Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Robert Ramlow (1977)
Robert Ramlow

Coached track at Parma in 1967 and 1968 and cross country in 1966 and 1967. Has coached track at Eulclid since 1969 to the present. Coached girls cross country at Eulclid in 1977 and 1978. Won one girls state high school cross country meet, one girls district and one girls conference cross country meet. Has won 12 boys conference track meets. Coached one individual state high school track meet winner. Was a successful pole vaulter at Bowling Green State University, tying for one Mid American Conference title. Meet manager. Official.

Joe Ramsey (1998)
Joe Ramsey

Joe Ramsey was the boys track and field coach at Columbus Hartley High School from 1981 through 1995. His teams won three State Track Meet titles and were runnerup twice. He coached twelve individual State Track Meet champions.

Ed Rarey (1987)
Ed Rarey
Has been coaching track at Gahanna Lincoln High School since 1955 and cross country since 1958. Has coached girls track since 1975 and girls cross country since 1978. Won one boys state high school track meet, four district/regionals, and 20 conference meets. Won five conference and one district/regional cross country meet. Coached seven individual boys and three individual girls to wins in the state high school track meet. Founded and managed the Gahanna Relays track meet. Has won 251 dual/tri track meets.

Robert Reall (1993)
Robert Reall

Bob Reall was the boys cross country coach at Lancaster high school from 1962 through 1991. He was the boys cross country coach at Columbus Whestone in 1961 and the boys track coach at Columbus Eastmoor High School in 1963. Bob's cross countrty teams won two state cross country meets, 13 district/regional meets, and 15 conference meets. He coached five individual state cross country meet winners. Reall was named State Cross Country Career Coach of the Year in 1984.

Vivian Brown Reed (1983)
Vivian Reed

Ran for Cleveland East Tech High School, Tennessee State University, and the Cleveland Track Club. Won two gold medals in the 1963 Pan American Games. Won two national AAU indoor events and two national AAU outdoor events. Competed on the 1961 and 1962 U.S. national teams. Was on a world record relay team and set the American record for the indoor and outdoor 220 and another relay.

Leonard Reichelt (1970)
Leonard Reichelt

Coached track at Cuyahoga Heights High School from 1943 through 1963. Had one runnerup team in the State High School Track Meet. Won six district track meets, two indoor conference, and one outdoor conference track meet. Coached five individual State High School Track Meet championships. Founded and managed the Cuyahoga Heights Relays.

Theresa Sherman Reichert (2002)
Theresa Reichert
Teresa Sherman participated for South Point High School in track and field where she won three State Meet Titles in the Discus in 1987, 1988, and 1989. She was the first Ohio high school girl to throw over 170 feet. Teresa was a four time Junior National Discus Champion, and won the bronze medal in the Junior Pan Am Games in 1989. She was voted the Tri-State Female Athlete of the 1980’s by the Herald Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia. Teresa became an NCA All-American in the discus while competing for the University of Kansas.

Art Reisner (1969)
Art Reisner

Coached track at Cincinati Hartwell, Cincinati Central, and Cincinati Taft from 1923 through1954 and cross country from 1932 through 1953. Won three state high school track championships, one state high school cross country title and one cross country runnerup. Won 12 district and two conference track meets and four district and three conference cross country meets. Coached 13 individual state high school track meet winners.

Robert Rice (1970)
Robert Rice

Coached track at Shaker Heights High School from 1950 through 1986 and cross country from 1949 through 1985. Won six league and one district track meets. Won two league and one district cross country meets. Coached six individual State High School Track gold medalists. OATC president twice and 1983 Boys Track Coach of the Year. Official.

George Rider (Ed Barker Award - 1969)
George Rider

Coached track at Miami University from 1925 through 1935 and 1937 through 1961. Coached cross country at Miami University from1924 through 1960. Won ten Mid American Conference track meets. Won six All-Ohio track and four All-Ohio cross country titles. Coached two individuals NCAA outdoor track champions and two Olympians. OATC president. Ed Barker Award. President of NCAA Track Coaches Association in 1952 and 1953; and NCAA Cross Country Coaches in 1944 and 1945. Meet Manager of the Miame Relays. Official.

Pat Ritchie (2013)
Pat Ritchie

Coming out of the University of Akron and having competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships and one NCAA Track Championship, Pat got his start at Mogadore HS where he coached for two years – and won a District Championship – before heading to Walsh Jesuit and building them into one of the most highly decorated and respected programs in the state. In his 34th year of coaching cross country at Walsh Jesuit, the Warriors ended the 2012 campaign in a manner we have all come to admire: a District Championship, a Regional Championship, and a 6th place finish at the State Meet.

It’s been like this at Walsh since Pat took over.

In fact, Pat’s teams have won 19 District Championships and been District Runners-up ten times. There are eight Regional Championship and nine Regional Runner-up trophies in the case and his teams have qualified to the State Meet 23 times. Once there, they won two State Championships, five State Runner-up awards, and finished in the top ten 18 other times. Walsh Jesuit has had 10 individual District Champions, three individual Regional Champions, and twenty athletes have earned individual All-Ohio honors.

In track and field, Pat’s accomplishments have mirrored this success winning three District Championships and three Runner-up titles. Nine relays and 17 individuals have qualified to the State Meet earning All-Ohio honors 16 times and winning a State Championship in the 4 x 800M.

A coach’s coach, Pat has promoted the sport of cross country by hosting the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk run, the Warrior Classic, the Walsh Jesuit Turkey Trot, the Bunsey Memory Run, the Akron CYO Championship Meet, and a summer cross country running camp. In track and field, he hosts the Warrior Relays and the Akron CYO Championship Meet.

Pat served as the District 4 representative to the OATCCC from 1989-1992. He still coaches cross country and track at Walsh Jesuit and resides with his wife in Silver Lake, Ohio.

Louis G. Ronemus (1969)
Louis Ronemus

Coached track at Oak Grove in 1927, 1928, and 1929; at New Moorefield from 1930 through 1936; and at Springfield from 1938 through 1942 and 1946 through 1952. Coached cross country at Springfield from 1947 through 1951. Had two state high school track meet team runnersup. Won 18 league and 15 district track meets. Won three cross country districts. Coached nine individual state high school track meet winners. OATC president. Meet Manager of the Springfield Relays. Official.

Chris Rupe (2013)
Chris Rupe

Cleveland State’s 1984 MVP (including a 2:21 marathon), Chris Rupe brought his passion for Cross Country and Track to McDonald and began building a 26 year coaching career that has been nothing short of a dynasty in Northeast Ohio and at the State Championship level of competition.

Chris has been the NE Ohio CC Camp director for 32 years, the director for 11 years of the run INSPIRED Christian Youth Camp, the director of McDonald’s Billy Goat Challenge and the Mahoning Valley JH Invitational, and many other meets including the Trumbull County Championships and the ITCL Championship Meet. Chris also designed and helps maintain the Woodland Park one and two mile courses, the 5K course, and a four mile running trail used by walkers and college athletes alike. All told, Chris has influenced thousands of runners in the course of his career including Becky Testa (1994 State Champion) and Stuart Henderson (1989 State Champion, Midwest Regional Champion, and 5th place finisher at the Footlocker National Championships).

At the State Championship level of competition, few coaches in Ohio have as equal of a record. In men’s and women’s cross country combined, McDonald HS has gone to the State Meet in all but two of Chris’s years as a coach winning State Championship titles in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2011 and State Runner-up titles in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, and this past season in 2012. Track success has been no less impressive with a men’s State Championship title in 1999 as well as seven individual State Champions and six State Runners-up. Success in the relays adds another five State Championship honors and three State Runner-up efforts. Success at the District and Regional levels has been no less spectacular including fourteen Regional titles and nine Regional Runner-up titles.

Chris continues to inspire NE Ohio athletes and lead the McDonald programs to victory. He lives with his wife and children in Cortland, Ohio.

Ted Rupe (2003)
Ted Rupe

Ted Rupe won the State Cross Country Meet and led his team to the State Championship Title in 1972. He qualified for the U.S. International Cross Country Team three times. Ted has won titles in many road races including the Cleveland Revco Marathon. As a coach Ted Rupe has coached at Maplewood High School for fifteen years, qualifying his cross country teams to the state meet thirteen times. His Maplewood teams captured the State Cross Country Meet Titles in 1997 and 2002. They were also Co-Champions in 2000 Ted earned the Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year. Ted Rupe is a well respected cross country meet manager, road race organizer, and cross country camp director.

Ray Russell (Ed Barker Award - 1978)
Ray Russell

Coached track and cross country at Plain City Jonathan Alder High School. Served as Track and Field Clinic Director. Has served as the Association treasurer from 1979 through 2005.

Frank Russo (2018)
Frank Russo

Whether you know them as Cincinnati LaSalle, or by the technical name of the school, "La Salle" - if you have seen them run, you will remember them. During the 35 year period under the guiding hand of Frank Russo, they have established one of the most impressive championship resumés in Ohio high school cross country and track and field history—including 28 GCL Championships—and it is not one to be surpassed or forgotten any time soon. Following a successful high school career of his own, which culminated in a #4 individual State Championship finish and leading his Cincinnati Colerain team to their first ever State Championship title in 1978, Frank went on to Ohio State where he was a five time letterman in cross country and track and field. He was also the team captain of the Buckeyes in 1982 before returning to the Cincinnati area to begin building the Lancer dynasty. Frank has coached 281 athletes to the State Championship level of competition with 118 of them earning All Ohio honors including 19 State Champion individuals and relays. Frank has had four individual State Cross Country Champions including two-time winner, Allen Bader. La Salle has also had four individual Footlocker All-Americans as well as qualifying as a team to the Nike XC Nationals in 2006 where they finished 15th. Frank has served the OATCCC as a pollster for boys cross country and is the President of the Southwest Ohio TF/XC Coaches Association. He currently resides in Loveland, Ohio.

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