Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Jeff Phillips (2003)
Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips graduated from Whitehall Yearling High School. Jeff won the State Track Title in the 100 and 220 yard dashes in 1975 and 1976. Jeff also was an accomplished high school long jumper, going over 23 feet. Jeff won the 100 and 220 yard dashes in the Golden West Invitational, and established four state records. While competing for the University of Tennessee, Jeff won the Penn Relays, Drake Relays, and Kansas Relays. He also won the 200 meters in the Senior National Meet, as well as placing in many NCAA championships.

Ricky Pittman (2004)
Ricky Pittman

Ricky Pittman is a graduate of Cleveland East Technical High School. Where he was coached by Jim Emery. Ricky was an outstanding distance runner from 1978 through 1980. In the 3200 meter run, he set a state and national record of 8:46.3. He further set state records in the 10,000 meters (30:12.76) and as a member of the distance medley (7:28.2). In all, Ricky set five state records nad one national mark.

While attending the University of Tennessee Ricky speciallized in the steeplechase. He scored in many NCAA and National TAC meets, and won three SEC Events. Rickey is a five time All-American, and was also a member of the 1980 World Outdoor Team.

Milt Place (2012)
Milt Place

Over the past 36 years in track and field and 28 years in cross country, all Milt Place has done is win. A former runner under the renowned national coach, Joe Vigil of Adams State, Milt was a part of the 1971 National Championship team in cross country. In 1980, he began the women’s cross country program at Tiffin Columbian HS and guiding the Tornadoes to a Regional Runner-up title in 1982 as well as 13th and 15th place finishes at the 1982 and 1983 State Meets. Milt directed the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival that has become one of the biggest high school events in the nation. In 1983, Coach Place served as an assistant coach on the 1987 Mid East Championship squad.

In 1992, when he came to Medina, he did it all over again. Milt began the Medina Festival as a way to continue promoting cross country in Northeast Ohio. As the boys head cross country coach, Milt’s teams have won numerous District and Regional titles. Medina has gone to the Cross Country Championships the past eight years consecutively earning State Runner-up honors in 2010 and winning the State Championship in 2007. Also in 2007, Medina was invited to compete in the Nike Team National Meet where they finished 12th in the country.

Milt has numerous coaching awards including the Cleveland Plain Dealer Coach of the Year in 2007. Significantly, Milt has won the Distinguished Service Award in two separate Districts: District 6 in 1992, and District 3 in 1996 for his contributions to the sport.

Milt continues to be a part of the OATCCC and will be the head boys coach for the Mid East Meet in 2012 and 2013.

Team totals: District Champions: 6 District Runner-up: 2 Regional Champions: 3 Regional Runner-up: 3 State Champions: 1 State Runners-up: 1 State qualifying teams: 10
Kenneth Powers (1982)
Kenneth Powers

Ran for Ashley High School and Ohio State University. Won three events in the state high school track meet. Coached track at Reading High School from 1928 through 1956. Coached two individual state high school track meet winners.

Demosthenes "Don" Price (2005)
Demosthenes Price

Glenville High School runner Demosthenes “Don” Price was a speed specialist. From 1965 – 1967, Don led Glenville to 3 State Team Championships under coaches Jim Demo and Frank Zubovich. His impressive stats include times of 9.4 in the 100 yd. Dash, and 20.4 in the 220 yd. Dash. Mr. Price was State Champion 2 times in the 220 yd. Dash. In 1967, he was also a member of the 880 yd. Relay team that won the State Championship 2 years in a row and set both a State Meet and an Ohio record of 1:27.0.

Mr. Price continued his career at Purdue University where he was selected to be co-captain his senior year. In 1968, his time of 6.2 in the 60 yd. Dash set a freshman record. His 1970 Sprint Medley team set a Purdue school record of 3:23.0 and in 1971 Don set another Purdue school record running the 70 yd. Low Hurdles in 7.8.

Don continued to compete after college for the “Over the Hill” Track Club in Cleveland. He won National Sub Masters honors in the 100 M. dash and the 400 M. Relay. His team won the National Team Championship for Sub Masters.

Steve Price (2015)
Steve Price

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Been there, done that,” but when it comes to coaching at the highest levels of competition in the course of a career spanning nearly 50 years, Steve Price is the epitome of innovation, success, and respect amongst his athletes and his coaching peers.

Steve has coached at all levels from junior high to the Olympics. Beginning in 1966 with the founding of the Kettering Striders, Steve coached all age groups through Masters competition until 1983 when he took the head coaching job at Dayton. Over the next 23 years, Steve coached at Dayton, was the national team coach for the Kingdom of Bahrain, worked with Endurance Training Systems, Lehman Junior High, Bowling Green State University, and Sidney Lehman High School. In this time period, he also coached in two national age group championships and as part of the AAU championships. His 24 hour relay set a world record, he coached the US Sports Festival North Team twice (1979, 1982), and international US teams competing in Moscow (1974), Dusseldorf (1977), and the USA (1980). The list of national champions is too long to name them all. Joe Green went on to be a two time Olympian (1992, 1996). Steve has also won just about every major coaching award our sports offer.

Since 2005, Steve has called Findlay University his home and has been an integral part of the Oilers’ team success. Three athletes have won national championships including Kirby Blackley, the NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year in 2005.

Anyone who ever had the opportunity to be around Steve walked away better—as an athlete and a coach. There is no greater compliment for a coach. In Steve Price, there is no one more deserving of such praise.

Forrest Pruner (1983)
Forrest Pruner

Coached track at Union High School from 1958 through 1964 and has been the track coach at Ashland Crestview since 1965 to the present. Coached cross country at Crestview from 1963 through 1986. Won five district and three conference track championships. In cross country his teams have won three district and six conference meets. Coached six individual state high school track meet winners. Coached girls track at Crestview from 1985 through1987, and girls cross country from 1981 through 1986. Won one regional track meet and coached three girls to win in the state high school track meet. Won 200 dual/tri cross country meets.

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