Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Dwight "Salz" Salzman (1976)
Dwight Salzman

Coached track at Greenville High School from 1928 through 1947. Won 14 league track meets. Coached two individual state high school track meet champions. Won over 100 dual/tri meets. Official. Meet manager.

John Sanders (1992)
John Sanders

Coached boys track at Olmstead Falls from 1953 through 1986. Coached two years of cross country at the same school. His track teams won three district/regional meets and one conference meet. Coached four individuals to wins in the state track meet. His dual/tri record was 132 wins. Was an OATC officer. Founded and managed the Olmstead Falls Bulldog Relays. Official.

John "Junior" Saunders (1979)
John Saunders

Sprinted, hurdled, and jumped for Glendale High School and Miami University. Won nine gold medals in the state high school track meet, including four high hurdles in succession. Set eight state meet records with the long jump record lasting 36 years. Won four events in his senior year in the state meet. Set two Ohio high school outdoor records. Very successful at Miami University, finishing second and third in NCAA hurdle races.

Alan Scharsu (1995)
Alan Scharsu

Alan Scharsu ran for Austintown Fitch High School and Penn State University. He scored in the NCAA, TAC, and Junior National Track & Fields and Cross Country Meets. Alan competed in the World Cross Country Championships. He won the 2 mile run in the Golden West National High School Track Meet, and the Atlanta Track Classic. He won seven events in the State High School Meets and set seven state high school records.

Kevin Schlitt (2011)
Kevin Schlitt

Kevin Schlitt was a member of the Marion Catholic track team from 1986-1989, where he was coached by Bob New. Kevin was a 3X Class A State Champion in the pole vault, along with a 4th place finish his freshman year.

Kevin won numerous pole vault championships, including 3 Central District Indoor Titles, 3 Central District Outdoor Titles, 3 Mount Gilead Invitational Titles, 3 Mid-Ohio Conference Titles and 3 Regional Meet Titles. Besides his pole vault accomplishments, Kevin was strong in the hurdles and various sprint relays.

Kevin led Marion Catholic to the Class A State Team Championship in 1989 with a 1st place in the pole vault, 3rd in the 110 M HH and 4th in the 4X400 Relay.

Mr. Schlitt attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. His best pole vault performance was 16’. Competing for the Hoyas, Kevin won 2 Big East Titles in the pole vault and broke both the Indoor and Outdoor Big East Records in 1991. This outstanding athlete was also named to the Big East Academic/Athletic First Team from 1990-1992.

Wilfred "Bill" Schnier (2011)
Wilfred Schnier

Bill Schnier began his coaching career at Trotwood-Madison High School. Four of his athletes who became college All-Americans include Lamar Preyor (double State Champ), Jeff Dils, Tom Rapp, and Gary Loe.

Mr. Schnier has been the head coach of both Track and Cross Country at the University of Cincinnati for 30 years. He has coached 2 Olympic medalists --David Payne won silver in the 2008 hurdles and Mary Wineberg was a member of the 4 x 400 gold medal relay . Under Coach Schnier’s guidance were 6 NCAA Div. 1 All-Americans, 8 Bearcat alums who qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials, and 12 Champion Conference team titles. Coach Schnier was named Conference USA “Coach of the Decade” in both track and cross country. Bill was also Conference Coach of the Year 15 times as well as Ohio Cross Country Coach of the year 2 times. His winning percentage in track is .793 He has coached 131 individual conference champions and 21 NCAA Div. 1 qualifiers. In cross country , his record is 155 - 61.

Coach Schnier has done all of this with few scholarships (and now none!) He teaches his team that scholarships don’t make winners-- character and practice do.

Bill attended Capital University. As a member of the track team, Bill still holds the 800 M record set in 1966. He is also a member of the 4 x 800 relay team which holds the Capital school record. In 2010 Coach Schnier was inducted into the Capital University Hall of Fame.

Bob Schull (1971)
Bob Schull

Ran for west Milton High School and Miami University. Won the 1964 Olympic 5000 meter run. Set the world record in the 2 mile run. Set three other American records. Won two national AAU outdoor events and scored in another. Set one Ohio college indoor record and eight Ohio college outdoor records. Coached cross country at Wright State University for several years and his track club for many years.

Henry "Hank" Schweiterman (2002)
Henry Schweiterman

Hank Schweiterman has coached track and cross country at Coldwater High School for twenty-six years. His girls track teams have earned State Meet Titles in 1994, 1995, and 1996. He has also coached individual state meet champions in track and field. Hank has been awarded District Coach of the Year and the Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year honors. His teams have won four District Meet Championships and three Regional Championships. Having earned various teaching and community awards, Hank is also a distinguished educator and citizen in Coldwater.

Dick Scott (2009)
Dick Scott

Dick Scott was the head cross-country coach and an assistant track coach for Bay Village High School from 1969 to 1981. He led Bay to ten straight Division 1 State Cross-Country meet appearances. His 1976 team won the State Cross-Country title and his 1977 and 1980 teams placed second. From 1974 to 1980 his teams never finished lower than fifth at the State meet. Scott’s cross -country teams won five Regional championships and eight Sectional/District championships. Bay won 11 Southwestern Conference titles and 52 major invitationals under his leadership. His dual meet record was 97 wins and 3 losses. He had a dual meet winning streak of 90 consecutive wins. Mr. Scott started a girls’ program in 1975. They won three SWC titles and had a dual meet record of 28 wins and 0 losses. The girls won 25 invitationals and qualified for the State twice placing 4th and 9th.

Dick was the SWC Coach of the Year 10 times and Greater Cleveland Cross-Country Coach of the Year 3 times. In 1983 Dick was inducted into the Baldwin Wallace Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Scott (2014)
John Scott

With nearly 100 seasons of coaching in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track the last half of those at Buchtel High School John Scott has made the Griffins synonymous with winning.

During his time at Akron Buchtel, the Griffins have won the Akron City Series Championship 55 times 28 times with the boys and 27 times with the girls. The boys teams have won eleven District Championships, nine Regional Championships, two Indoor State Championships, and two Outdoor State Championships. The girls have also won eleven District Championships, four Re- gional Championships, two Indoor State Championship titles, and one Outdoor State Championship. That is an astounding 42 championship titles across the levels of OHSAA state competition.

Individually or on relays, too many athletes have qualified to the State Championships to count but once there, 263 of them made it to the podium and earned All-Ohio honors. An amazing 73 of those won individual State Championship honors including 100HH/300IH specialist Tiffany Tucker and 400M ace Curtis Eaton. Christy Campbell earned six All-Ohio honors in the sprints and relays as did Arthur Thomas who was an eight-time All-Ohio. Desiree Jones was also a multi- time All-Ohio athlete including State Championship titles in the hurdles and long jump.

John’s individual recognition has come in the form of Summit County Coach of the Year (1996) and Plain Dealer Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2006. He was selected as the OATCCC District 4 Coach of the Year for the girls in 1995 and then for the boys in 1996. Boys and girls combined, he has also been selected as the Akron City Series Coach of the Year on ten different occasions. John is a past President of the Akron Area Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. In 2003, John was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

John is a veteran of the US Army having served in Vietnam from 1969-1970.

William "Buzz" Seilhamer (Ed Barker Award - 1997)
William Seilhamer

Buzz has been the boys' track coach at Beavercreek High School from 1970 to the present. He has been the girls' track coach from 1988 to the present. His boys' teams have won five conference meets. Buzz has helped set up the state cross country meet, has served as District Representative on the OAT&CCC Executive Board, has made the clinic packets for the Annual Track & Field Clinic, and has been responsible for the audio/visual equipment at the Clinic.

John Sence (2015)
John Sence

Milford High School sensation, John Sence, lived up to the school’s mascot name and flew like an Eagle at the State Championship level in both cross country and track. His junior and senior year battles with future Olympian, Bob Kennedy, were classic races that anyone present still remembers. John was the 1987 and 1988 State Runner-up in the 3200M and in 1987 was also the State Runner-up at the Cross Country State Championships. He went on to win All-American honors by finishing as the National Runner-up at the Kinney (now Footlocker) CC National Championships.

From Ohio, John went on to Wake Forest where he helped the Demon Deacons to ACC team championships in 1989 and 1990. In 1989, the cross country team placed 3rd at the NCAA Championships. John earned All American honors in the 10,000M in both 1992 and 1993 earning All ACC honors along the way. In 1993, he was named Wake Forest’s Most Valuable Track & Field of the Year.

For John, the longer the race the better. His post collegiate career saw him become a dominating force in American long distance running over the next decade. A winner of numerous regional and national races during the 1990’s, John was the USA Running Circuit Grand Prix Runner-up in 1996 and Champion in 1997. John was the 1997 and 1998 National Champion in the 25K and earned berths on the US World Half Marathon Team in 1996 and 1999. Other major wins included the 1999 Las Vegas International Half Marathon Title followed up the next year with the Toronto International Half Marathon Championship.

John ran in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials and in 2011 was a member of the Inaugural Class of the Greater Cincinnati Running Hall of Fame.

Frank Shands (1970)
Frank Shands

Coached track at Cincinnati DePorres from 1948 through 1964, at Cincinnati Purcell from 1965 through 1970, and at Cincinnati Princeton from 1971 through 1981. Coached cross country at DePorres from 1960 through 1963, at Purcell from 1964 through1967, and at Princeton from 1978 through 1981. Won two State High School Track titles and four runnersup. Won ten district meets at DePorres. Won five track and four cross country league titles at Purcell and won four track leagues at Princeton. Coached 18 individual State High School Track Meet champions. Meet founder and manager. Won over 100 dual/tri track meets. Was a successful discus thrower at Miami University. Meet founder and manager.

Erin Ebner Shawk (2016)
Erin Shawk

The dictionary characterizes an “eagle” by its strength, its speed, and its tenacious spirit all of which make it the “apex predator” of the avian world. What an appropriate mascot for Erin Ebner from Colonel Crawford High School. Her prey was the entire State of Ohio; she demonstrated great strength her senior year winning the 100M HH, then walking back down to the starting line and winning the 100M; and man, could she fly!

One of the most celebrated sprint / hurdlers in Ohio track and field history, Erin helped Colo-nel Crawford win three consecutive State Championship team titles from 1990-1992 by reaching the podium for All-Ohio honors twelve times during her four years of state level competition.

As the anchor of the 6th place 4 x 100M relay her freshman year, Erin got her first taste of glory in a State Championship. Her sophomore year, she won her first of three Runner-up titles in the 100HH before reaching the Championship spot on the podium in both the 4 x 100M and the 4 x 200M relays. Her junior year was her first four event State Championship where she placed 2nd and 6th respectively in the 100HH and 300IH, and then helped defend Colonel Crawford’s relay titles once again winning the 4 x 100M and 4 x 200M relays. Her senior year was her signature year: 1st place and a State Record in the 100HH; then jog back to the starting line in order to take 1st in the 100M; then another 1st in the 4 x 100M relay and a 2nd in the 300IH. A good day!

Final count: seven State Championship titles and three State Runner-up titles. Erin also qualified to the TAC/USATF Junior National Championships as a 100HH athlete and in 1992 earned All-American honors with her 3rd place finish. She ran one year for Miami University and is still listed in their media guide as one of the top 10 all time 100M racers in their team history.

Erin lives in Galion, Ohio and continues to help with track meets while cheering on her own children.

George Simpson (1971)
George Simpson

Ran for Columbus East High School and Ohio State University. Set unacceptable world record in the 100 yard dash for using starting blacks. Was second in the 1932 Olympic 200 and 4th in the 100. Won one national AAU outdoor title and scored in three others. Won three NCAA events and scored in three others. Won eight Big Ten titles. Set one national high school record and three state high school records. Won the 100 and 220 in the Chicago Nayional High School Track Meet. won the same events in the Ohio High School State Track Meet. Set 12 Ohio college outdoor and four Ohio college indoor records.

Sid Sink (1973)
Sid Sink

Ran for Fairview High School and Bowling Green State University. Won one National AAU event and scored in another. Won two outdoor NCAA gold medals, and scored in two others. Won two NCAA indoor events. Three time NCAA Cross Country All-American. American record holder in the 3000 meter Steepchase. Won four track and two cross country Mid American Conference individual titles. Won two All-Ohio cross country meets. Placed in national AAU cross country meet once. Set Ohio college outdoor records and three Ohio college indoor records. Has been coaching Bowling Green's womens cross country team since 1978 and the men since 1985. Won four womens Mid American Conference cross country championships, three All-Ohio Womens cross country meets and one mens All-Ohio cross country meet.

Stanley E. Skoczen (1974)
Stanley Skoczen

Coached track at Independence from 1944 through 1954. Won one state high school track meet. Coached nine individual high school track meet champions.

Lou Slapnik (2012)
Lou Slapnik

Before coming to Collinwood High School, Lou spent nine years as the coach at Patrick Henry Middle School where his teams won eight consecutive MS Cleveland City Championships. Named head coach at Collinwood in 1994, Lou created a dynasty leading the Lady Railroaders into the limelight and drawing national attention to his athletes.

Collinwood won the Jesse Owens Cleveland City Championships in each of Lou’s seventeen years in a streak that may never be broken. Eight times they won District Championships with seven District Runner-up titles. At the Regional level, Lou’s teams won eight Regional Championship titles along with six Regional Runner-up titles.

Most significantly, Coach Slapnik’s teams won nine State Championships (eight in Division I and the 2010 title in Division II) along with one Runner-up title in 2007. Collinwood dominated OHSAA competition winning five of those championships consecutively between 1997 and 2001 as well as three in a row between 2004 and 2006. Collinwood became synonymous with the State Meet as they scored 10 or more team points in each of the seventeen years of Lou’s tenure.

Under his guidance, Collinwood won State Championship honors in forty-one individual events along with numerous state records, some of which still stand. On the national level, Lou has coached Nike HS Outdoor National Champions in seven events and Collinwood relay teams have been a fixture in these races throughout his career.

Lou retired at the end of the 2010 track and field season.

Team totals: District Champions: 8 District Runner-up: 7 Regional Champions: 8 Regional Runner-up: 6 State Champions: 9 State Runners-up: 1 OATCCC Indoor State Champions: 5 OATCCC Indoor State Runners-up: 1
Christi Smith (2016)
Christi Smith

In her four years at Bexley High School, Christi competed in six different events as a State Meet qualifier, reached the podium in all six events, helped the Lions’ 1996 4x100M relay to a State Championship title (:49.48), and doubled as an individual State Champion in the long jump with a PR of 19’ 3.” - the Division II State Record at that time. Christi’s all-around athleticism made her the perfect candidate to pursue the multi-event competitions and it was at the University of Akron where she chose to make her national mark.

In her four years of competition, Christi won eleven MAC indoor and outdoor titles and earned All-MAC honors seven times. Christi was also Akron’s first multiple All-American re-ceiving this recognition on four different occasions. She smashed women’s records at Akron in every event in which she competed including a school and MAC record (5797 points) in the hep-tathlon in 2000. Christi was the NCAA Runner-up heptathlete in 1999 and in 2000 became Ak-ron’s first NCAA Champion in the same event. Later that summer, she competed as Akron’s first female athlete to qualify to the US Olympic Trials and was a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Leadership Award in addition to being named the Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year (University of Akron) for the third consecutive year.

Christi has been inducted into the Bexley HS Hall of Fame (2007), the U of A HoF (2011), and the MAC HoF (2013). In 2012, Akron recognized her as Akron’s Number One Athlete of All Time.

Christi Smith-Ryan is currently an assistant coach with Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon.

David Smith (Ed Barker Award - 1998)
David Smith

David Smith was the boys' track and field coach at Chesapeake High School form 1952 through 1963. He has been an official for many years and has been a special contributor at all levels of both track and cross country. He was and OAT District Representative. he was a founder and served as secretary for 40 plus yeas of the Ohio Valley high School Athletic Conference. He started several elementary track and field programs in the area. Dave served as meet manager for different levels of track and field meets.

Gary Smith (1999)
Gary Smith

Gary Smith began coaching at the middle school level in 1969. He went on to coach both boys and/or girls cross-country until 1990 and as both assistant and later boys'head track coach until 1996. In cross-country, his teams were league champions or runnersup for boys, 12 consecutive years and girls, 13 of 14 years. They were district champions 20 times and state champions twice (girls, 1989 and 1992). Gary won many coaching awards including State Cross-Country Coach of the Year (1993), Award for Sportsmanship and Ethics (1996), and District Coach of the Year 16 times (8 boys, 8 girls). Mr. Smith developed many outstanding runners including 800m All-American Laura McKinley, Alyson Butterfield, Kristin Gaddis, Brett Sanborn, Brian O'Neill, Paul Linder, and Len Kemp. Gary's 4 x 1600m team broke the state record in 1992. Gary was considered by other coaches to be "one of the most successful coaches in the central district."

James Smithey (1985)
James Smithey

Coached track for 28 years at Haskins, Otsego, Woodville, and Woodmore High Schools. Won 12 league and one district track meet. Coached three individual state high school track champions. Coached boys cross country for 16 years. Was runnerup in one state high school cross country met and won five conference meets. Coached girls cross country six years, winning two conference and one district meet. Won 262 dual/tri track meets, 158 dual/tri boys cross country meets, and 38 dual/tri girls cross country meets.

Larry Snyder (1969)
Larry Snyder

Coached track at Ohio State (1932-1942, and 1946-1965). US Olympic Track Coach for the 1960 Games and assistant for the 1952 Games. 4 second place finishes in NCAA Outdoor Meet. Won 3 Indoor Big 10 Meets, tied for another; Won 2 Big 10 Outdoor Meets. Outstanding hurdler and long jumper at Canton HS and Ohio State. Set 4 Ohio college outdoor records. OATC president. Member of National Track and Field Hall of Fame. President of NCAA Track Coaches Association, 1940 & 1941. Official.

Larry Snyder (Ed Barker Award - 1975)
Larry Snyder

Coached track at Ohio State University from 1932 through 1942 and from 1946 through 1965. Served as U.S. Olympic track coach for the 1960 Games. Coached several Big Ten champions and Olympians. Won many championship meet titles. Was an outstanding track athlete himself. Is enshrined in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Served as president of the NCAA Track Coaches Association. Served at president of OATC. Hall of Fame.

Criss Somerlot (2011)
Criss Somerlot

Criss Somerlot has been active and quite successful in the area of track and field for nearly all his life. As an athlete, Mr. Somerlot was two -time Ohio class A Discus Champ and school record holder at Ohio University in the hammer. In the NCAA, his achievements include a three- person record in the hammer in 1968, reset in 1969 and held until 1974.

Coach Somerlot is known for his outstanding accomplishments while coaching at Centerville High School. His 1981 girls track team won the State. In dual and triangular meets, his teams have a record of 114 - 9 with only one loss since 1979. They have also earned 215 invitational victories. Coach Somerlot is proud to have coached 14 All-time Ohio record holders. Outstanding athletes under his guidance include Alan Phillips-hurdles, Kristen Jumer-State champ in the 1600 and 800, Lisa Haws in the mile, and Kelly Greenlee- 2 time State champ in the 800. Criss has coached at least one athlete who has placed in every event at the Ohio State Championships.

Criss has been active as a speaker at many T & F clinics over the years in the areas of throws and developing a team. He has spoken in 36 different states and 7 foreign countries. He has further served as clinic director for the Gathering of Champion series coach/athlete clinics at Centerville HS that have had over 25,000 athletes and coaches attend over the past 25 years. Criss also served as clinic director for the USATF Super Clinic at the ’96, ’00, & ’04 Olympic trials. He further worked with Nike and designed a running shoe and 2 different models of throwing shoes.

Criss has been quite active nationally. He coached the 1991 Eight Nation Games held in Spain. He also coached in the US Olympic Festival in 1994. Criss served as assistant coach at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan in 1999. As an Olympic coach, Criss Somerlot served in 2004 in Athens, Greece, and 2008 in Beijing, China. He has further served as the USATF Director of Throws since 2002. He directs the development programs in conjunction with their personal coaches of the US elite men throwers in the areas of biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, and elite training with a goal of helping the US men prepare for the next Olympic and World Championship competitions.

Kenneth Somerlot (1970)
Kenneth Somerlot

Coached track at Harpster from 1939 through 1945 and at Marion Harding from 1948 through 1966. Coached cross country at Harding from 1948 through 1971. Won one State High School Cross Country championship. Won eight district and eight league track meets. Won three league and eight district cross country meets. Founded and managed the Marion Relays. Won 191 dual/tri cross country meets and over 100 dual/tri track meets. OAT&CCC president.

Rita Somerlot (1992)
Rita Somerlot

Rita Somerlot has coached girls track at Centerville High School from 1982 to the present. Served as an assistant coach from 1976 through 1981. Rita coached one team to a runnerup in the state meet. Won eight conference meets and one district/regional meet. Coached five individual state meet champions. Undefeated in dual meets. Official.

Steve Spencer (1993)
Steve Spencer

Steve Spencer has been the cross country coach at Cincinnati Elder High School since 1976 to thr present and track coach since 1977 to the present. His cross country teams have won four State Meets and have beem runnerup three times. Spencer has won eight District/Regional Cross Country meets. He has won 13 cross country and seven track conference meets. He was named Boys Cross Country Career Coach of the Year in 1985.

Stan Stammen (2006)
Stan Stammen

Stan Stammen has coached track for 15 years and cross country for 32 years at Woodridge High School. His girls cross country team won the State Championship in 1995 and they were runners-up in 1996 and 1993. His girls’ teams won 5 league titles, 6 District titles, and two Regional titles. Stan compiled a team record with the girls of 69 – 10. His boys’ teams won 12 league titles, one District and one Regional title. His overall record with the boys was 238 – 91. The boys placed in the top ten at State on three occasions. During one streak, Stan’s teams captured nine Surburban League Championships in a ten-year span. Coach Stammen has also mentored a number of outstanding individuals. These include Bob Henes CC State Champion two times, Scott Mercer CC State Champion, Brandi Sabino CC State Champion, Katie Sabino 2 time CC State Champion, and Angie Kubick 3200 M. State Champion. Overall in cross country. Stan had a total of 88 athletes qualify to the State meet with 31 receiving All-Ohio honors and nine teams qualifying to the State Meet. Stan also has many invitational victories including Boardman Spartan, Lancaster, Tiffin, Sim Earich, and North Canton. Stan’s family has been a tremendous part of his success. His wife Janet, who passed away in 2002, missed only 2 meets in all Stan’s years of coaching cross country, track, and wrestling. He is also very proud of his daughter Shea. She ran track and cross country for Woodridge. She now resides in Powell and is following in her father’s coaching footsteps in track and gymnastics at Worthington Kilbourne.

Julie Stibbe Steible (2004)
Julie Steible

While attending Solon High School, Julie Stibbe Steible was an outstanding member of the track and cross country teams. Under coach Cathy McArdle, Julie was the first athlete to win the 880 yard run in the state meet all four years of competition (1976-79). She also won the state mile run in 1976.

e scoring in the NCAA Championships. She also scored in the Penn Relays, Sea Ray Relays and Drake Relays. Julie was also a member of the winning two mile relay at the AAU Outdoor National Championships in 1975.
Lee Sternberg (2001)
Lee Sternberg

Lee Sternberg has coached all-Ohioans such as Mike Dorto, Scott Wyler, and Chris Williamson, plus six others during his twenty-seven years as cross country coach at East Canton HS. Team accomplishments include: 175 wins and 40 losses, 80 invitational,15 league, 17 district (13 in a row), 6 regional, and 1 state championship (1998; state qualifiers 15 of the last 19 years). Mr. Sternberg has also worked as the head of the coaches' poll in his district and often has been a clinician.

Joe Stevens (1970)
Joe Stevens

Coached track at Columbus East High School from 1923 through 1929. Was runnerup twice in the state high school track meet. Won two league and one district meet. Coached individual state high school track meet championships. Coached two Olympians.

Sylvester Stewart (1991)
Sylvester Stewart

Ran for Toledo Waite High School and Miami University. Won three events in the state track meet and one in the state cross country meet. Made the "Look" magazine All-America team. At Miami he was runnerup in the NCAA 880 and was very successful in cross country also.

Dorothy Stoltz (1999)
Dorothy Stoltz

Dorothy Stoltz has been the girls' track and field coach at Eaton High School from 1966 - the present. Her teams have won nine conference championships and have been exceptionally competitive throughout her career.

Charles Stone (1980)
Charles Stone

Coached track at Strongsville from 1927 through 1935, at Austintown from 1937 through 1943 and at Poland from 1944 through 1966. Won two state high school track meets and was runner-up once. Won 12 conference and six district track meets. Coached three individual state high school track meet winners. Was a very successful javelin thrower while attending Ohio Wesleyan. Won two Ohio Athletic Conference and two Buckeye Conference javelin events. Competed in two U.S. Olympic Trials. Set three Ohio college javelin records. Meet manager.

Aubrey Stosnider (1984)
Aubrey Stosnider

Coached track at Dayton Chaminade and Hamilton Badin. Coached track at Cleveland Cathedral Latin from 1930 through 1948 and 1953 through 1957, at Cleveland Benedictine from 1949 through 1953, and at Cleveland St. Ignatius from 1958 through 1964. Coached cross country. Coached four individual state high school track meet champions and one Olympian. Won 203 dual/tri track meets

Dale Studebaker (Ed Barker Award - 1996)
Dale Studebaker

Dale Studebaker was a teacher with the Columbus City Schools. His reputation as a track & field and cross country official was nationally known. Dale officiated as many as 100 meets per year. He worked at every level of the sport from junior high to international meets. Some of Dale's more noteworthy assignments have been the Pan American Games, the Goodwill Games, U.S. Olympic Trials, World Indoor Games, National Junior Olympics, National Masters Competitions, and many Big Ten and NCAA meets. Dale was most known as a head finish judge and he developed finish line procedures which expedited finish line efficiency and accuracy. Dale Studebaker died in 1995 and was posthumously honored with the Ed Barker Award.

William Sudeck (2007)
William Sudeck

Bill Sudeck was head track and cross country coach at Case Western Reserve University and Case Institute for forty-six years. His twenty-three Conference Championships and ten- year sixty-six dual meet undefeated streak in cross country speak for themselves. Bill was four time NCAC Coach of the Year and three times UAA Coach of the Year. His athletes won four individual NCAA Div. III Championships and he qualified individuals in all but five seasons since 1954. He coached thirty Div. III All-Americans in cross country. All of the above accomplishments were made at the institution with the highest academic standards in Ohio. Coach Sudeck was inducted into the Case Reserve Hall of Fame, the first active coach to be so honored. He was also inducted into the Kent State Hall of Fame where he starred in basketball (at one time he was their all-time leading scorer) and baseball as well as cross country.

Bill was more than a coach. He was a great teacher, a wonderful family man, and an ambassador for his university.

Harry P. Swain (1969)
Harry Swain

Coached track at Columbus North High School from 1905 through 1918. Won two state high school track meets, including the first one in 1908, and was runnerup four times. Won the conference title all 14 years. Coached 20 individual state high school track meet gold medalists. Coached one Olympian. Official.

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