Running Hall of Fame
Year Inducted: 1996
One of the top Ohio runners for many years, Jack is still considered a strong runner and racer. He was an outstanding collegiate runner at Otterbein College where he was a three time NCAA qualifier in track and cross country posting times of 15:05 in the 5K and 31:15 in the 10K.
He is a longtime and extremely successful cross country coach at Northmont high school in Englewood, Ohio. His boys team won the cross country state championship in 1995. His girls teams have won the league championship twice and the boys team has won it an outstanding 10 times.
Jack has coached a number of individual champions including the great Kristi Orre, who set 5 state records. He also coached Lincoln Graves to a second place finish in the state meet, and Lance Beck to three All-Ohio selections and the list of others continues today.
Jack is also known for teaching his athletes the importance of keeping running as part of their lifestyle beyond racing. Many of his former runners have incorporated running as a part of their life long after their competitive high school and college competitive days are over.
In 1996 he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch as it made its way across Ohio in route to Atlanta.