Galion High School’s English teacher and former head track coach, Dave Kirk, has been honored with the prestigious “Ed Barker Award,” the highest accolade bestowed by The Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC). This esteemed recognition, set to be officially awarded on January 26, highlights Kirk’s remarkable contributions to the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field in Ohio.

A Symbol of Dedication and Service

The Ed Barker Award, established in 1964, is named in honor of Ed Barker, a pivotal figure and founding father of the OATCCC. Barker’s unwavering dedication to these sports set a benchmark for commitment and excellence in Ohio. The award, therefore, is not just a trophy but a recognition of individuals who mirror Barker’s exceptional service to the OATCCC and the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field.

A Rich History of Fostering Talent

The OATCCC, initially named the Ohio Association of Track Coaches, was formed in 1941. Over the decades, it has played a crucial role in promoting and nurturing talent in the fields of Track and Cross Country, becoming a cornerstone of sports excellence in Ohio.

A Storied Career in Coaching

Kirk’s journey with the OATCCC began in 1990 at Chagrin Falls, where he served as the track and field and boys cross country coach. His dedication and skill in coaching not only earned him respect among peers but also led to significant achievements and recognition over the years.

Dave Kirk’s induction into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame prior to receiving the Ed Barker Award is a testament to his enduring impact and legacy in Ohio’s track and field and cross country landscape. His contributions go beyond coaching, influencing countless young athletes and shaping the future of these sports in the region.