Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

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.

Mark Albaugh (2013)
Mark Albaugh

If you watched this year’s 2012 State Championship Cross Country Meet, you couldn’t have helped but notice that Claymont was there again – and in both the boys and girls races. Go figure.

Spanning a career of 25 years, Mark Albaugh has coached at Dover, Garaway, and Claymont – and won at all three. His positive team building attitude brings out the championship performances in his athletes, and champions they have been. At the league level, Mark’s teams have won 26 cross country championships and nine track titles. There have been 54 All-Ohio Ahtletes.

As a coach of women’s cross country, Mark’s teams across the years have won nine District titles and been the Regional Champions eight times. Three times, while at Dover, his girls won State Runner-up titles. It should be noted that all three of those years, they were second only to nationally ranked powerhouse, Beaumont, and that Dover was the only team in the state who could give them a race. Individually, Sarah Montelone won an individual State Runner-up title in 1994. For the boys, there have been 12 District titles and four Regional Championships. Additionally, the boys and girls teams have won six Regional Runner-up titles.

In track and field, Mark’s teams have won 10 District Championships and four Regional Championships. There have been 11 individual State Champions including Sarah Montelone who won the 3200M in 1995, and Riki Cerrett who won the 1993 and 1995 800M races with times of 2:12 and 2:13 respectively.

Mark has been the league coach of the year 22 times and District COTY 24 times. He has also served the coaches of the East District Track/Cross Country Association as both their Vice-President and their President. He currently serves as the District 5 representative to the OATCCC.

Mark still coaches at Claymont HS and resides in Dennison, Ohio.

Cyndie Brown (Williams) (2013)
Cyndie Brown

Cyndie Brown of Kettering Fairmont East High School’s Class of ’79 epitomized the growing women’s running movement in Ohio. A three year athlete on the track, Cyndie went to the State Championship in her junior and senior year in the mile posting a PR of 5:04. As a junior in cross country, Cyndie competed on the boys’ team until, in 1978 – her senior year – women’s cross country became a recognized sport. Running on the first ever girls’ team, she never lost a race her senior year until the State Meet where she finished 2nd.

Continuing her career at Indiana University, Cyndie ran four years of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track posting PR’s of 9:26 for the 3K, 16:10 for the 5K, and 34:07 for the 10K. It was following her career at Indiana, however, when Cyndie reached her greatest heights.

Cyndie’s first attempt at the marathon came in Columbus in 1983 where she ran 2:46, finished as the first Ohio finisher, and qualified for the Olympic Trials. Across the 80’s decade, Cyndie became one of the best marathoners in the world and her runner-up finish at the 1987 Pittsburgh Marathon ranked her as the #1 American woman and #6 in the world for the year. Running World and Runners World both featured her on their covers during this time period and with back to back victories in the St. Louis Marathon (1984, 1985) and the 1988 Honolulu Marathon title in her crown, Cyndie was recognized as one of America’s leading ladies in long distance running. Her PR’s include a 15:34 5K, 32:24 10K, 1:13:33 in the half marathon, and a marathon PR of 2:34.09.

Cyndie currently lives in Louisville, Colorado.

Julie Cole (2013)
Julie Cole

Julie started her coaching career at Wintersville HS in 1983 before moving to Berkshire HS the following year – and since then, the Badgers have made a habit of going to the State Championships in both cross country and track & field. An outstanding runner in high school and college, Julie brought her expertise to Berkshire and created a running environment that epitomizes success and annually turns out champions at all levels.

In cross country – boys and girls programs combined – her teams have been dominant! After winning 33 East Suburban and Chagrin Valley Conference Championships, Julie’s teams have gone on to win 14 District Championships and 26 District Runner-up titles. The Badgers have qualified to the Regional Meet 51 times with four of those winning Regional Championships and twelve winning Runner-up titles. Berkshire teams have qualified to the State Championship 24 times with the girls’ highest finish coming in 2009 (3rd) and the boys highest finish also coming in 3rd (1994). There have been 47 individual state qualifiers, 16 of whom have earned All-Ohio honors.

In track, the success has been the same. Twenty-six league championships have been followed up by 14 District Championships and 13 District Runner-up titles. The Badgers have won one Regional Meet and they have been Runners-up on five other occasions. In 1999, Julie’s girls’ track team won the State Runner-up title. Individually, 90 individuals have qualified to the State Meet and Berkshire relays have qualified 42 times. There have been five individual State Runners-up and five State Champions including Kelly Green (800M), Patrick Buddenbaum (800M), and two-time 800M winner, Debbie Duplay. On the boys’ side, Dan Taylor won the discus in 1998 and set a DIII all-time record with a throw of 200-11 before going on to a world-class career in the shot put. Three State Champion relays and four State Runner-up relays round out an impressive resume of State Championship performances.

The winner of numerous awards at all levels, Julie was the 2003 Fred Dafler Career Coach of the Year. In 2011, she received the OHSAA Sports, Ethics, and Integrity Award and in 2012, she was inducted into the Berkshire HS Hall of Fame. She continues to coach at Berkshire and lives in Chardon, Ohio.

George Guins (2013)
George Guins

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, George Guins was everything to young men and women entering the new sport of cross country. A 1961 graduate of Olmsted Falls and a soccer goalie for Ohio State before graduating in 1966, George started the men’s cross country program at Bucyrus HS in 1967 followed by the women’s program in 1970. George’s own running took off about this same time running the Boston Marathon for the first time in 1969. He missed the 1970 marathon but then began a 29 year streak at Boston including a 2:34 PR which ranked him the 17th American and 75th in the world. In 1978, George took over the programs at Galion High School and has been there since.

In a coaching career that has spanned over 90 seasons of track and cross country, George’s influence on young runners and on coaches around the state has been great. He has served on numerous District and Regional games committees and has been the District 6 Coach of the Year on several occasions. George was the Mid East Cross Country Coach for a three year period. Back when there was a demand for qualified people, George became an official and helped start meets for the next 27 years. Over the years, he promoted running by founding the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival “Brattie Run,” sponsoring 24 Hour Relay running events for team fund raisers, and helping found the Galion Invitational – the same course that hosted one of the best District Cross Country Meets for years.

Finally, George’s athletes have achieved on the track. His teams have won numerous NOL titles in both men’s and women’s competitions. They have won several District titles and two Regional titles (Cross Country in 2005 and Track in 1995) as well as advanced to the State Championship eight times with the highest finish of 4th coming in 1995. Notable Galion athletes under George’s coaching have included All-Ohio Jessica Strickler in cross country; Baldwin-Wallace All-American, Jessica Carmona; and nine time Malone College All-American, James Zeuch. Numerous other relays and individuals have also earned All-Ohio honors across the years.

George, retired from teaching at Galion, still coaches Track, and spends winters in Florida

Leslie Moorman (O'Brien) (2013)
Leslie Moorman

Leslie Moorman remains one of the most decorated track and field athletes in State Championship history. Coming out of Minster High School’s Class of 1989, Leslie stamped her senior year with league MVP Awards in volleyball, basketball, and track. But track is where she excelled and it was her leadership and efforts in her final spring season that brought home a team Track & Field State Championship title for Minster.

With athletes limited to entering four events per meet, the possibility of running 16 State Championship races in the course of one’s four year career exists. And even if an athlete gets there in that many events, placing in them is a challenge – let alone winning them. Leslie made it to State Meet in 15 of those attempts, ran in five different events – two individual events and three different relays – and earned All-Ohio honors in 14 of those. Seven of those efforts resulted in State Championship titles and three others in State Runner-up titles.

Although a critical member of the 4 x 100M relay (all four years), the 4 x 200M relay (sophomore year), and the 4 x 400M relay (all four years), it was the hurdles (100 hurdles her senior year and 300 hurdles all four years) for which Leslie became best known. In the 300M hurdle event, Leslie never lost a race in the course of her four year career – not once – not even a prelim – not even at the State Championships. She is one of only 14 athletes to ever win a title all four years and the only hurdler to do so. Her State Meet PR in the 300IH Hurdles is still a championship level 44.34.

Leslie attended Bowling Green University where she lettered all four years and served as captain her senior year. She was on the record setting 4 x 100M shuttle hurdle relay team and placed 2nd in the MAC Championships as a senior in the 400M Hurdles.

A Minster HS Hall of Fame inductee, Leslie lives in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Pat Ritchie (2013)
Pat Ritchie

Coming out of the University of Akron and having competed in three NCAA Cross Country Championships and one NCAA Track Championship, Pat got his start at Mogadore HS where he coached for two years – and won a District Championship – before heading to Walsh Jesuit and building them into one of the most highly decorated and respected programs in the state. In his 34th year of coaching cross country at Walsh Jesuit, the Warriors ended the 2012 campaign in a manner we have all come to admire: a District Championship, a Regional Championship, and a 6th place finish at the State Meet.

It’s been like this at Walsh since Pat took over.

In fact, Pat’s teams have won 19 District Championships and been District Runners-up ten times. There are eight Regional Championship and nine Regional Runner-up trophies in the case and his teams have qualified to the State Meet 23 times. Once there, they won two State Championships, five State Runner-up awards, and finished in the top ten 18 other times. Walsh Jesuit has had 10 individual District Champions, three individual Regional Champions, and twenty athletes have earned individual All-Ohio honors.

In track and field, Pat’s accomplishments have mirrored this success winning three District Championships and three Runner-up titles. Nine relays and 17 individuals have qualified to the State Meet earning All-Ohio honors 16 times and winning a State Championship in the 4 x 800M.

A coach’s coach, Pat has promoted the sport of cross country by hosting the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk run, the Warrior Classic, the Walsh Jesuit Turkey Trot, the Bunsey Memory Run, the Akron CYO Championship Meet, and a summer cross country running camp. In track and field, he hosts the Warrior Relays and the Akron CYO Championship Meet.

Pat served as the District 4 representative to the OATCCC from 1989-1992. He still coaches cross country and track at Walsh Jesuit and resides with his wife in Silver Lake, Ohio.

Chris Rupe (2013)
Chris Rupe

Cleveland State’s 1984 MVP (including a 2:21 marathon), Chris Rupe brought his passion for Cross Country and Track to McDonald and began building a 26 year coaching career that has been nothing short of a dynasty in Northeast Ohio and at the State Championship level of competition.

Chris has been the NE Ohio CC Camp director for 32 years, the director for 11 years of the run INSPIRED Christian Youth Camp, the director of McDonald’s Billy Goat Challenge and the Mahoning Valley JH Invitational, and many other meets including the Trumbull County Championships and the ITCL Championship Meet. Chris also designed and helps maintain the Woodland Park one and two mile courses, the 5K course, and a four mile running trail used by walkers and college athletes alike. All told, Chris has influenced thousands of runners in the course of his career including Becky Testa (1994 State Champion) and Stuart Henderson (1989 State Champion, Midwest Regional Champion, and 5th place finisher at the Footlocker National Championships).

At the State Championship level of competition, few coaches in Ohio have as equal of a record. In men’s and women’s cross country combined, McDonald HS has gone to the State Meet in all but two of Chris’s years as a coach winning State Championship titles in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2011 and State Runner-up titles in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, and this past season in 2012. Track success has been no less impressive with a men’s State Championship title in 1999 as well as seven individual State Champions and six State Runners-up. Success in the relays adds another five State Championship honors and three State Runner-up efforts. Success at the District and Regional levels has been no less spectacular including fourteen Regional titles and nine Regional Runner-up titles.

Chris continues to inspire NE Ohio athletes and lead the McDonald programs to victory. He lives with his wife and children in Cortland, Ohio.

Earl Zilles (2013)
Earl Zilles

An All-Ohio performance (13th) as a freshman at the 1976 State Championship in Cross Country left little doubt that Earl Zilles was going to be something special. The team State Championship title won by West Liberty Salem HS would be the first of three State Championship titles helped by Earl’s efforts. His freshman year on the track was just as promising with a 3rd place two mile effort (9:54.3) at the State Championships.

Coming off a stress fracture injury his sophomore year, Earl was undeafeated his junior year before winning the State Cross Country Meet in 12:06.7 for 2.5 miles. The summer before his senior year, Earl ran a 9:15 two mile at the AAU Junior Olympics at the University of Nebraska to finish 6th. His senior year was nearly flawless as he was defeated only twice – once by George Nicholas and once by John Ziska – en route to defending his State Championship title. Earl finished his high school career with an 11:42.2 PR for 2.5 miles.

On the track, Earl lived up to the expectations coming out of his freshman year. As a sophomore, he finished 7th in the mile (4:28.3) and 3rd in the two mile (9:27.8). In his junior year, he won both the mile (4:21.4) and two mile (9:25.6) State Championship titles. Plagued by a low back injury his senior year, Earl was forced to focus on the two mile but still defended his title winning the 1980 State Championship.

All told, Earl won five individual State Championship titles and was part of three State Championship teams. He earned All-Ohio honors nine times before continuing his career at the University of Houston. In NCAA competition, Houston went to the NCAA Championship Meet as a team in 1980 and then in 1981, Earl qualified as an individual. In 1982, Earl earned All-SWC honors finishing 3rd in the steeplechase (9:04). Returning home, Earl coached cross country and track at West Liberty Salem from 1982-1984 where several athletes qualified to the State Championships including eventual winner, Maria Newcomer, in cross country and in the 1984 3200M.

Earl presently lives in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

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