Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Bob Karl
Bob Karl

The Ed Barker Award is given as 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 most deserving honoree is Bob Karl.

Mr. Karl has served our Association for more than 29 years. Even though he has never held a voting position, he has had a consistent positive influence. Bob has been, and continues to be, an integral part of many of the Association’s most important committees.

Bob’s first job came by Presidential appointment as Corresponding Secretary of the Executive Board for ten years. He has been the chairman of the Marv Crosten Scholarship Committee since 1992 and re-wrote the qualifications to fit today’s expectations. He has also served as Team Manager for the Mid West Meet of Champions five times. He edited the Association “Runner” in 1983 & 1984. Bob has moderated the Learn-by-Doing sessions at each track clinic and shared responsibilities at the Hall of Fame banquet for many years. He has volunteered his time working with the State Indoor Track Championship since the beginning.

Mr. Karl has also proven to be an excellent coach since 1970. He has served as an assistant and as a head coach at all levels of our sports from 7th grade to 12th grade. Presently, he serves as Girls Assistant Coach at Bellbrook. During his coaching tenure, Bob has coached many League and District champions, team champions, and State qualifiers. He was named West Central Ohio AAA Coach of the Year and earned the coveted OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award.

Brian Tucker
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.

Cynthia Anzalone Fox
Cynthia Fox

Mrs. Anzalone -Fox, an outstanding distance runner, was coached by Jim Zickes. While in high school, she went to State in 3 events. Her cross country time for the 2 ½ mile was 14:48. In the 800 M, Cynthia finished first at State in 2:15 and in the 1600 M. she was District and Regional Champ finishing in 5:06.3. In the 1980 East Coast Classic Mrs. Anzalone-Fox was named the most outstanding athlete when she won first place in both the 880 yd. and in the mile, running 4:59.3.

Cynthia attended the University of Houston. She posted a 2:05.1 in the 800 M, a 4:19 in the 1500 M., a 9:11.4 in the 3,000 M., and a 16.20.3 in the 5,000 M. She was named NCAA All American in Indoor track in the 1,000 yd. run. She is also a member of the University of Houston Track and Field Hall of Fame.

In 1988, Cynthia was named the U.S. representative in the “Friendship Race 10K” in Volgograd USSR.

Jack Quisno
Jack Quisno

Findlay Liberty-Benton is proud to claim Jack Quisno as their head track and field coach for 24 years and their cross-country coach the last 19 seasons. Mr. Quisno’s track teams were State Champions in 1995, 2000, and 2005. Coach Quisno’s teams were also state track Runner-up in 2006 and State Runner-up in cross country in 1999. He has a total of 17 conference wins in track. His teams have claimed eight regional titles in track and two in CC. State Champion performers include Brian Meinardi in the 1600 (1995), A.J. Granger in discus (1996), Matt Smith 110 hurdles (2000), John Bowman 110 hurdles (2005), and Seth Butler in the 800 (2008,2009). His 4 x 800 (2006) and a 4 x 100 (2007) relays have also claimed championships.

Jamie Lewis
Jamie Lewis

Hailing from Newcomerstown, Ohio, Jamie Lewis was an outstanding pole vaulter. He was under the guidance of head track coach Terry Henry, and pole vault coach Jim Fleming. At the Tuscarawas all county meet Jamie set the all-time Ohio pole vault record for Divisions I, II, and III at 16’4”. He achieved his best vault of 16’ 7” at the Ohio Games. He took first place in the State in 1994 and 1995, setting the Div III State meet record at 16’1”. His senior year Mr. Lewis cleared over 14’ twice, over 15’ five times, and over 16’ four times; all were meet records.

Jamie Lewis attended the University of Cincinnati. He took third in Conference USA indoor meet in 1997. In 1998 Mr. Lewis placed second in the meet and in 2000 he was first in the outdoor meet with a vault of 16’5 ¾”.

Milton L. Trubley
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.

Roberta Collins
Roberta Collins

Roberta Collins attended Sandusky High School and was coached by Gary Lill and Toby Notestine. In 1995, this outstanding talent threw the discus 173’ 10” which was the best throw in the United States that year. She also threw the shot put 47’ 1”. Ms. Collins was the State Champion in 1995 in both the discus and the shot. She is the only athlete to be a 3X State Champ from Sandusky High School.

Ms. Collins graduated from Kent State University in 2000 and was named to the Kent State Hall of Fame. While there, she was an 8 time MAC Champion in the discus (3X), shot put(1X), and weight. (4X). Her MAC discus was a MAC record. Roberta was a 3X All-American and placed 5th at the NCAA’s in 1997. She was also 4X Ohio Games discus/shot put Champion. She also won the Penn Relays in the discus in 1997. Roberta was the Jesse Owens Discus Champion and placed 7th at the 2000 Olympic trials with a throw of 189’ 11”.

Currently, Ms. Collins is the Assistant Track Coach at Huron High School.

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