Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Bill Huntington
Bill Huntington

As a student, Bill Huntington was the 1968 Class A State Cross Country Champion for Grand Valley High School. He was also runner-up in track for the 2 mile run in 1968 & 1969.

As a coach, Bill has coached 61 seasons over 31 years at Field High School. He has coached 100 teams of boys’ and girls’ track and cross country where he was the head coach for 91 of those teams. His combined dual /tri meet record stands at 775 – 271 – 2. He has coached teams to a combined 26 league titles, 14 District titles, 8 Regional titles, and 4 State Championships. Bill has had 10 teams that finished 3rd or higher in State Meet competition. He was the first coach to win both Boys and Girls State Cross Country Championships in the same year in Ohio in 1997. Coach Huntington has coached Field athletes to 81 All-State performances including State Champions Emily Mars, Chris Sinick , and Julie Kline.

Currently Bill is assistant coach at Malone College where he helped the men’s team win the 2007 NAIA National Championship in cross country.

Bob Lunn
Bob Lunn

Under the guidance of Coach Mike Garcia, Bob Lunn ran for Austintown Fitch. This outstanding athlete specialized in distance. His best time for the 2-mile outdoors was 9:11 while he ran a 9:07 indoors. He also excelled in the mile and in the 800M. Bob achieved a first place finish in both State meets in Cross Country and in the 2-mile in Track. In 1972, he was undefeated for the season winning all major meets.

Bob attended college in the fall of 1974 at Mount Union where he led the team to a Div. III National title with a 4th place (All American) finish. He then attended Bowling Green from spring of 1974 – 79. While there, he ran the 5,000 M. in 13:58 and the mile in 4:05. Mr. Lunn was the MAC Champion in both the 5,000 and the 10,000. He served as the Captain of the Bowling Green Cross Country team in 1978.

Claude Holland
Claude Holland

Claude Holland is not just a champion coach, he was an outstanding athlete himself. While at John Adams High School, Claude set a school record in the 880 yd. run. He served as the Team Captain while attending University of Cincinnati, and he was the National Sub Masters Champion in the 600 yd. run.

Coach Holland has been in education for the past 28 years. He served as the Head Track and Cross Country Coach for Cleveland John Adams from 1981 - 92, Head track coach at Cuyahoga Community College from 1993 – 94, Girls cross country at Cleveland Hts. 1995 – 2004, Boys track at Cleveland Hts. since 1999, and Boys cross country at Cleveland Hts. since 2005. In track, his athletes have placed in 43 events at the State Meet including 11 State Champions --breaking 3 State Meet and setting 3 State All-Time records. Coach Holland’s teams won the Outdoor State title in 1982 and 2008, the Indoor title in 2007, and 3 Outdoor State Runner-up titles. He further has 17 Relay title championships and 19 League championships to his credit. He also served as Head Coach of the winning Ohio boys team for the Midwest meet of Champions in 2008. While at Cuyahoga, Coach Holland coached 14 National Qualifiers. In Cross Country, Claude has guided 11 individuals to the State Meet and has had 3 All-Ohio runners.

This deserving Hall– of- Famer has additionally added leadership by serving as the Meet Manager of the Ned Weigart Relays since 1995. He has served as Chairman, Meet Director, and Meet Manager of the International Children’s Games held in Cleveland in 2004. Mr. Holland has been the President and Head Coach of the Cleveland Rebels Summer Track Club since 1980.

D'Andre Hill
D'Andre Hill

D’Andre Hill attended Mt. Healthy High School. In 1989 and 1990, she took first place in the 100 M. dash and in1990 she took first in the 200 M. dash as well. Her 100 M. time was 11.77 and she clocked a 24.44 in the 200 M. Ms. Hill later attended Louisiana State University where she continued running her specialities. She won 6 events in the NCAA meets. Ms. Hill was equally outstanding on a National level. She participated in the Olympic Games, the World Championships, and the World Junior Meet. She ran as a Pro in Track and Field. From 2001 – 2004, D’Andre was the Head Woman’s track and Field Coach for the University of Dayton.

Joe Crallie
Joe Crallie

A graduate of Sandy Valley, Joe Crallie ran track under Coach Ed Lidderdale. This speedster excelled at the 100 M. (10.6) and the 200 M. (22.1). He was equally outstanding in the Long Jump with a tremendous leap of 24’ 3 1/2”. It was in the long jump where Mr. Crallie set a Div. II record in 1994 and a Div. III record in 1995. He still holds both divisions' records. In 1995, Joe led his team to a 2nd place finish at the State Meet. Mr. Crallie went on to further his career while at Ohio State. His best jump was 25’5”. In the Big Ten Championships, Joe placed 5th in ’96, 4th in ’97, and 4th in ’99.

Krista Keir
Krista Keir

Krista Keir attended Westerville South High School where she was coached by Chris Mitko under Head Coach Scott Dorne. Her speciality was the Discus and Shot Put. She qualified for the State Meet in both events all 4 years of her High School career with 2 second places and 6 first places. In 1998 she was named Champion at the National Scholastic Indoor Meet in the Shot Put with a toss of 51’ 5 1/2”. This talented thrower further earned USATF Jr. All-American honors in both events. Krista is still the State record holder in the discus.

Ms. Keir attended Indiana University as well as Ohio State. Her best efforts in College were186’ 1” in Discus and in the Shot she threw 55’ 3” (indoor). She was the 2002 Big 10 Champion in the Discus and is the Ohio State University record holder in the Discus and Indoor Shot Put. Krista also earned NCAA All-American honors in 2002 with a 2nd place in the Discus. Other honors include being named to the Verizon Academic All-American team, being a Big 10 Medal of Honor Finalist, and winning the Corwin A. Fergus Award. This bright young lady graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University.

On a National level, Krista was in the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China and was a Silver Medallist at the 1997 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. Krista was also a member of the 1998 Jr. World IAAF Championships taking 10th place in the Discus at Annecy, France.

Pat Wagner
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.

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