Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Rod O'Donnell (2005)
Rod O'Donnell

Rod O’Donnell has served as the Head Cross Country Coach and Track Coach at both Caldwell and Hudson High Schools. Mr. O’Donnell has also led teams from Kent State, Marshall, and Rio Grande College. In 11 years of coaching high school cross country, Rod has coached 6 District Championship teams, and 4 Regional team Champions. He has had 7 State Meet appearances where his teams placed 14th, 8th, 2nd, and two first place finishes. In addition, one of his runners, Wesley Smith, was the 2002 State Champion. While at Hudson, Coach O’Donnell had 13 State Meet qualifiers as well as the Track State Champion in both the 3200 M. and the 1600 M.

While at Kent State, he was named MAC Coach of the Year twice. Rod had 27 NCAA qualifiers in Track and Cross Country and 11 All-Americans. At Marshall, Rod was again named Coach of the Year twice, this time in the Southern

Conference. His teams had 25 Conference Championships and 3 NCAA qualifiers. He started the cross country program at Caldwell High School in 1971. In 1973 his team was the State Champion and had a dual record in 3 years of 38-0. Overall, Coach O’Donnell had a high school dual record in track of 66-19 and in Cross Country his dual record was 74-6.

Coach O’Donnell is more than willing to help others in the field. He has written many articles and has spoken at many clinics in an attempt to give back to the sport.

Terry Oehrtman (2007)
Terry Oehrtman

Terry Oehrtman is presently coaching his 37th season at Lancaster High School. During many of these years, Terry served as an assistant coach under two other Hall of Fame coaches, Bob Hamm and Bob Reall. Noteworthy athletes Terry has mentored include five times State Champion and Hall of Fame inductee John Zishka; Clark Haley, State 1600 M. Champion and State Cross Country Champion; Alysha Gossel, State Pole Vault Champion; Doug Conroy, Golden West 800 Meter Champion; and many other State Meet Runners Up and scoring competitors. Terry’s athletes have led their teams to numerous League, District, and Regional Championships, four State Team Runners Up finishes, and three State Meet Team titles.

Mr. Oehrtman’s credentials for supporting the sports of track and field and cross country are equally impressive. Terry has served as Secretary, Vice President, President, and Past President of the OAT&CCC. Through the years, he managed many local invitationals and the Indoor Classic Track and Field Meet for ten years. He has also managed OHSAA tournaments for 26 years; and is presently the manager of the OHSAA State Cross Country Meet. Terry received the Ed Barker Award in 2001.

Terry Oehrtman (Ed Barker Award - 2001)
Terry Oehrtman

Terry Oda Lilian has coached track and field and cross country at Lancaster High School for 32 years. During that tenure he served as an assistant coach and head coach in both the boys' and girls' track and cross country programs. Terry's athletes garnered individual State Titles, and teams he assisted with earned State Championships in both track and cross country. Terry has managed many track and cross country invitationals, league meets, and OHSAA District and Regional Meets. In 1980, Terry started a twenty year service with the OAT&CCC. Starting as a district representative, Terry served as Association president in 1990 and 91. He was also Association secretary from 1996-2001. Terry's OAT&CCC committee work has included: Head Ohio Coach for the MidWest Meet of Champions; Meet Manager for the Indoor Elite and Classic Meets; updating and rewriting the Association constitution and by-laws; and the girls' cross country promotion committee from 1990-2000 when 126 high schools added girls' cross country teams into the State Tournament.

Edward "Offie" Offinger (1969)
Edward Offinger

Coached track at East Cleveland Shaw High School from 1906 through 1944 and cross country at Shaw from 1928 through 1943. Won three State High School Track championships. Coached 20 individual State High School Track Meet champions.

Sunni Olding (2017)
Sunni Olding
When Sunni Olding left Minster High School in 2004, she left behind a spectacular string of championship level performances rarely seen in state track & field history. In cross country, Sunni was a three time State Champion and led the Minster Wildcats to team state championship titles in two of those years. On the national stage, Sunni qualified from the Foot Locker Midwest Regional to the National Championships in San Diego where she twice earned All-American honors. Her senior year, she was chosen as the National Cross Country Runner of the Year. In track, she was even more spectacular. Minster won the state championship title all four years of her career led by her nine individual State Champion titles and three State Runner-up titles. Her four 1600M titles made her only the ninth athlete in Ohio history to win the same event all four years and she was undefeated in the 4 x 800M, 1600M, and 3200M throughout her junior and senior years. Her 10:32.75 3200M from 2003 remains the Division III record today. Nationally, Sunni won two national 3200M titles and was named USA Today All-American her junior and senior years. She was invited to train at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and was named by JJ Huddle as one of the top five athletes of the 2000-2010 decade. Continuing her career for Notre Dame, Sunni earned All American honors her freshman and sophomore years. Injuries her junior and senior years hindered her final seasons, yet she was still awarded Notre Dame’s Top Gun academic award winner as well as named an ESPN Academic All-American for graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. Sunni continues to live in Minster, still runs, and remains an inspiration to the young athletes of the Minster tradition.
Amsden Oliver (1979)
Amsden Oliver

Hurdles for Dayton Roosevelt High School and Miami University. Set three national high school records in the 220 low hurdles, the third came in winning the Chicago National High School Meet where he won the high hurdles. Won four state high school track meet hurdle events. At Miami he won one Buckeye Conference title and finished in both hurdles in the NCAA outdoor meet.

Dan Oliver (1993)
Dan Oliver

Dan Oliver hurdled for Wooster Triway Township High School and Ohio State University. Dan won four events in the State High School Track Meet and set eight high school records. He won the 120 High Hurdles in the Golden West National High School Meet. He won three Big Ten events. He was second in the NCAA high hurdles. Oliver set 14 Ohio collegiate records. He ran on a world record setting shuttle hudle relay team.

Jesse Owens (1970)
Jesse Owens

Ran, hurdled, and jumped for Cleveland East Tech High School and Ohio State University. Won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. Set/tied 12 outdoor world records and four indoor world records, all were American records and all but one a college record. That other one came in high school when he ran a 9.4 - 100 yards at Chicago National High School Track Meet, where he also won the 220 and long jump. The 220 win was also a national record. He had set the national record in the long jump earlier in the season for a total of three national records. Six of the world records came in the 1935 Big Ten outdoor meet. He won four national AAU outdoor events and scored in four others and two AAU indoor events. He won nine events in the state high school track meet. He won the national AAU long jump while in high school. He set the national high school record in the indoor 50. He set 11 Ohio high school outdoor and two indoor records. He set 15 Ohio college outdoor and six indoor records. He is also enshrined in the National Track Hall of Fame.

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