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Hall of Fame Biography
Coached six consecutive
state team titles for Crystal City in 2A girls track from 1984-1989.
Also had seven district team titles and 20 individual state champions.
He was MTCCCA Coach of the Year six times and a regional nominee for
national Coach of the Year. In high school he was the state Class B
champion in the 220 at Crystal City. After running graduating from MU,
where he also competed in track, Dick taught for 34 years and, in
addition to Crystal City also has coached at Poplar Bluff and
Herculaneum for a combined total of over 40 years.
Coached and taught at Hazelwood-Central for 25 years where he was the
head Girls CC coach from 1979 to 1997. His teams won 19 consecutive
conference and district titles with 10 top 4 finishes and 1 state title,
19 All-State runners, 3 state champions and the state record holder. As
assistant track coach he has had over 90 state medalist and three state
record holders. After two years as assistant CC coach at Ft. Zumwalt
South, he became head coach in 2000 and has had 4 more conference
champions. The CC meet at Hazelwood Central is named in his honor.
Southeast Missouri State
University head track coach since 1982. NCAA regional Coach of the Year
seven times, Ohio Valley Conference or MIAA Coach of the Year 13 times,
MTCCCA COY seven times and NCAA D-II National COY in 1987. Has had 18
D-II top 4 finishes, 2 D-II national champion teams (one in CC and one
in indoor track), coached 148 All-Americans and had 24 national
champions. Joey served as MTCCCA President in 1996 and as President of
the D-II NCAA Track Coaches Association in 1990-1991
Stan was a state
medalist for Northwest HS of House Springs in the mile and 880 in 1961.
After attending college at Arkansas State, where he was captain of the
CC and Track teams, he returned to Northwest as boys CC coach for 35
years (1965-1999). Stan had district champion teams 25 times in a row
with teams at state 29 times including three in the top 4. As an
assistant T&F coach, he had 20 district champion teams, coached 8 state
event champions and over 75 individual state medalists. The CC
invitational at Northwest is named in his honor.
Men’s T&F and CC
coach Truman State since 1974. Ed was the national CC champ in the NCAA
college division at Northeast Missouri in 1964 and was also an
All-American in track in the mile. He still holds the mile and 1500
records for Truman State. Coached at Riverview Gardens before going
back to Kirksville. Ed has coached 52 All-Americans, had 13 MIAA team
champions, has been a six time MIAA Coach of the Year and has had 2 top
4 team finishes at the NCAA D-II meet. He is in both the NCAA D-II
Cross Country Coaches and the Truman State University Hall of Fames.
Hall of Fame Biography
A former MTCCCA president. Ray was a
longtime teacher at Parkway West where he coached Track for 23 years and
Cross Country for 21. He had two back-to-back state champ teams in
girl’s Cross Country in 1989 and 1990, two other top 4 finishes, plus
nine conference titles. Ray was instrumental in starting and
developing women’s high school cross country in Missouri. His
Track coaching accomplishments include four individual state champions
and a top 4 team finish.
A former MTCCCA president and current
Jefferson City HS Track coach where he has taught since 1975. Dennis has
had four state champion teams among 20 state meet top 4 finishes.
In addition he as had 28 District team titles, 36 individual champions
and MTCCCA Coach of the Year six times. Dennis is still very active in
the MTCCCA especially with the state track meet. Dennis is
an Owensville native and also coached at Perryville and at U High in
One of the most successful high school
coaches in Missouri all time with five state champion girls’ teams, four
at Sumner (76-78-79-80) and one at Normandy (86). She also had two
other top 4 finishes. Lynn was one of the pioneer women coaches in
the beginning days of high school girl’s track in Missouri.
Five individual Missouri high school state
championships in 1933 while at Grandview HS in Worth Co. in 1933.
Herschel was the NCAA record holder in the TJ had 17 individual MIAA
conference titles, and eight school records while attending what is now
Northwest Missouri State. He was also an NCAA All-American
in 1936 & 1937 and two time AAU national champion. An inductee
into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, he is also honored by having the
track at Northwest Missouri State named after him and the gymnasium at
Blue Springs High School.
Olympic bronze medalists in the 50km race
walk at Mexico City in 1968 and at Munich in 1972. Larry won 30
national titles and represented the US on eight different national
teams. A native of the Independence area and a graduate of Fort
Osage High School, where he was the school record holder in the 880 and
the mile, Larry also attended a one room school near Orrick and junior
high at Richmond. Larry studied at Columbia College and is now one
of the foremost bronze sculptors in America. He is one of the few
Missourians that is also a member of the USA Track and Field Association
Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Biography
Former president of the MTCCCA. Just retired Marquette Girls
Cross Country and Track & Field coach. Jim spent 35 years in the
Rockwood district with 30 years coaching. He is a three time MTCCCA
Coach of the Year, twice in Track & Field and once in Cross Country, and
has been a nominee for national Coach of the Year in Track & Field. He
has had 13 top 4 teams in Track & Field and Cross Country at the
Missouri state meets. Over 200 of his athletes have earned all state
honors and have broken three state records.
Former President of the MTCCCA. Current Springfield
Parkview HS Boys Track & Field coach since 1978, Girls Track & Field
coach since 1988, and both squads in Cross Country since 1984. Don is a
graduate of Springfield Central where he was twice 880 state champion
and a state indoor meet record holder in that event. He coached three
All-Americans and 55 all-state performers in 17 different events
including state record holders Bill Jasinski in the high jump (7’3”) and
Billy Rainey in the 800 (1:49.89). He has also had three all-state
performers in Cross Country.
Former president of MTCCCA. Current Girl’s Track & Field
coach at Ruskin HS. Reggie is a graduate of Kansas City Southeast HS
where he was a state champion in the Long Jump and high point scorer at
the 1969 state indoor meet and of Central Missouri State where he
competed on the track and football teams. He spent nine years coaching
Track & Field and Cross Country at Kansas City Southeast HS and for the
past 21 years at Ruskin HS. He has had five state champion teams, one
boys and four girls, one national champion, five All-Americans, 36 state
champion events in track & field and one in cross country and almost 300
state medalists in track and Cross Country. He is a six time MTCCCA
Coach of the Year and a two time national Coach of the Year.
2000 & 2004 Olympian in the Pole Vault. Kellie is a graduate of
Francis Howell HS, where she was state champion in the Long Jump, and of
Florissant Valley CC where she and All-American in that event as well.
She was the 2001 World Indoor Silver Medalist and 1998 USA champ in the
Pole Vault where she has been ranked in top 5 in United States since
1997, #4 in the world in 2001 and #9 in the world in 2003. At this
time, her vault of 15’1” is the 4th best ever for an
Hall of Fame Biography
Current Co-head T&F coach at Central Missouri State University
and one of the top ranked athletes in the decathlon in the world. Kip
was the 2001 National champion and a member of the 2000 Olympic Team in
Sidney. Also competed in 96 and 04 Olympic Trials. He holds the record
for most career decathlon wins and the American record for most times
over 8,000 points. As coach at CMSU his teams have won 10 MIAA team
titles and produced several national champions and has been named USTCA
national indoor COY.
Head boys and girls CC coach at Columbia Hickman since 1984, 4A state
champion team in 1998, 14 state qualifying teams finishing in the top 5
seven times, 19 All-State runners with a 2 time state champion. Was
also head boy’s track coach from 85-89, head girl’s coach from 87-89 and
served as an assistant since 1989. In track he had 38 All State
athletes including 4 boys under 4:17 in the 1600. He as also served as
a College Meet Official, clinician at several clinics and author of
several articles on cross country and track. The current
President-Elect for MTCCCA. University City HS and SEMO graduate.
Head track coach at North Calloway from 1981-1985, where
he had two state champions, and Head Cross Country coach at Jefferson
City since then where he also serves as an assistant track coach. His
cross country teams have earned 27 district titles and 15 state
trophies, including two state champion teams, and 27 All-State runners.
Jim has Level II certification in the distance events and a three time
MTCCCA COY. Now serving MTCCCA as Vice President, he is a graduate of
Ritenour HS and SMS.
Began CC programs at both McCluer North and Parkway South and
the Track program at Parkway South. In CC he has had 16 All-State
athletes, 1 state champion, and he has had 4 top 4 team finishes. In
track he has coached 98 All-State athletes, 4 state champions and he has
had 5 top 10 finishes. Has authored several articles on both track and
cross country and been a clinician at several clinics including the
National Federation of High Schools. Past President of the MTCCCA and
past nominee for national coach of the year.
Rock Port HS T&F boys coach. Seven state team titles plus four
other top 4 finishes, 33 state champions. Multiple times MTCCCA COY.
National finalist for NHSACA COY. Fourth among active coaches in the
number of state medalist coached and second among active coaches in the
number of state champions coached.
Hall of Fame Biography
Boy’s T&F Coach at Louisiana HS for 30 years before retiring in 1984,
plus four years previous to that at Cabool. His teams brought had four
top 4 finishes at state, including three second-place trophies and he
coached nine state champions among 85 All-State athletes. His teams won
eight district and eight conference championships. Charter member of
T&F and CC Coach for 30 years with 2 at
Tuscumbia, 11 at Belton, 2 at UMKC, 13 at Lee’s Summit and the last two
at Lee Summit West. His teams have won 22 conference, 16 district
titles and three state titles, one each in boy’s CC, girl’s CC, and boys
T&F. Dave has coached three athletes, Amy Wiseman, Joe Falcon, and Matt
Tegenkamp that have qualified for the World CC championships. Joe and
Matt are two of only five native Missourians to have broken the 4 minute
Hardin-Central T&F Coach since 1980 and CC
Coach since 1986. In T&F, 31 conference championships, indoor and out,
23 district plaque teams and five state trophies including a state
champion boy’s team in 1980. His track athletes have 273 All-State
certificates between them. Also coached a girl’s CC team to 3rd at
state in 94. A past president and a current officer for the MTCCCA.
Four time MTCCCA COY and a former nominee for NHSACA COY.
Boy’s T&F Coach since 1976 and the CC Coach from 1981 to 1990 at
Hannibal. Frank has coached six state trophy teams, three each in T&F
and CC, 18 state champions and almost 150 All-State athletes. Frank has
been the state track meet manager since 1995 and a member of the of the
T&F advisory committee since 1982. Has coached four athletes that have
earned NCAA All-American honors and three that qualified for the Olympic
trials – Rick Cummins, Michael Cox and Keenan King.
Coaching career has lasted 31 years including 2 years at Fulton High
School and 29 years at Eureka High School. State champ at Riverview
Gardens in the 2 Mile and in CC. Was on the last MU team to win the Big
8 CC Championship. During his years at Eureka Mark has coached 15 top 4
trophy finishes at the state level including 2 state championships, one
each in T&F and CC with 73 all-State performances by athletes in CC and
track and 19 individual and relay State Champions.
University City HS graduate. 1980 Olympian in the 400 Hurdles. An NCAA
and national champion in that event while at SIU-Carbondale and was
several times nationally and world ranked. Best of 48.42 in the 400
hurdles, plus 25-2 in the long jump, 50-8 in the triple jump and 13.8 in
the high hurdles. David is currently in his sixth season of coaching
hurdles at University City High School.
Girl’s T&F Coach at Lafayette since 1988. His teams have
won 15 Suburban West Conference meets, 15 district meets, finished 17
times in the top 16 at state including five state trophies with a state
championship in 1990. His athletes have produced 189 All-State medals
and eight state champion performances. Ski is a former MTCCCA COY and a
finalist for NHSACA COY. A past president of the MTCCCA.
1996 and 2000 Olympian in the 1500 meters.
While at Willard HS, where he graduated in 87, he was a six time state
champion and still has the 8th fastest 3200, 3rd fastest 800, and is the
state meet record holder at 1600 meters. Six times nationally ranked in
the mile by Track & Field News and has a PR of 3:55.14 in that event and
1:46.62 in the 800. Now a certified athletic trainer in the Springfield
Boy’s T&F coach from Monroe City from 1967-1978. 156-21 record in dual,
tri and invitationals during that time period with 11 conference and 8
district champion teams. Two state champion teams plus four other top 4
finishes. Three time MTCCCA COY. From Jackson HS and attended SEMO.
Two-time state meet starter and four-time head field event referee.
Charter member of MTCCCA.
Hall of Fame Biography
Helias CC Coach since 1988. Former girl’s TF Coach. In cross
country her teams have won 12 conference and 19 district title teams.
Mary has also had 11 state trophy teams including the boy’s state
champions in 1990 and 26 All-State athletes. In TF, Mary had seven
conference championships, eight district title teams and nine top four
finishes with state champion teams in 96, 97 and 98. Her 4X800 Relay
teams include eight state champion teams and four runner-ups. 188 total
All-State athletes and 15 state champions in track. Several time MTCCCA
COY and twice nominee for NHSACA COY.
Rolla HS head boys and girls T&F and CC Coach since 1982. Spent 5 years
at Lebanon and 2 at Willow Springs before going to Rolla. Past
president of the MTCCCA. In track, 110 All-State athletes with 10state
champions and 2 HS All-Americans. In CC, 13 All-State athletes including
a state champion. Teams won 40 boys & girls conference championships in
Track (23) & CC (17), 25 District plaque teams with 6 District
Championship teams in Track and 1 in Cross Country. Has spoken at Track
clinics, had articles published in Track magazines and Track Omnibook.
SWCCCA 2005 Coach of the Year. Springfield Parkview HS and SMSU
Liberty HS CC Coach. In 28 years as the head boy’s coach, Tim has had
13 team appearances at the state meet bringing home nine state trophies
and two state championships. In 26 years as head girl’s coach he has
had 22 team appearances including 6 state trophies and a state
championship and over 40 All-State athletes. His teams have been
nationally ranked in the top 5 twice and has been a MTCCCA COY as well
as a two time NHSCA finalist for COY.
30 years as a head track coach in the KC school district with one year
at Paseo, 16 at Southwest and 13 Central. Twenty-six years as head
coach in CC at Southwest and Central. His teams won 30 conference
championships and were the 4A girls state champs in 2000 and 3A boys
state champs in 2004 among his five state trophy teams. Over 300
All-State track athletes with 38 state champions.
A career educator in the Parkway School District where he is currently
an assistant coach. After 14 years as a JH track and cross country
coach, spent a year as the head CC and boy’s TF coach at Parkway North
before moving to Parkway West in 1983. In his 15 years as head boys CC
Coach and 13 as boy’s TF Coach and his teams qualified for the state
meet each of those 15 years in cross country with eight top 5 finishes,
two state championships and 20 All-State performers. His track teams
have had 41 All-State performances and three state champions.
Hall of Fame Biography
Harriet Bland Green
Gold Medal Olympian from 1936.
Harriet led off the 4X100 Relay in the
Berlin Olympics that was anchored by Fulton native and MTCCCA HOF, Helen
Stephens and coached by MTCCCA HOF Dee Boeckmann.
Harriet was a graduate of Mary Institute;
now part of MICDS, and of Washington University in St. Louis.
A member of the Missouri Sports Hall of
Head CC and Track Coach at Marshall
HS from 1974 through 1976.
Head CC and Track Coach since 1979 at
In CC, Harry has had 16 conference champion
teams (Note there was no conference meet held for Neosho from 1985
through 2005), 11 state qualifying teams including the 1983 and 1984
state champion girl’s team. Fifteen of his runners have been all state
and include one state champion.
In track, he has had 20 conference champion
His athletes have earned 84 state medals and
include two state champions.
TF and CC Coach for over 30 years
in Northwest Missouri including stints at Gallatin, Savannah and St. Joe
In Track and Field at Gallatin he coached 5
All State athletes.
At Savannah his teams won six conference
titles, three district titles and had a state champion among 29 all
At St. Joe Central almost twenty All-State
In cross country his teams qualified 16 out
of 17 years at St. Joe Central with eight conference, ten district
titles and a state champion among his five state trophy teams.
Year after year, Tom’s teams not only
produced quality but also quantity, as his teams were always one of the
largest in the KC metro area.
Served 27 years as boy’s track coach
and 10 as girl’s track coach at Mound City.
Elvin’s teams brought home eight state
trophies at the 1A level – 2nd
in 75, 2nd
in 81, 3rd
in 90, 2nd
in 91, 2nd
in 98 in boys and 2nd
in 89, 3rd
in 90 plus 4th
in 98 in girls.
His athletes earned over 280 medals, a total
exceeded overall only by MTCCCA HOF members Dennis Licklider, Rod Staggs
and Del Best and included 25 state champions in relay and individual
events at the class 1 level.
He also was the JH track coach during that
time period and continues to serve as an official at the state meet.
Springfield Hillcrest TF coach since 1963, head coach
since 1965 – one of the longest if not the longest tenure as a head
coach in any sport in Missouri HS athletics.
Jim had a state champion team at Golden City
where he began his coaching career in 1956 and coached Earl Denny, a
current member of the Missouri Sports HOF.
Jim has served on the MSHSAA T&F Advisory
Committee and has coached 52 All-State athletes and eight state
Hall of Fame Biography
Began his coaching career at Viburnum, helping them
in CC to a third place finish in 1985 and a state championship in 1986.
Moved to Potosi in 1990 where he took over
as head CC coach in 1995.
Steve’s teams at Potosi have won six state
only to Hall of Famer’s Joe Bill Dixon and Clark Willie, along with two
other state trophies.
His 32 All-State CC athletes include six
Has also helped coach track distance runners
to bring home six state trophies with two state champion teams and
include 17 state champion individuals and relays.
Track and CC coach at Prep North from
1970 until it closed in 1987, at Prep Seminary until it closed in 1991,
and at Ladue until his death in 2000.
In CC, Ron’s teams finished in the top 4 on
six occasions with a state champion team in 1975.
During that time span he produced 10
In track as head coach, he produced 74
All-State athletes with four state champions and a 3rd
1932 Silver medalist at Los
Angeles Olympic Games.
From Shelbyville, which is now part of North
Shelby, Ruth learned to throw the discus in April of that year, broke
the American record in May, and broke the world record in that event at
the Olympic Trials on July 16th.
She also was national champion in the discus
in 1933 before retiring to professional basketball.
In his 40th
year of coaching at Principia either as head coach or assistant in CC
The only coach in Missouri high school
history with a state champion team as a head coach in each boy’s and
girl’s track and boy’s and girl’s CC.
His teams have accounted for eight state
championships and 17 other state trophies.
A thirteen time MTCCCA COY.
35 years of
coaching experience coach at KC Central, KC Southwest, Normandy,
Berkeley and Ladue.
I s responsible for over 150 All-State track
and CC athletes with 21 state champions.
His teams have brought home a state trophy
in each girls CC, girl’s track and boy’s track.
His boy’s 1600 Relay teams have went under
3:20 nine different years and his boy’s 3200 Relay teams under 7:50 five
Also had two girl’s CC teams recognized as
national champion teams in 1979 and 1980.
Hall of Fame Biography
St. Mary’s (Independence) CC
and TF coach since 1978 following three
years at Bishop Hogan. In CC Tom’s
teams have brought home 13 state
trophies with a 1A state champ boy’s
team in 1994 and state champ girl’s
teams in 1993 and 2003. The
other ten state trophies include seven
second place finishes, one third and two
fourth place plaques. His 38 team
appearances are the third highest total
ever. His 66 All-State athletes
(42 girls, 24 boys) in CC include four
state champions. In TF, his girl’s
teams brought home a 3rd
place trophy in 07 and a 4th
in 08. His athletes have earned
167 state medals and captured 12 state
champion individuals and relays.
A T&F official since 1962, Gerald was a state meet starter from 1975 to
2001 – not sure if anyone is even close to starting that many meets nor
anyone else who has been involved in the administration of the state
meet for a longer time period.
He still serves as assistant referee and
coordinator of officials at the state meet.
Gerald was also head track and cross
country coach at Jackson from 62 to 67 and started the cross country
program there in 1959.
While competing for Southeast Missouri
State he was the school record holder in the mile.
Track and CC coach at
Windsor where his boys TF team took 1st
in the 1978 2A state meet and at Herculaneum where his girls CC teams
have earned five state trophies with 1st
place finishes in 01
and 06 and 2nd
place finishes in 02, 04 and 05.
He has coached 12 state champions in track
and one in CC and has had 59 All-State track athletes and 38 in CC.
Has continued to be very active in the CC
and track programs at Herculaneum where he has helped direct the girls
CC program to the last three Class 2 state titles.
A national finalist for COY in 2002.
coaching CC and Track at St. Louis University High. In 25 years as Head
CC coach from 1985 to 2009 he had 20 state qualifying CC teams, brought
home eight state trophies, and had three state champion teams and 22
All-State runners. In 6 years as Head Track coach from 2004 to 2009 his
teams brought home three state trophies including one state
championship. He had 49 All-State track athletes including seven state
Mitch Ridgway 28 years as a track coach and 23 as
the head coach at Mexico High School. During his tenure his past teams
have won seven North Central Missouri Conference titles, 14 District
Championships as well as a state championship and three state runner up
Also 2 "true team" State titles as well.
His teams had 154 State qualifiers, 105
All-State athletes, eight individual state champions and one future
Olympian. He has been named three times the 3A COY and once the
National Federation's COY for Missouri. He has authored a book
"22.5 a Coach's Story" in honor of the young track athletes of Missouri.
A past member of the MSHSAA advisory committee.
Hall of Fame Biography
Truman boy’s CC and TF
coach for 23 years beginning in 1981. In CC, his boy’s teams qualified
for state 11 times and brought home state trophies in 90 and 91. He
coached 10 All-State runners and one state CC champion. As head boy’s
track coach at Truman for 10 years, his athletes brought home 43 state
medals and had one individual state champion. Tom helped begin the
Greater Kansas City Cross Country Coaches Association and served in the
capacity of president and board director for many years. In the early
nineties, he helped initiate the Greater Kansas City Metro Championship
which showcased runners on both sides of the state line. He is a past
President for the MTCCCA. Current coach at Springfield Catholic
One of the longest
serving coaches, if not the longest, in MIAA history. John has been the
women’s CC and TF coach at Truman State University since 1980 and the
head coach of the men’s program since 2006. John’s teams have produced
64 All-American honors and five national champions. His teams have won
six MIAA conference team titles and he has been honored by the NCAA
Division II coaches by the Distinguished Service Award in CC in 1992 and
in TF in 1996.
Monroe City Girls TF
Coach from 1985 to 2006. In those 22 seasons, his teams were in the top
16 at the state meet 15 times and include Class 2A state champion teams
in 2003 and 2004, third place trophies in 88 and 95 and a fourth place
trophy in 85. Don coached his athletes to 212 state medals, third
highest total ever for a girl’s coach in Missouri state meet history.
Included are 12 state champion individuals and relay teams. He also had
12 conference and 11 district title teams. A two time MTCCCA COY.
Over 40 years as a
coach at Princeton with 36 years as head boy’s track and field coach.
His teams have earned six state trophies including two state
championships. His athletes have earned all state status in all 18
events and 225 state medals, a total surpassed only by Hall of Fame
coaches, Rod Staggs, Henry Schemmer and Del Stoltenberg. He has had 18
state champions in nine different events. He has also worked as a state
track meet official for over 30 years.
From Fulton, over 45
years as a track official. Over 20 years as the head inspector for the
Missouri state meet. Probably over 60 combined years as a state meet
official at both the state track meet and the state cross meet, among
the most ever by a track official in Missouri.
Hall of Fame Biography
High School State Champion for Excelsior Springs.
Competing at Baylor University, he was a
four-time Conference Champion, three-time Collegiate All-American,
competed in two Olympic trials and has a lifetime P.R. of 18’9 ¼”.
During his 23-year coaching career, Coach Cooper has trained vaulters at
all levels from High School to NCAA Division I including 7 athletes over
17 feet, 3 athletes over 18 feet and 1 vaulter over a then NCAA record
of 19’-2 ¾”. At the high school level in a 13-year stint at
Excelsior Springs High School,
he coached 7 State Champions, 6 runner up’s and over 30 other all state
jumpers. As the owner of Just Vault, Coach Cooper has trained over 250
All-State Vaulters, including over 30 individual state champions.
He currently coaches the number-one ranked high school girl pole vaulter
in the nation who jumped 13’-7” this past summer as a junior.
Over 30 years of track and cross country coaching experience at
Doniphan, Kelly and now at Cape Notre Dame.
His 14 state qualifying CC teams include
nine top four boys team finishes – the fourth highest total ever.
also had the third place Class 3 girl’s team in 2010 and had coached 22
All-State cross country runners.
In track, he has coached 109 All-State
athletes, had 4 state champions and three district team championships.
Kearney CC coach and former track
As the head girl’s CC coach he has had 21
qualifying teams that have earned seven state trophies including the
last three state champion teams, and has trained 29 All-State Athletes.
boy’s CC coach he has had 16 state qualifying teams that have earned
four state trophies including a state champion team, and have produced
17 All-State athletes.
As head track coach from 2000-2008, he
coached 50 state medalists and had three district champion teams.
One of the members of the first MSHSAA CC
After three years as an assistant at Southwest
Missouri State, Lew began coaching at Parkway South in 1979.
He served as head girls CC coach from 1980
until 1994 and head girls TF coach from 1981 until 1993.
He has been an assistant girls TF coach at
Marquette since 1995.
In CC, he coached 10 state qualifying teams
while at Parkway South with three all state runners.
In TF, 61 state medals at Parkway South
with two state champions and was responsible for 25 more at Marquette as
the sprint coach.
Coach at Deering in the early 60s and at Kennett from 1967
through 2003 in both track and cross country.
1980 boys state champion team plus four other top 3 finishes.
Nine district champion teams and six runner-ups.
An MTCCCA Coach of the Year and NFIOA track official of the year
for Missouri. A long time
MSHSSA track starter and a track Official at 1984 Olympics.
Hall of Fame Biography
Head boys T&F coach at Louisiana from 1987-2004 and head girls coach
from 1992-2004 after being an assistant since 1978,
As head coach, his teams brought home four
state trophies, including three second place finishes, plus four more
trophies as an assistant.
Eleven individual state champions and five
relay state champion teams are among the 128 state medals earned by his
athletes. A dozen conference champion teams and six district champ
Two time state champ in the pole
vault for Jackson HS, a four time Big 10 champ, and three time NCAA
runner-up in that event while at Illinois.
Twice he was an Olympic Trials qualifier.
Head boys T&F coach at MICDS from 94-03 and
girls from 96-03.
He had four district champ teams with five
place finishes plus five top 10 finishes at the state meet.
His athletes earned 103 state medals and
include 10 state champion performances.
Head coach at Lindenwood University from
04-06 where his teams were twice NAIA National Indoor champions and was
recognized as the 2005 National Coach of the Year.
Assistant coach at Washington University
since 2007 where in 2009 he was recognized as Midwest Assistant Coach of
the year by the USTFCCCA.
Missouri’s first native born
Olympic track medalist as well as America’s first African-American
From Hannibal, his family moved while he
was young to LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
He graduated from the University of
Wisconsin in 1904 where he held two school records.
At the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games, he
earned bronze medals in each the 200 Meter Hurdles and the 400 Meter
After the games, Poage began teaching and
coaching at Sumner High School in St. Louis.
Over a forty year career, he was
head coach at Parkway Central, Maryville University and Missouri Baptist
University. He also served as an assistant at Parkway South for
over two decades and coached numerous state champions in the sprints on
both the men and women's side. He was xc coach at both colleges
and assisted in XC at Parkway South for decades.
He was also a world record member of the
4x800 relay at the Master's Level, as well as earning numerous Master's
Seventeen years as head boys tf coach and head
boys XC coach at Lee’s Summit North after spending 14 years as an
assistant at Lee’s Summit.
His boys T&F teams brought home four state
trophies including two state championships and earned 114 state medals
including 13 state champions.
His teams won seven conference
championships and five district championships.
His boy’s xc teams earned three state
trophies including one state championship.
His athletes qualified seven teams to state
and produced 17 All-State honors.
Look time track official and served as a
MSHSAA track rules interpreter.