President and President of the State Coaches Association. During his tenure as President, Ohio added wheelchair events to the State Championship Track & Field Meet, the first sport in Ohio to recognize disabled athletes at that level. Ed continues to coach at Sandy Valley High School.

Jack Landrum
Jack Landrum

Coached track at Circleville High School from 1936 through 1938, at Columbus East High School from 1939 through 1951 and at Capital University from 1952 through 1971. Coached cross country at East from 1939 through 1950 and at Capital from 1953 through 1970. Runnerup in the state high school track meet twice. Won three league track titles at East. Won one Ohio Athletic Conference indoor track title at Capital. Won 192 dual/tri track meets. OATC president.

Jack Lintz
Jack Lintz

Jack Lintz coaches both track and cross country at Dayton Northmont High School. His boys cross country teams earned State Championships in 1995 and 1996. His boys cross country teams have also won fourteen District Titles, as well as his girls’ teams winning seven District Titles. In cross country and track, coach Lintz’s boy and girl individual athletes have qon many State Titles. Jack has been a clinic speaker and has participated in the State Coaches Cross Country Poll.

Jamie Lewis
Jamie Lewis

Hailing from Newcomerstown, Ohio, Jamie Lewis was an outstanding pole vaulter. He was under the guidance of head track coach Terry Henry, and pole vault coach Jim Fleming. At the Tuscarawas all county meet Jamie set the all-time Ohio pole vault record for Divisions I, II, and III at 16’4”. He achieved his best vault of 16’ 7” at the Ohio Games. He took first place in the State in 1994 and 1995, setting the Div III State meet record at 16’1”. His senior year Mr. Lewis cleared over 14’ twice, over 15’ five times, and over 16’ four times; all were meet records.

Jamie Lewis attended the University of Cincinnati. He took third in Conference USA indoor meet in 1997. In 1998 Mr. Lewis placed second in the meet and in 2000 he was first in the outdoor meet with a vault of 16’5 ¾”.

Jason Lindsey
Jason Lindsey

Coaching since 1978, Jason Lindsey's cross country teams won the state meet in 1983 (boys) and 1984 (girls). His teams have placed in the top 8 at the state meet eleven times (boys, 3; girls, 8) and have won 24 league championships (12 each for the boys and girls). In district competition, the boys have won 6 and placed second five times. The girls have won 5 and placed second six times. His teams have won many invitationals including the Lakota Fall Classic, Tiffin Carnival, Worthington, Cloverleaf, Anderson, Forest Park, and others. In girls' track, Lindsey has guided 18 all-ohioans for the girls and 8 for the boys. His teams have won their league 6 times and been runnersup 10 times. Jason has coached many outstanding individuals such as Theresa Hawkins in the shot and discus, Jim Hendrick in middle distance running, and Heather Schroeder and Brian Hill in cross-country. Lindsey has served as district representative to the Ohio Association of Track and Cross-Country Coaches Executive Board for 13 years. He has also served as the Mid-East Coach for cross-country.

John Linta Sr.
John Linta

Vaulted for Mansfield Senior High School and Ohio State University. Set the national high school pole vault record in winning the state high school meet. Set another vault record earlier in the season. Won one Big Ten vault title for Ohio State.

Jud Logan
Jud Logan

Jud Logan attended North Canton Hoover High School where his throwing accomplishments were insignificant. While attending Kent State University, Jud continued to hone his throwing skills. Jud won two Mid-American Conference hammer throw titles and one discus event. Jud went on to compete in three Olympic Games, two Pan American Games, and three World Championships. Jud established thirteen National records in throwing events. His best hammer throw was 268’8”. Jud is currently the throws coach at Ashland University and is Nationally known throwing events clinician.

Ken Lehman
Ken Lehman

Ken began his twenty-four year coaching career at West Liberty Salem High School and continued on to the college level. In 1975, Ken’s West Liberty Salem Cross Country team took third in the State despite an automobile accident that prevented three of his top five runners from competing. For the next four years, 1976 – 1979, his teams were State Champions. Outstanding athletes guided by Ken include Earl Ziles who won five State Meet events, Cory Frost who placed second three times at the State Cross Country and Track Meet, and Butch Sower who took third at State. He also coached Dan Bragg, Ken Day, Bruce Hooley, Greg King, Jeff Parker, Gary Phelps, Mark Plank, Duane Yoder and Neil Yoder. Mr. Lehman was an active member of OAT&CCC.

After high school coaching, Mr. Lehman moved on to the college level. At the University of Houston, his teams won three indoor, three outdoor, and three Cross Country Southwest Conference titles. At the NCAA, he guided his athletes to five second places including three at University of Houston and two at Arizona State University. Ken coached a total of thirty-eight NCAA All-American distance runners.

Richard Larkin
Richard Larkin

Coached track at Germantown in 1926 and 1927, at Greenfield McClain in 1928 and 1929, and at Upper Arlington from 1930 through 1967. Coached Cross Country at Upper Arlington from 1950 through 1963. Won two State High School Track Meet Championships, and was runnerup three times. Won 16 track conference and ten track district meets. Coached nine individual State High School track champions. Winner of the Ed Barker Award. OATC treasuer. Meet Manager.

Richard Larkins

Coached track and cross country at Germantown, Greenfield McClain, and Upper Arlington from 1926 through 1967.Was a highly successful coach. Served at OATC treasurer. Hall of Fame.

Robert Edward Lawson II
Robert Lawson

Ran for Toledo Libbey High School and University of Iowa. Won five state individual championships while as a student at Toledo Libbey-100 dash twice, 200 dash twice, and ran on a winning 4x220 relay. Set state records in the 100 and the 220. Won the International Prep Championship 220 in 1972 and tied the high school record in the 60 yard dash at the 1972 USTFF indoor championship.

Tony Lee
Tony Lee

Tony Lee was an outstanding sprinter. He attended Dayton Jefferson High School where he was coached by Vinson “Buff” Taylor. He was the State Champion in the 100 M. three times. In the 200, Mr. Lee won three times and he was a member of the 400 M. relay which took first place at the State on four occasions. Besides his outstanding performances at the State, Tony won his events in the Mid West Meet of Champions. He further ran a blazing 10.39 in the 100 M. at the Junior Nationals to qualify for the World Jr. Championships. He also had victories at the Dayton Relays, the Mansfield Relays, and the Roosevelt Relays.

Mr. Lee attended the University of Tennessee. His performances included 10.23 in the 100 M, 6.28 in the 55M, 20.09 outdoors in the 200 M., and 46.01 in the 400 M. Mr. Lee also qualified for the NCAA Championships all 4 years. . His victories at Tennessee included the Dogwood Relays, the Cleveland K of C, and the Penn Relays. Tony was voted the Vols MVP for 1989. He further set the freshman indoor and varsity school records in the 200 meter dash.

William Lane
William Lane

Coached track at Laurelville High School, Lancaster Junior High, and Farfield School for Boys from 1961 through 1966. Started coaching track at Frankfort-Adena High School in 1969 to the present. Coached three years of cross country at Adena. Won one state high school track team championship. Won five district and one regional meet. Has won ten conference track meets. Has won 82 dual/tri meets. Coached seven individual state track meet champions.

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