Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Allen Knisley
Allen Knisley

Allen Knisley coached at Fairborn High School for 17 years. He also served as a registered official for 42 years. Coach Knisley guided athletes to state champion titles in the discus, mile, and pole vault. His high school track teams earned an eighty-seven percent winning margin. Allen also was a highly decorated combat pilot during World War II.

Bob Henes
Bob Henes

Bob Henes graduated from Peninsula Woodridge High School and North Carolina State University. While a high school runner, Bob won two State Titles in cross country and three State race titles in track. Bob earned All-American status placing fifth in the National Kinney Cross Country Meet. Bob also placed third in the Golden West Meet in the 3000 meter run. He was a seven time collegiate All-American in cross country and track. Bob was awarded the Kennett Award for the most outstanding North Carolina State University athlete.

Darrin J. Hill
Darrin Hill

Darrin Hill was coached by Hall of Fame coach Bob Mucha while attending Middletown High School. While Darrin’s specialty was the hurdles, he also excelled in the sprints. Darrin won the 300 meter hurdles in the State Championships in 1978 and 1979. Darrin’s high school relay teams won the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 meter relay titles. As a collegian Darrin earned titles in the Kansas Relays, the Drake Relays, and the Texas Relays.

Jeff Phillips
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.

Laurie Gomez Henes
Laurie Henes

Laurie Gomez graduated from Youngstown Boardman High School in 1988. Her outstanding high school credits include six AAA State Meet Race Titles (Three in cross country, two in the 1600 meter run and one in the 3200 meter run). Her 1600 and 3200 meter times led the Nation, helping her to earn high school All-American status that year. Laurie’s first place finishes also included the MidEast Cross Country Championships and in the U.S. Junior Nationals in the 3200 meter run. She was a Kinney (now Footlocker) national finalist. Laurie also was a collegiate All-American eight times while at North Carolina State University. She raced in the U.S. Olympic Trials, the World University Games, and the World Championships. Laurie also raced professionally from 1993 to 1999.

Micki Bish
Micki Bish

Micki Bish graduated from Liberty Benton High School where Hall of Fame coach Pat Wagner coached her. Micki won both the cross country State title in 1984, and also won State titles in track in 1986 and 1988. Micki was a four time All-Ohio Athlete. She never lost a conference race in sixteen attempts while in high school and earned All-District status twenty-two times. While at the University of Findlay, Micki earned All-American status in the marathon.

R. Scott 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.

Ted Rupe
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.

Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson competed for Cleveland John Marshall under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Tom Elkins. Thomas was an accomplished sprinter with specialties in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Thomas also competed for Kent State University where he earned five MAC Titles. He scored in both the NCAA and TAC National Meets, establishing five Ohio Collegiate records in the process. Thomas went on to win the bronze medal for the 200 meter dash in the Olympic Games.

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