Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Cy Waffen (1971)
Cy Waffen

Coached at Cleveland West from 1945 through1966. Coached cross country at West from 1945 through 1965. Won one State High School Cross Country title. Won three league and two district cross country meets. Coached six individual State High School Track Met champions and one individual State High School Cross Country Meet winner. Won 230 dual/tri track meets and 193 dual/tru cross country wins. Official.

Randy Waggoner (1989)
Randy Waggoner

Coached at Dayton Roosevelt (Roth) and Dayton Dunbar High School for 26 years. Won three state track championships, five regional meets, and four district titles. Has won three conference meets Coached sixteen individual state meet champions.

Pat Wagner (1993)
Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner has been the girls cross country coach at Findlay Liberty Benton High School since 1983 to the present. He was boys cross country coach from 1983 through 1988. He has been the girls track coach since 1982 to the present. Wagner was boys track coach at Berne Union in 1977, 1978, and 1979, boys track coach at Thornville Sheriden in 1976, and at Spencerville from 1972 through 1975. He has won three State Cross Country Meets and was runnerup twice. He has won five District/regional Cross Country Meet winners and four State Track Meet winners. He was named State Cross Country Career of the Year in 1988 and State Track Career Coach of the Year in 1991. Wagner served as Ohio Head Coach for the Girls at the 1992 Mideast Cross Country Classic in Kettering.

Pat Wagner (Ed Barker Award - 2008)
Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner from Liberty-Benton High School is this year’s Ed Barker Award winner. Pat has been, and continues to be, an outstanding example of dedication to both Track and Field and Cross Country. He has been a track coach for 37 years and has coached Cross Country for 25 years. His combined teams have won 40 District titles and 20 Regional titles. He has 6 State-Runner-up titles to his credit and his teams have won 4 State Championships in Cross Country and one in Indoor Track.

Pat has earned several State awards including State Honored Coach of the Year twice. He was elected to the OATCCC Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Hancock County Hall of Fame. Coach Wagner further earned the Ohio Association of USA Track and Field Achievement Award.

As a tireless worker for our organization, Pat Wagner has served as District 7 Representative for 11 years keeping the districts coaches involved through numerous memos, letters and off-season clinics that he organized. He further served as Vice President in 1996-1997, as President in 1998-1999, and as Past President in 2000-2001. Mr. Wagner has served on the Cross Country Poll Committee since its beginning and was Chairmen of the committee to write the Cross Country booklet in 1991. Pat further served as the Mid East Coach and is a registered track official. His tireless energy and dedication to the sports have earned him this award.

Barron "Barry" Walker (1990)
Barron Walker

Competed for Lancaster High School from 1980 through 1982. Won two state track meet events. Won two events in national high school meets. Set 11 state records in the throwing events including the state meet record in the shot put and one national high school record.

Melvin Walker (1987)
Melvin Walker

Jumped for Toledo Libbey High School and Ohio State University. Set the outdoor world high jump record once and the indoor high jump world record once. Won/tied for first in the national AAU high jump five times-two outdoor and three indoors. Tied for first in one NCAA outdoor high jump and scored in another. Won three Big Ten high jump events. Won one state high school track meet high jump. Set four outdoor Ohio college records and two indoor Ohio college records.

Craig Wallace (1983)
Craig Wallace

Sprinted and jumped for Dayton Dunbar High School, and Kentucky State University. Won four gold medals in the state high school track meet, including three as a senior to win the team state championship. Tied the world record for the indoor 60 and 70 yard dashes while at Kentucky State.Tied the state high school record in the 220. Scored in the indoor NCAA 60. Coached track at Dayton Roth in 1972, at Dayton Strivers in the 1973 and 1974, and at Dayton Patterson Coop from 1975 to the present. Coached boys cross country at Patterson from 1974 to the present and girls cross country from 1978 to the present. Has won one state high school track championship. Won six conference and three district/regional track meets. Won six boys conference cross country meets and one girl cross country district. OAT&CCC Ohio coach for Midwest Meet of Champions.

James Ward (2005)
James Ward

James Ward attended Columbiana High School where he was coached by his father, “Waldo” Ward. James will be the third member of his family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His father and his uncle are also members. In his track efforts, several of James’ performances still stand as school records today. His specialties were the 100 yd. Dash in 9.55, the 220 yd. Dash in 21.1, the 440 yd. Dash in 48.3, and the Long Jump at 23’ 6”. Mr. Ward’s efforts in the 440 won him the State title Class AA in 1964. James qualified for the State 4 times in the 100 and 3 times in the 220.

James attended Stanford University. His Freshman Record in the 440 / 400M. Dash still stands. He also placed in the PAC – 8 Meet Championship 3 years in the 440. As a Junior, he was undefeated in Pac 8 duel meets for two years in the 440. In 1969 and 1970, Mr. Ward was ranked on the World List for the 400 M. by T&F News. He was an AAU All-American in 1970 in the Mile Relay and was a member of the 1970 World-Best in the Mile Relay with a time of 3:05.6.

Mr. Ward recently co-authored a book on his Stanford Coach, Payton Jordan, entitled “Champions for Life”. He is very proud of his Coach’s efforts.

Ralph "Waldo" Ward (1972)
Ralph Ward

Coached track at Columbiana High School from 1931 through 1972. Won one stae high school track meet. Won 12 district and six league championships. Coached seven individual high school track meet winners. Won 221 dual/tri track meets.

William "Bill" E. Ward (1977)
William Ward

Coached track at East Palestine High School from 1926 through 1969 and cross country from 1937 through 1968. Won 20 league and three district track meets. Coached five individual state high school track champions. Won over 200 dual/tri track meets. Founded and managed the Ward Relays.

Robert Ware (2002)
Robert Ware

Robert Ware participated in track and field at Cleveland Glenville High School where he won State Meet Titles in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. His teams also won three championships in the 880 yard relay and three State Meet Titles in the same years of 1966, 1967, and 1968. Robert also participated at Cuyahoga Community College and Western Kentucky University. Robert ran in the 1972 Olympic Trials. He also competed with the Philadelphia Pioneer Track Club when he ran the fastest time in the world in the 400 meter relay in 1972.

Paul Warfield (1970)
Paul Warfield

Sprinted, jumped, and hurdled for Warren Harding High School and Ohio State University. Scored in two outdoor NCAA long jumps and two national AAU outdoor long jumps. Won two Big Ten individual titles and won two events in the state high school track meet. Participated on one national team. Set one Ohio high school outdoor state record.

Ira Wentworth (2017)
Ira Wentworth
Ira Wentworth When a young athlete has that early appreciation of the gifts which they have been given and a burning desire that every race be worthy of and reflect the appreciation of those gifts, there will be a dedication and work ethic bound to yield a special level of success. Such an athlete was Zanesville’s Ira Wentworth. From 1985-1989, Ira posted a stellar high school career in both cross country and track & field. A three time AAA state qualifier in cross country, Ira earned All Ohio honors finishing sixth as a junior and as State Runner-up his senior year. In track and field, he dominated AAA distance running at the 3200M distance and won State Champion titles in that event in both his junior and senior year posting a high school PR of 9:14. Ira also posted a 4:20 1600M along the way. Choosing to continue his education and running at Malone, Ira became one of those athletes who excelled at the longer races offered by the collegiate format. In cross country, he became only the second athlete in school history to earn NAIA All American honors in each of his four seasons of competition. Individual titles include Mid Ohio Conference champion (1995), All Ohio XC Meet champion (1990), and NCCAA Nationals Champion (1990). His 31:14 10K PR was the Malone cross country record until 2014. In track, Ira was a multiple NAIA Indoor and Outdoor All-American posting a 13:53 5000M PR at the Penn Relays (5th place) which still stands as Malone’s school record. In 1990, he won the NCCAA championship title in the 1500M and went on to win the 1991 NAIA National Runner-up title. His 3:50.4 1500M performance remains 4th on Malone’s performance list and his 4:10 indoor mile record now ranks 3rd. Ira has been recognized as Malone’s Graduate School Alumnus of the Year (2008) and was inducted into the NAIA Athletic Hall of Fame and the Malone University Hall of Fame in 2004. Ira continues to serve others as the Superintendent of the Indian Valley LSD. He and his family live in Sugarcreek, OH.
Mark Whitaker (1972)
Mark Whitaker

Coached track at Hamilton Township in 1953, at Columbus East from 1954 through 1962, and at Columbus Brookhaven from 1963 through 1983. Coached cross country at Hamilton Twp. in 1952, at East from 1953 through 1961, and at Brookhaven from 1962 through 1982. Won nine league and eight district meets in track. Won two state high school cross country meet championships. Won eight league and eight district cross country meets. Coached three individual state high school track meet gold medalists. Won over 145 dual/tri track meets. Founded and managed the Bearcat Relays. OATC president. Official

Robert "Bear" Whitaker (1983)
Robert Whitaker

Coached track at Sandusky High School from 1930 through 1940 and Bowling Green State University from 1941 through 1952. His Sandusky teams won one state high school track championship, seven districts, and all seven league meets competed in. Coached 12 individuals who won in the state high school track meet, and one winner in the Chicago National High School Meet. Had much dual/tri meet success at Bowling Green. Won one All-Ohio track meet and coached one Olympian. Bowling Green's track is named after him.

Gary White (2014)
Gary White

Gary White grew up in a coaching family watching and learning from his father, Bob, who was a 30 year football coach in Middleville, Michigan and an inductee into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame. After a three year coaching stint at Kansas Lakota under Myron Cline, who Gary acknowledges as his mentor, he was ready to make a run at his own program.

In 1988, Gary took over the track program at Pemberville Eastwood with the philosophical intention of making Eastwood track one of the most competitive programs, not just in the Suburban Lakes League, but in the region and in the state. Lessons learned, mission accomplished.

Eastwood won their first SLL title in school history in 1997 and went on to win 13 more titles prior to Gary’s retirement in 2011 at one point sporting a streak of eleven championships in a row and going undefeated in dual meets in his last seven years of coaching. Gary’s teams also went on to win five Dis- trict titles and two Regional Championships.

Success came on the shoulders of such outstanding athletes Jimmy O’Brien (State Champion in the 4 x800M and 800M as well as three other All-Ohio honors in the 4 x 400M and 1600M); sprint specialist and eight time state quali- fier / five time All-Ohio athlete Cody Seifert; pole vault specialist Crosby Schemenauer (State Runner-up in ‘08 and State Champion in ‘09); and four-time State Champion and eventual National Champion thrower, Justin Welch.

Eastwood made their first trip to the State Runner-up awards ceremony in 2003 following that up with another Runner-up title in 2008. In 2009, the Eagles took one more step up the podium winning the State Championship in 2009 and then repeating the feat in 2010. During this run, Eastwood also dominated the Division II/III Indoor State Championships winning the titles in 2008, 20 09, and 2010.

Gary also helped host the District Meet at Eastwood High School and also served on District and Regional Games Committees

Robert White (1970)
Robert White

Coached track at Akron North from 1936 through 1972 and cross country at North from 1935 through 1971. Won five state high school cross country meets and runnerup positions twice. Won one state high school track championship. Won 12 district and 12 league track titles.Won 11 league and 14 district cross country meets. Coached four state high school cross countrty meet individual champions and three individual state high school track meet winners. Official.

Malvin "Mal" Whitfield (1980)
Malvin Whitfield

Ran for Ohio State University. Won Three Olympic gold medals- two 800's and one 4x400 relay, and one silver and one bronze medal. Won two NCAA outdoor 880's. Won one national AAU indoor event. Won six national AAU outdoor events and scored in five others. Broke the outdoor world 880 record twice. Won six Big Ten events. Set nine Ohio college outdoor and one Ohio college indoor record. Member of the National Track Hall of Fame. Sullivan Award winner.

Bill Whitman (2000)
Bill Whitman

Bill Whitman attended high school at Cleveland East Tech. In 1952 he won three individual state championships winning the high hurdles, the low hurdles (run on a straight-a-way), and the long jump besides running on the winning 880 relay team. Bill also recorded wins in the District Meet, West Tech Relays, East Tech Relays, Mansfield Relays, Salem, and Conference Meet.

Craig Whitmore (Ed Barker Award - 1999)
Craig Whitmore

Originally from Shadyside, Craig Whitmore was a track and field coach for 16 years and a cross country coach for 14 years. He has been a registered OHSAA official for 38 years. Craig has served as the OAT&CCC Historian for 15 years. Everyone interested in Ohio track & field and cross country owes a debt of gratitude to Craig for his many hours of research and record keeping of historical information about all aspects of our sport. Many forgotten individuals and performances have been brought to light through Craig's devoted investigations. Craig travels throughout the state and around the country to over 70 meets per year. He annually officiates at many local and tournament competitions. He has written the official history of the OAT&CCC, continuing annual updates. He has been referred to as Ohio's "walking encyclopedia" of track & field and cross country.

R. Scott Williamson (Ed Barker Award - 2003)
R. Williamson

Scott Williamson has been a continuing force in the leadership of track and cross country in Ohio. Scott served on the Executive Board of the OAT&CCC for many years, including a term as president in 1994 & 1995. During this tenure, he instituted, and continues to chair the Academic All-Ohio Award which is now copied by many other coaches organizations throughout Ohio. He also chairs the All-Ohio Athlete Awards program which recognizes state place winners in both track and cross country. Williamson co-chairs the Indoor Classic and Elite Track Meets. The "Runner", the Association's newsletter, is edited by Scott. Scott chairs the selection of the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Coaches' Award. Williamson has served as the Ohio Girls Head Team Coach for the MidEast Meet of Champions, as well as several years as an assistant Ohio team coach at the MidWest Meet of Champions. Scott has served on the Association By-Laws and Constitution Review Committees. Scott initiated a prominent local road race in his home community. Scott Williamson has also been a successful track and cross country coach at Baltimore Liberty Union High School.

William Wilson (1982)
William Wilson

Coached track at Xenia from 1955 through 1979 and cross country from 1954 through 1978. Won five conference and two district cross country meets. Was a successful runner at Greenville High School and Miami University. Founded and managed the Xenia Invitational. Official. Meet Manager.

Otis D. Winston (2011)
Otis Winston

Otis Winston began setting the bar high at a young age. He won the State Meet in High Jump 3 consecutive years and qualified for the high jump, long jump, 110m hurdles and the 4x400m relay, taking home the title in both the high jump and long jump. Otis was the first athlete in the Ohio Valley to jump 7’ and in his pursuit of the 7’ mark he set several state records.

Track was not the only sport in which Coach Winston has set records. As a four time letterman, despite several injuries, Coach Winston still holds the Toronto career scoring record in basketball with an impressive 1453 points. His senior year, Otis led his team to a 19 game season record, was co-captain of the team and named Eastern District 1st Team, OVAC 1st Team, and District 5 Player of the Year. Otis had a High School career high of 46 points in a game and scored at least 20 points in 30 consecutive games.

Coach Winston’s pursuit of excellence did not stop in High School, and he went on to participate in both Basketball and Track & Field at The Ohio State University. Otis was an All-American in Track and Field. Still setting records in college, he continues to hold a school record of 7’41/2” in the high jump. His exceptional jumping ability awarded him the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Trials for Track & Field in 1996.

Otis’ athletic achievements continued in basketball as well. He was a starter his Junior Year as a defensive specialist, often times matching him with the opponents leading scorer. His senior year he was the co-captain of his team while scoring a double-double against Penn State and scoring a season high of 17 points against Michigan. After college Otis went on to play overseas in Russia.

Otis owns his own production company and is currently shopping around three television show concepts in Hollywood to major networks. Otis Winston has two beautiful children Promise Starr Winston 8 and Reign Dawan Winston 6 and he currently resides in Blacklick, Ohio.

William C. Wirick (1980)
William Wirick

Coached track at Toledo Libbey High School from 1953 through 1962. Won all ten conference meets and four district track meets. Coached four individual state high school track meet winners. Won 62 dual/tri meets. Official

George Woerlin (1969)
George Woerlin

Coached track at Xenia OSSO from 1934 through 1941 and 1946. Won two state high school track meets and one runnerup. Won five league and five district meets. Coached nine track individual state high school track champions.

Andy Wolf (Ed Barker Award - 2013)
Andy Wolf

The Ed Barker Award is given as an acknowledgement to the individual who has shown the most exceptional service to the OAT&CCC and to the sports of track and Cross Country in Ohio. This year’s winner is Andy Wolf of Anderson High School.

Andy is an Anderson graduate who set records in the 440 dash and the mile as well as cross country. Continuing his running career at Marietta College, he qualified as an individual to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Upon graduation, he returned to Anderson HS to teach social studies for the next 40 years prior to his retirement. As a coach, Andy has received 41 Coach of the Year Awards during his career and was inducted into the Ohio Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2001, however, it is his personal character, integrity, and service for which we recognize him with this award.

Andy has been an active member of the OAT&CCC Executive Committee for many years, serving on the staffs of the MidEast Cross Country and Mid West Ohio All-Star Teams in addition to his responsibilities as a District Representative. He has also taken four U.S. teams overseas for international competitions.

His involvement in the community includes many hours of work in his church, time spent with the local cable TV station, 4:00AM preparation and serving at a community food kitchen, and other activities involving the members of his teams. Andy stresses community service to his athletes and they mirror his involvement and efforts. His community recognized him as the “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his contributions.

Because of his many efforts on behalf of our sports, the athletes and coaches, and his community, we are proud to recognize Andy Wolf as the 2013 Ed Barker Award winner.

Andy Wolf (2001)
Andy Wolf

Andy Wolf's boys' track teams have compiled an impressive 1,772 wins with only 553 losses during his twenty-six years at Anderson High School. While his boys have won twelve league and five district titles, Andy has been named coach of the year nine times. Two athletes have won state pole vaulting titles and another was national champion in the 3000m steeplechase.

In cross country, Mr. Wolf's boys have a record of 2409 wins and 759 losses while the girls have a record of 1734 wins and 441 losses. Other boys' achievements: 8 league and 43 invitational championships; 5 qualifications to state. Girls' achievements: 12 league, 71 invitational, and 6 district championships; 7 qualifications to state.

Dave Wottle (1974)
Dave Wottle

Ran for Canton Lincoln High School and Bowling Green State University. Won one Olympic gold medal in the 800 meters. Tied the world record in winning the final trails meet. Won two NCAA outdoor events and scored in another, won three indoor NCAA events. Won one outdoor national AAU event and scored in another. Won six Mid American Conference track titles and one cross country title. Won one All-Ohio cross country meet and scored in one NCAA cross country meet. Set 13 Ohio college records. Won one state high school track meet event. Coached track and cross country at Walsh College from fall of 1975 through spring of 1977 and at Bethany College from fall of 1977 through spring of 1981. Member of the National Track Hall of Fame.

Harold Wright (1979)
Harold Wright

Ran for Germantown High School. Won seven gold medals in the state high school track meet, including four straight in the 100 and three in the 220. Broke one state meet record and tied another.

James Wright (Ed Barker Award - 1979)
James Wright

Coached track and cross country at Reading High School, Wilmington College, and Cincinnati Country Day School from 1962 to the present. Served as OATC president and secretary. Served as coach of Ohio team at Midwest Meet of Champions. Has been an active official and noted clinic speaker. Hall of Fame.

Jim Wright (1984)
Jim Wright

Coached track at Reading High School from 1962 through 1982. Coached cross country at Reading from 1966 through 1976. Coached girls track from 1978 through 1982. Won eight conference track meets and five conference cross country meets. Coached four individual state high school track meet champions. Foundeded and managed the Reading Invitational. OATC president and secretary. Ohio coach for Midwest Meet of Champions in 1975 and 1976. Ed Barker Award. Has coached track at Wilmington College in 1986 and 1987. Official. Coaching track at Cincinnati Country Day from 1988 to present.

Robert Wright (1985)
Robert Wright

Ran for Ohio State University. Won four NCAA outdoor hurdle events. Won one national AAU indoor hurdle race and scored in four others. Set three world indoor hurdle records. Won seven Big Ten events. Set six Ohio college indoor and four Ohio college outdoor records. Was one of the best hurdlers in the world in 1944, but there was not an Olympic Games because of World War II.

Jim Wuske (1980)
Jim Wuske

Coached outdoor track at Mt. Union College from 1957 through 1978, indoor track from 1962 through 1978, and cross country from 1961 through 1977. Won one NCAA cross country championship. Won ten Ohio Athletic Conference outdoor track, nine indoor track, and ten cross country championships. Coached two individual NCAA track meet winners. Won one All-Ohio track meet.

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