Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches

OATCCC Hall of Fame

Ed Barker Award Recipiants

Carson Cheek (Ed Barker Award - 2014)
Carson Cheek

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 Cross Country and Track& Field in the state of Ohio. This year’s winner is Carson Cheek, formerly of Minster High School.

Carson has been involved in track and field since 1972. He served Minster School as an elementary teacher, guidance counselor, district special education representative and athletic director. He started the junior high track program and was boys varsity coach for fifteen years. During that time his team qualified for the State Meet in every event and finished third in 1988. The program always had thirty-five to forty-eight boys participating. In 1977 he was the founder of the Minster Memorial Invitational Track & Field Meet. He also coached high school athletes internationally at meets in seven countries.

As athletic director for sixteen years, he was a founding member of the Midwest Athletic Conference. In 1975 he implemented the girl's athletic program at Minster. He has been elected into the Northwest District Hall of Fame and the Ohio Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.

Carson was an official for over thirty years and a District and MAC Meet Director for over ten years. In 1993, he earned the Contributor Award from the Ohio Officials Association. The Ohio High School Athletic Association Meritorious Award was presented to him in 2005 for officiating. Carson also published the Ohio Track & Field News and Cross Country News for over twenty years. He was a recruiting source for coaches coast to coast and a contributing information source for local, state, and national publications.

His latest contributions have been as OAT&CCC Historian and as the Cross Country Clinic Director. The OAT&CCC has twice awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. Carson is also an Army combat veteran of Vietnam, having served with the 82nd Airborne and 1st Infantry Divisions.

Because of his many efforts on behalf of our sports, the athletes and coaches, and his community, we are proud to recognize Carson Cheek as the 2014 Ed Barker Award winner.

Wayne Clark (2014)
Wayne Clark

There is a reason the Ohio Track & Field Clinic is the largest and best clinic in the nation and it is Wayne Clark. For over 20 years, Wayne has been an army of one building the OATCCC Clinic into what it is today while also serving on the USTFCCCA Executive Board for four years, serving on the OATCCC Executive Board since 1979, and writing for Techniques magazine. Representing MF Athletics at clinics across the nation, Wayne’s reputation as a clinician in the areas of hurdles and relays has taken him to 19 different states where he has spoken to over 10,000 coaches. In seven other states, nearly 3,000 athletes have benefitted from Wayne’s sponsorship or organization of track and cross country camps.

Had Wayne never undertaken any of these ventures, however, he would still be the ideal candidate for the OATCCC Hall of Fame. A 30 year coach, his last 23 at Zanesville High School, Wayne enjoyed an enviable record of success. Under his guidance, Zanesville won 22 League and District titles in track and a n- other 16 League and District titles in cross country. His teams also went on to win Regional Runner -up and Regional Championship trophies. Seven individual State Champion victories came out of Zanesville under his tenure including two -time shot put champion, Erika Goines, two-time State Champion in the 110HH, Jon Thomas who also went on to win another title in the 300IH and two-time State Champion Ira Wentworth in the 3200M following on his cross country State Runner-up title.

Wayne’s service to the coaches and athletes of Ohio cannot be overstated. As a past President of the Eastern District and past Vice-President and President of the OATCCC, Wayne has been recognized as an inductee into the Muskingam County Veterans Hall of Fame and most recently was inducted into the Zanesville City Schools Hall of Fame. Whether as a decorated Army veteran of the Vietnam War, or as a 1996 official at the Atlanta Olympiad, Wayne Clark continues to represent Ohio on a national level that makes all of us who know him, proud to call him friend.

Doug Henwood (2014)
Doug Henwood

Doug Henwood served on the boys’ staff at Lancaster High School beginning in 1973 as the throws coach and put the Gales on the map in field events with eight individuals performing between 57’ and 67’ in the shot put and seven athletes ranging from 160’ to 198’ in the discus.

In 1992, when Doug took over as the head girls coach at Lancaster, the impact was immediate. Over the next 17 years, his teams went on to win 12 Conference Championships, 12 District Champion titles, 3 Regional Runner-up titles, 3 Regional Championships, and a State Runner-up title. Additionally, his teams finished in the top 10 three other times. A six time Conference Coach of the Year, six time Central District Coach of the Year, and the 1999 OHSAA Sportsman- ship, Ethics, and Integrity Award winner, Doug was recognized in 2005 as the Fred Dafler Track and Field Career Coach of the Year.

Throughout the course of his career, athletes reached the podium and earned All-Ohio honors 37 times with eight of those winning individual State Championship titles. These included Barry Walker in the shot put and the discus, Sean Whittington in the shot put, Heather Powers (shot put and discus), and two-time State Champion in the shot put, Nicole Kendrick. Additionally, Alyssa Gossel won the pole vault and Alexis Lape won the 300IH.

A true gentle giant, Doug was hard to pick out at track meets as he was content to remain in the background and allow his athletes to showcase their talents. Having taught for 35 years and coached for 30 years, Doug was planning on continuing to coach following the 2008 school year, but unexpectedly passed away prior to the end of the season. For those of us who knew him, his personal character alone would have placed him in the Hall of Fame and this posthumous honor is more than deserved.

Bob Hollen (2014)
Bob Hollen

In his 36 years of coaching in track & field and 27 years in cross country, Bob Hollen has made Granville High School a State Meet fixture in both sports and a respected and dominant presence in Central Ohio athletics.

Listing the boys and girls track and cross country championship titles in combination, the Blue Aces have amassed 36 Mid-State and Licking County League titles, 19 District Runner-up titles, 19 District Championships, 11 Regional Runner-up awards, three Regional Championships, and numerous trips to the State Championship meets. The boys cross country teams have made five State Meet appearances with their highest finish of 5th coming in 1996. Girls cross country achieved their highest finish of 5th place in 2010. In track, the boys have finished in the top ten twice - 6th in 1986 and 7th in 2002. The girls won the Division II State Runner-up title in 2002 to add to their other top ten finish, 9th in 1989.

Either individually or on relay teams, Bob’s athletes reached the podium 117 times with Runner-up performances coming from Andrew Cooper (1997, High Jump), Brian Pulliam (2002, 800M), Carrie Brown (1979, Discus), Laura Redding (1986 High Jump, 1987 100HH), Amy Ehrsam (1989, 100M and 200M), and Anyi Onyido (2001, 100HH). State Championship titles were won by Mike McBride (1986, Shot Put), Kim Horning (2002, Long Jump and 4 x 100M), and Carrie Brown who won the 1979 title and then came back to repeat in 1980 setting a Division II State Record in the process. Annie Beecham was a three time All-Ohio cross country and three-time All-Ohio track athlete who went on to earn All American honors in the 10K while at Ohio University.

Bob has received the Fred Dafler Career State Coach of the Year two times, in 2002 for Girls Track and Field and in 2012 for Boys Cross Country.

Bob has served Ohio athletes and coaches in a variety of other roles. He designed and produced the Midwest Meet of Champions program when it was held at Ohio Wesleyan and has served as the OATCCC event photographer at numerous championship meets. He has also been the District 11 representative to the OATCCC for many years, is currently the Web Site Chair, and is a former President of the State Coaches Association. Bob also has served as President of the Central District Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. Most recently, Bob has coached Team Ohio girls at the Mid East Cross Country Championships and served as a member of the Midwest Meet of Champions track and field staff.

Angela Homan (Thomas) (2014)
Angela Homan

Hailing from Spencerville High School, Angela dominated women’s distance running from 1998 through 2002. A four time State Champion and three time State Runner-up, Angela set standards that are still being chased over a decade later. In four years of cross country, Angela was only beaten twice as a freshman when she earned her first State Runner-up title, and as a junior when, after lead- ing the State Meet race through the three mile mark, she collapsed and then crawled across the line for 62nd.

In Track, Angela made a regular appearance as a 1600M-3200M double in DIII racing to third place twice and earning one State-Runner-up title in the 1600M, and then coming back less than an hour later in the 3200M where she earned one State-Runner-up title and two State Championship medals. A Mideast Cross Country Champion (2001 18:13.06) and Footlocker National Finalist where she finished 18th, she closed out her high school career as it should be with a Midwest Meet of Champions title in the 3200 (2002-10:56.0).

Continuing her career at Auburn, Angela went on to win three SEC titles in cross country as well as earn All-American honors at the National Championships those same three years (2003-2005), her highest finish coming in 9th place. She also ran for the USA at the World XC Championships in Switzerland. In track, Angela lit up the 5K and 10K races across the nation earning four more SEC titles and recognition four more times as an All-American while winning such prestigious races as the Penn Relays and setting Auburn school records which still stand. In 2006, Angela helped Auburn win the Out- door NCAA National Championship and was selected as one of nine finalists for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Angela earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke in 2009 and currently resides in Wallace, North Carolina.

Kevin Keller (2014)
Kevin Keller

The son of Charles Keller, a pole vaulter in the 1930’s for Prospect High School, and coached by his Uncle Paul (Keller), a 1982 Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin’s 1973 AA State Championship title and state record (14’ 5¾”) was the fulfillment of a high school career dedicated to this event. Kevin went on to clear 14’ 11” in the All-Ohio Track Classic and set a new Elgin High School record that still stands today.

In his four years at Ohio state, Kevin set the freshman record of 15’ 0”, won numerous invitationals in both indoor and outdoor competitions, and earned All-Big Ten honors in 1975, 1976, and 1977. Elected team captain his senior year, Kevin earned OSU Scholar Athlete recognition and was recognized as thewinner of the Frank R Castleman Award given to the outstanding senior student for excellence in scholarship and leadership.

Kevin continued jumping after Ohio State and competing for the Ohio track Club in the National AAU Indoor and Outdoor Championships garnering two top ten finishes in the USA-TFA Championships and setting his 17’ ¼” PR along the way. Kevin was also the athlete representative on the USA-TFA National Track Governing Council.

As a teacher at River Valley High School for over 35 years and head coach for18 years, Kevin’s teams won twelve county, nine conference, and two District titles along with numerous individual qualifiers to the State Championship Meet. His pole vaulters have benefited from his expertise with thirteen qualifiers in this event including State Champions, Dan Schlit and Bryan Chard.

Kevin has been District track coach on numerous occasions as well as the 1998 OATCCC District 6 Coach of the Year. He ha s served as District Coordinator for the Summer Junior Olympic Track Meets as well as conducted several clinics on the pole vault and its safety and teaching techniques.

Charles "Chuck" Kyle (2014)
Charles Kyle

Known as a respected motivational speaker and the author of The Object of the Game, Chuck Kyle has set a standard of personal character to which coaches aspire. A teacher and role model of the OHSAA cornerstones sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity, Chuck’s guiding principle has been “a greater objective than winning is building winning individuals, winners at life.”

And won he has!

As track coach at St. Ignatius for 40 years, Chuck’s teams have come to define success. Competing at the Division I level, St. Ignatius has won 25 District Championships including the last 20 in a row from 1994-2013. In that same time period, Coach Kyle’s teams have won one Regional Runner- up title, eight Regional Championship titles, the 2005 State Runner-up trophy, and the 2001 State Championship.

Chuck has also coached outstanding athletes such as 2001 competitor in three events at the State Championship, Tony Gonzalez. Tony went on to be a #1 draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts. 2001 State Champion in the 800M, Marc Sylvester, still holds the state record in this event at 1:48.93. And finally, pole vaulter, Tim Mack who went on to win the Gold Medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The winner of multiple coaching awards in both football and track, Coach Kyle epitomizes the benefits of hard work, disci- pline, and commitment and is the only inductee into the Hall of Fame for both Football and Track & Field.

John Scott (2014)
John Scott

With nearly 100 seasons of coaching in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track the last half of those at Buchtel High School John Scott has made the Griffins synonymous with winning.

During his time at Akron Buchtel, the Griffins have won the Akron City Series Championship 55 times 28 times with the boys and 27 times with the girls. The boys teams have won eleven District Championships, nine Regional Championships, two Indoor State Championships, and two Outdoor State Championships. The girls have also won eleven District Championships, four Re- gional Championships, two Indoor State Championship titles, and one Outdoor State Championship. That is an astounding 42 championship titles across the levels of OHSAA state competition.

Individually or on relays, too many athletes have qualified to the State Championships to count but once there, 263 of them made it to the podium and earned All-Ohio honors. An amazing 73 of those won individual State Championship honors including 100HH/300IH specialist Tiffany Tucker and 400M ace Curtis Eaton. Christy Campbell earned six All-Ohio honors in the sprints and relays as did Arthur Thomas who was an eight-time All-Ohio. Desiree Jones was also a multi- time All-Ohio athlete including State Championship titles in the hurdles and long jump.

John’s individual recognition has come in the form of Summit County Coach of the Year (1996) and Plain Dealer Coach of the Year in 1996 and 2006. He was selected as the OATCCC District 4 Coach of the Year for the girls in 1995 and then for the boys in 1996. Boys and girls combined, he has also been selected as the Akron City Series Coach of the Year on ten different occasions. John is a past President of the Akron Area Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. In 2003, John was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

John is a veteran of the US Army having served in Vietnam from 1969-1970.

Gary White (2014)
Gary White

Gary White grew up in a coaching family watching and learning from his father, Bob, who was a 30 year football coach in Middleville, Michigan and an inductee into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame. After a three year coaching stint at Kansas Lakota under Myron Cline, who Gary acknowledges as his mentor, he was ready to make a run at his own program.

In 1988, Gary took over the track program at Pemberville Eastwood with the philosophical intention of making Eastwood track one of the most competitive programs, not just in the Suburban Lakes League, but in the region and in the state. Lessons learned, mission accomplished.

Eastwood won their first SLL title in school history in 1997 and went on to win 13 more titles prior to Gary’s retirement in 2011 at one point sporting a streak of eleven championships in a row and going undefeated in dual meets in his last seven years of coaching. Gary’s teams also went on to win five Dis- trict titles and two Regional Championships.

Success came on the shoulders of such outstanding athletes Jimmy O’Brien (State Champion in the 4 x800M and 800M as well as three other All-Ohio honors in the 4 x 400M and 1600M); sprint specialist and eight time state quali- fier / five time All-Ohio athlete Cody Seifert; pole vault specialist Crosby Schemenauer (State Runner-up in ‘08 and State Champion in ‘09); and four-time State Champion and eventual National Champion thrower, Justin Welch.

Eastwood made their first trip to the State Runner-up awards ceremony in 2003 following that up with another Runner-up title in 2008. In 2009, the Eagles took one more step up the podium winning the State Championship in 2009 and then repeating the feat in 2010. During this run, Eastwood also dominated the Division II/III Indoor State Championships winning the titles in 2008, 20 09, and 2010.

Gary also helped host the District Meet at Eastwood High School and also served on District and Regional Games Committees

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