Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Denise Gorski (Ed Barker Award - 2009)
Denise Gorski

This year’s winner of the Ed Barker award is most deserving. Denise Gorski’s contributions to track and field as well as to our organization have made her recognized and respected throughout the state. Ms. Gorski has coached at Boardman High School since 1982. She has led one State record holder (Laurie Gomez), two State Champions, one State Runner-up, and 16 other “All-Ohio” athletes in 10 different events. Her 81.7 winning percentage includes 12 SVC Championships, 11 Stark County Championships, and 7 District Championships.

Denise’s contributions to the OAT-CCC are many. She has served as a District rep, Association secretary, member of the scholarship committee, and coach of our Midwest team. She was named as Career State Coach of the Year. Ms. Gorski performs many duties at our annual clinic wherever the need.

Denise also has shown a great concern for people. She raised funds for a former athlete who developed cancer. She has shown great community spirit through her major commitment to the Boardman Parks Board. Her warm, friendly, enthusiastic personality has gained Denise Gorski many supporters. We are proud to add her name to the roll of distinguished Ed Barker Award recipients.

Todd Clark (2009)
Todd Clark

Coach Todd Clark led the cross country and track team from Cloverleaf for 35 years. Under his guidance, his CC teams have had 47 invitational wins and 46 invitational runner-ups. His boys teams have qualified for the State meet 7 times and his girls teams four times. Willie Wiley in 1986 and Kim Malarkey in 1990 were State runner-ups. The girls placed second in 1988 and third in 1989. Coach Clark has also had 51 State CC qualifiers.

In track, Coach Clark guided Dave Freeland to State runner-up in the 800 meter. He has had 52 individual State track qualifiers. Besides his coaching, Clark has helped the sport in other ways. He proposed the State CC poll in 1985 and has coordinated it ever since. He served as the Mid East coach and also helped set up the Scioto Downs State CC course. In 1976 and 1977 this deserving man organized an unofficial girls State meet to promote girls cross country.

Theresa Diggs (2009)
Theresa Diggs

Theresa Diggs, an outstanding sprinter and jumper, attended Bishop Hartley H.S. where she was coached by Jeri Price. While in high school, Ms. Diggs ran the 100M in 11.7, the 200 M. in 25.44, and long jumped 19’ 2.5”. At the State meet, Ms. Diggs, placed first in all 3 events plus was a member of the championship 800R. team. Her marks at the 1984 Div. 2 State meet set 3 new records and tied a record in the 4th event. Theresa attended Ohio State where long jump (20’ 11.25”) and triple jump (40’ 3.5”) were her specialties. She set a school record with her long jump. Theresa was the Big Ten Champion both indoor and outdoor and set 8 Ohio outdoor collegiate and 6 Ohio indoor collegiate records. She also qualified for the Olympic trials.

Kevin Huntley (2009)
Kevin Huntley

Kevin Huntley was an all-around track athlete for St. Joseph Central Catholic in Freemont. He was coached by Edward and Joe Colon. Kevin excelled in a number of events, but his specialties were the 110 and 300 hurdles. In 1992-93, Mr. Huntley not only set Midland Athletic League but Division 111 District, Regional, and State records in both hurdle events. His record times of 13.79 in the 110 hurdles and 37.58 in the 300 hurdles still stand as Division 111 State records. Mr. Huntley placed at State all 4 years of his high school career, earning State Championships his sophomore year and 2 his junior year.

Mr. Huntley attended the University of Wisconsin, participating in both football and track. He lettered all four years in both the indoor and outdoor track. He was also a member of the 3-time Triple Crown Big Ten Champion teams during his time there. He currently ranks 4th all-time on the University’s list on 110 M. hurdlers.

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.

Julie Victor (2009)
Julie Victor

Julie Victor from Austintown Fitch combined a rare talent of being a Champion at both jumping and throwing. In the discus, Ms. Victor threw 160’ 2”. In the shot put, she putted 45’ 7 1/2”. She also cleared the bar in the high jump at 5’ 4 1/4”. In Julie’s senior high school season, she won the shot and discus in every meet including the State. She set records at 8 of those meets. She was a 7 time State qualifier. Both USA Today and Track and Field News recognized Julie’s talents by naming her to their All-American squads.

Following high school, Ms. Victor went on to attend the University of Michigan. She received All-American honors in the discus.

Terry Zuercher (2009)
Terry Zuercher

Coach Terry Zuercher has touched many lives in a positive way during his 57 seasons as a track and cross country coach at Shelby. In track, he spent his first seven years coaching jr. high and the next 27 years as the distance coach at the high school. The Shelby track team was second at State in 1985 and won State in 2003 & 2004.

Coach Zuercher guided 3X All-Ohio Jason Mueller to an indoor National Championship in the 3200 and several outdoor 1600 and 3200 State Championships.

In Cross Country, Coach Z won 8 Districts, 2 Regionals and was second at State in 1985. Shelby was represented at State 15 times in his 23 seasons. His dual meet record was 182-41. His teams placed first or second in 59 invitationals. 1988 graduate Jim Loveless went on to become an All-American at Kent State.

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