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Hall of Fame Biography

Dick Cook
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.

Paul Enke
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.

Joey Haines
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 Nelson
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.

Ed Schneider
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

Ray Davis
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.

Dennis Licklider
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 Warrensburg.

Lynn Mitchell
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.

Herschel Neil
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.

Larry Young
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

Jim Cary
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.   

Don Keeton
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.  

Reggie James
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. 

Kellie Suttle
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 American.

Hall of Fame Biography

Kip Janvrin
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.

Steve Kissane
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.

Jim Marshall
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.

Jim Schmuck
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.

Del Stoltenberg
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

Bill Cunningham
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 MTCCCA.

Dave Denny
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 mile.

Dean Hays
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.

Frank Lemons
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.

Mark Kimball
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.

David Lee
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.

Martin Margalski
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.

Jason Pyrah
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 area.

Charley Welker
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

Mary Haskamp
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.

Don Knapp
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 graduate.

Tim Nixon
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.

Richard Samuels
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.

Dale Shepherd
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 Fame. 

Harry Lineberry
Head CC and Track Coach at Marshall HS from 1974 through 1976.  Head CC and Track Coach since 1979 at Neosho.  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 teams.  His athletes have earned 84 state medals and include two state champions. 

Tom O’Brien
TF and CC Coach for over 30 years in Northwest Missouri including stints at Gallatin, Savannah and St. Joe Central.  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 state athletes.  At St. Joe Central almost twenty All-State distance runners   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. 

Elvin Ungles
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.   

Jim Vaughn
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 champions.

Hall of Fame Biography

Steve Davis
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 titles, 2nd 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 state champions.  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.

Ron Jorgenson
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 All-State athletes.  In track as head coach, he produced 74 All-State athletes with four state champions and a 3rd place trophy.

Ruth Osborn
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.

Bill Simon
In his 40th year of coaching at Principia either as head coach or assistant in CC and TF.  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.

Pat Sullivan
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 different years.   Also had two girl’s CC teams recognized as national champion teams in 1979 and 1980.

Hall of Fame Biography

Tom Bates
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.

Gerald Jones
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.

Jim Kasten
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.

Jim Linhares
Twenty-seven years 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 champions.

Mitch Ridgway
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 teams.
  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

Tom Billington

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


John Cochrane

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.


Don Giltner

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.


Jim King

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.


Tom Turner

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

Todd Cooper 
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.

Bill Davis
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.  He 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.

Jeff Roberts
Kearney CC coach and former track coach.  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.  As 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 Advisory Committee.

Lew Smith
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.

Billy Wilkerson  
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

Tony Gschwender
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 teams.

Lane Lohr
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 2nd 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.

George Poage
Missouri’s first native born Olympic track medalist as well as America’s first African-American Olympic medalist.  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 Hurdles.  After the games, Poage began teaching and coaching at Sumner High School in St. Louis. 

Gordan Reiter
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 Level championships.

Kris Solsberg
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.

Hall of Fame Biography

Ron Aldridge
Coached track in Clinton for 31 years as either an assistant or head coach and the last 4 years as a volunteer.  In that time he coached 32 state medalists and 8 State Champions.  He had teams place in State 1993 and 1994 and won 12 Conference Championships.  After his retirement from Clinton High School in 1997 he became a XC and Track official and for the past 18 years and worked the State Meet from 1997 until he began as a volunteer coach 4 years ago.  In 2000 he was awarded the XC Official of the Year for the State of Missouri by the National Federation Officials Association.  Ron also worked for the Clinton Parks Department after his retirement and started youth track meet that he has ran or worked for the past 15 years.

Ken Asbury
TF Coach at Park Hill from 1960 to 1972 and at Moberly from 1975 to 1994.  107 All-State athletes, one state trophy with four other top 10 finishes and six district plaques.  Long time track official and has been a state meet starter on both weekends. One of the meet managers of the first girl’s state high school championship in Missouri.

Vince Bingham
Long time coach with stints at Crystal City, Festus, Pattonville and Berkeley HS as well as at Missouri Baptist, University of Missouri, Lincoln University and Lindenwood.  Also has coached at Ohio State, Southern Illinois, and Kansas. He was the head coach at Neosho County Community College and currently he is the Assistant Coach at Northern Illinois University.  Vince has had over 200 NAIA All-Americans, 21 NAIA national champions, 13 world championship qualifiers and five Olympians.  National Coach of the Year twice at the NAIA level.

Keith Harder
Current head coach of the Ladue TF program, heading the boys program since 96 and the girls since 03.  As a head coach, his programs have produced 286 state medals, second highest among active coaches, and produced state champions in 34 events and have either broke or still hold nine state records. 12 state trophies including three state championships. 29 conference champion teams with seven district champion teams.  Past president of MTCCCA and also served on the MSHSAA TF Advisory Committee.

Roberta McWoods
29 years as track coach at Kirkwood with 20 as head girls coach and the last 4 years also head boys coach.  Three state trophy winning teams and three district winning teams.  A total of 206 state medals brought home by her athletes that include 10 state champions.  She is #1 among active coaches in the number of medals her girls have won.  She was an All-State sprinter at Soldan and twice All-Big 8 in the hepthalon at Mizzou.  First female president of MTCCCA and also served four years on the MSHSAA TF advisory committee. 

Steven Warren
Head boys tf coach at Parkway Central since 1979.  His teams have produced three district champion teams, earned 87 state medals, including two state individual champions and the former state record holder in the 400.  Head boys xc coach for over 20 years, he has produced three state qualifying teams and six All-State runners.


Hall of Fame Biography

Doug Carder
Retired Cass Midway coach.  As head TF coach for over 20 years, his teams produced 151 All-State athletes, brought home 18 district plaques and four state trophies.  His girls XC teams qualified for the state meet nine years in a row, third longest streak ever, and brought home four state trophies.  He coached 17 All-State runners including two state champions.  Over 20 years as a state meet official.

Michael Franks
Graduate of O’Fallon Tech HS.  NCAA champion in the 400 Meters while at SIU, Silver medalist at the 1983 World Championships, gold medalist at the 1985 IAAF Grand Prix final and two more gold medals at the World Cup that same year, Ended his career with a bronze at the 1987 World Indoor Championship 400 meters and helped win gold at the Word Championships later that year in the 4X400 Relay.

Brian Jett
Head XC coach at Ste. Genevieve since 1996.  His girl’s teams have brought home seven state trophies including four state championships.  His boy’s team has brought home another trophy as well.  Forty-four All-State runners including two state champion.  The girl’s TF coach since 2002.  His teams have produced 70 All-State athletes including eight state individual champions, two over-all state meet records, three state relay champions and one team state championship plus two other state trophies.

Sheldon Webster
Began coaching as an assistant at Berkeley HS in 1987 and was part of six state championship teams.  Took over as head TF and XC coach at McCluer North in 1995 and except for two years at Maryville University, has been guiding those teams ever since.  As head XC coach he has nine all-state honors, plus nine conference, three district and two sectional championships.  As head TF coach four conference and two district titles and 91 all-state athletes and six state champions.  His teams have won the 2014 and 2015 state championships.  Sheldon is a past president of MTCCCA and selected by the USTFCCCA as the 2014 Missouri girls coach of the year.