Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Wallace "Bud" Tapola (1973)
Wallace Tapola

Coached track at Toledo Devillbis High School from 1965 through 1985. Coached boys cross country at Devillbis from 1963 through 1984 and girls cross country from 1978 through 1984. Won one state high school cross country meet. Won eight conference and three district cross country meets. Won one conference and one district track title. Coached two state high school cross country individual gold medalists and one state high school track meet winner. Coached track at Toledo Devillbis High School from 1965 through 1985. Coached boys cross country at Devillbis from 1963 through 1984 and girls cross country from 1978 through 1984. Won one state high school cross country meet. Won eight conference and three district cross country meets. Won one conference and one district track title. Coached two state high school cross country individual gold medalists and one state high school track meet winner.

Emmitt Taylor (1984)
Emmitt Taylor

Ran for Akron East High School and Ohio University. Won two NCAA outdoor championships. Anchored two 4x400 relay teams that scored in the NCAA outdoor meet. Won five Mid American Conference events, including four relays. Was second in the 1968 semi trials 400. Was a very successful high school runner. Set six Ohio college outdoor records.

Robert "Bump" Taylor (1987)
Robert Taylor

Coached track at Claeveland Glenville from 1972 through 1981 and Cleveland Lincoln West from 1982 to the present. Coached cross country at Glenville from 1972 through 1980 and at Lincoln West from 1981 to the present. Won three state high school track meet championships. Won four district, three outdoor conference and two indoor conference meets. Coached eight individual state high school track winners. Has won 225 dual/tri track meets. Was a successful sprinter and hurdler at Cleveland John Adams School and Central State University.

Vinson "Buff" Taylor (1988)
Vinson Taylor

Has been the boys track coach at Dayton Jefferson Township High School since 1976. His team has won six state high school meets for boys and runnersup four times. Has won nine district/regional titles. Has coached 29 individual state track meet champions. Was the girls track coach in 1975, 1976, and 1980. Won one state track meet title and was runnerup once. Won two district/regional meets. Coached nine individual girl state champions.

Glen C. Terry Jr. (2004)
Glen Terry

Glen Terry ran track at Cincinnati Sycamore Township High School under the guidance of coach Duane Correll. He was a two-time state champion in both the high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles. His best time in the high hurdles was 13.71, and he timed a best of 36.38 in the intermediates. Glen set seven state records (six outdoor and one indoor). He went on to set a national record and was ranked first in the nation in both hurdle events in 1989.

While attending Indiana University, Glen won five Big-Ten hurdle events and captured the NCAA title twice. He is currently coaching track and field at Radford UNiversity in Virginia.

Jon Thomas (1993)
Jon Thomas

Jon Thomas ran and hurdles for Zanesville High School and Indiana University. Jon won three hurdle events in the State High School Track & Field Meet. Jon won seven Big Ten events and scored three times in the NCAA outdoor 400 hurdles and once in the National TAC Championships.

Matthew "Mike" Thomas (2011)
Matthew Thomas

Matthew “Mike” Thomas attended Fairport Harding High School where he was coached by Chet Rejeck. His accomplishments were many. Mike led the “Skippers” to two State Track Meet championships in 1964 and 1965 earning the State Meet MVP in both years. He won both the High and Low Hurdle events setting the State Meet high hurdle record in 1965, placing 4th in the long jump and anchoring the Mile Relay to a 4th place finish. He further won the Mansfield Relays in the highs, (14.2) competing against 114 other hurdlers from 3 states. Mr. Thomas finished his senior year undefeated in the high hurdles. Three weeks after the State Meet, Mike set a Kent State University Track record (cinders) of 14.3.

While Mike Thomas’s accomplishments are great, they are even better when you consider that Fairport Harding had no track. They ran in the streets. For example, 220 yards was between 3rd and 4th Streets, ½ mile was around the block, and they set the hurdles on the football yard lines.

Mike went on to attend The Ohio State University. He ran the 400 IM hurdles, winning the All Ohio College meet and setting the track record at Ohio Wesleyan. In 1967, he was named All Ohio IM hurdler.

Dale "Tommy" Thompson (1970)
Dale Thompson

Coached track at Salineville from 1927 through 1931, at Frazeyburg from 1933 through 1935, at Barnesville from 1936 through 1938, at Rittman from 1940 through 1942, at Euclid Central from 1944 through 1949, and at Euclid Senior from 1956 through 1969. Coached Cross Country at Western Reserve University from 1950 through 1953 and at Euclid Senior from 1955 through 1968. Won nine league and three district track meets. Won five league and four district cross country meets. Coached two state high school track meet individual champions. Won 535 dual/tri track meets, and over 100 cross country meets. Meet Manager.

Milan Tiff (1986)
Milan Tiff

Jumped for Shaker Heights High School, Miami University, and UCLA. Won one indoor national AAU triple jump and scored in six others. Won two NCAA triple jumps- one indoor and one outdoor, and scored in four other. Competed on the U.S. national team at the first World Cup in 1977. Won one PAC 8 Conference event. Set, and still holds, the Ohio high school state triple jump record in winning the Golden West national high school meet. Set three Ohio college indoor triple jump records.

Dale Van Tine (Ed Barker Award - 2000)
Dale Tine

Dale Van Tine has officiated track and field and cross country for more than 20 years_ He has also been a registered basketball and football official for more than 40 years. He has served his local Dayton area as well as throughout the state of Ohio in all capacities of officiating, from meet managing to umpiring. Dale has been a leader in promoting rule changes in Ohio, as well as nationally. He has served many local and statewide officials' associations as an officer and committee leader. Dale has volunteered on a regular basis to serve in many different officiating roles in the MidWest and MidEast Meet of Champions and the OAT&CCC Indoor Elite and Classic Meets. Dale is a retired teacher and administrator of the Dayton Public Schools and has become known throughout the Dayton area in many elementary schools as "Johnny Appleseed" when he visits those schools to present his program on Ohio history.

Gerald Tinker (1980)
Gerald Tinker

Ran for Kent State University. Won an Olympic gold medal by running on the winning 4x100 relay in the 1972 Olympics. Won one indoor NCAA title. Won two Mid American Conference events. Scored in one national AAU outdoor 100 and one NCAA outdoor 100. Set two Ohio college indoor and two college outdoor records.

Milton L. Trubley (2010)
Milton Trubley

Mr.Trubey graduated from Carey High School in 1923. He was a four -sport athlete. Milton served as Captain for his teams in baseball, basketball, and track. His track accomplishments were attained without a school track, without real track shoes, and with limited coaching. Milton and 7 other boys on the team would practice in a field near the town. Milton was the highest individual scorer at Wyandot Co. where he ran 8 races on a slow wet track, .and the Sectional meet where he competed in 6 events. He was undefeated in the 220 yd. dash in high school and held his school record in that event for 50 years. His 220 yd. hurdles record was never broken and it stood until the event was changed in 1938 to the 200 yd. low hurdles. The State meet was held in one day and Milton Trubey ran 3 prelims before the finals in each race. He placed first in the 100 yd. dash (10.4,) first in the 220 yd. dash (23.4) , and fourth in the shot put (39’ 9”). He set the State meet record for Class B in the 220 yd. dash as a 17 year old senior.

Milton graduated from Wittenberg University in 1927. Not only did he extend his track winning ways in the sprints, but he further excelled in the javelin (169’ ) and the mile relay (3:40). In 1925 he set the Wittenberg running broad jump record and was on the record setting mile relay.

Brian Tucker (2010)
Brian Tucker

For 41 years Brian Tucker has represented Bowling Green High School with honor and dignity. His dedication to the athletes and students in which he comes in contact sets the standard for others to follow.

As the Head Coach of the boys cross country team since the Fall of 1969, Coach Tucker’s teams have compiled a dual meet record of 333 wins and 206 losses. His teams have captured two League Championships, being named League coach of the year twice. In addition, his squads have captured one Regional Title along with several other Regional appearances and a State appearance in 1980 when his Bobcats placed 12th. His teams have also captured 7 County Championships and have won numerous other invitational titles through the years. Several boys have made individual appearances in the State Meet as well.

Coach Tucker’s Girls teams have been truly outstanding. They have captured three State titles, one Runner-up finish, and one 9th place finish. The Bobcats had a 27 year winning season streak broken two years ago and during their three consecutive State Championships, the Bobcat girls had a 60 meet winning streak. He has been named coach of the year 7 times in his league and his teams have numerous invitational championships including some of the most famous meets in Ohio. His team also captured 2nd place in the 2004 Mid-West Meet of Champions, losing by 7 to the third rated team in the nation, Clarkston, Michigan. In 2006, his team captured the Mid -West Meet of Champions title. Finally, in 2004, the Bobcats participated in the first National Nike Championships in Portland, Oregon where they placed 15th in the country. The BG Girls have compiled a dual meet record of 304-121, giving the Bobcats a cumulative dual mark of 637-327. BG’s highest national ranking was in 2004 when they were ranked 9th.

Coach Tucker has also been the recipient of two previous honors at this awards ceremony, being presented the Ethics and Integrity Award and the Fred Dafler Award.

Coach Tucker has also served the Bowling Green Track Program as assistant coach under Hub Reed for almost 30 years and has just completed 10 years as Head Coach.

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