Coach History

CURRENT AS OF 5/20/2017

COACHES – 1906 – PRESENT

Year(s) Coach Notes & Accomplishments State Meet 1st Place Finishes Team Finishes in Top 5
1906-1913     Coached by Team Captains.  No team in 1911.
1914-1917 4 Frank Ward  
1918 1 L.R. Isaacs  
1919-1920 2 Austin Repp  
1921-1922 2 Loyal Thomas  
1923-1928 6 Charles ‘C.T.’ Denton First to take a team to State Meet in 1927.  That team qualified five athletes in six events and finished 4th place (all classes combined). 1 (1927)
1929 1 R.G. Rogers  
1930-1934 5 Dave Bates  
1935     No Coach- No organized team
1936-1939 4 C.C. Van Dyke  
1940-1947 8 Gene ‘E.L.’ Fisher  
1948-1949 2 Howard Rabey  
1950-1951 2 Harold Sheerer  
1952-1959 8 Francis Babcock First championship in a state meet event (1958 High Jump- Al Robinette); 1958 team took 7th in class AA at state meet. 1
1960-1962 3 Ron Brinkley First state championship in a running event (1960 Indoor 880 Yard- Bill Bergan); 1960 team placed 5th in class AA at the indoor state meet. 1 1 (1960 Indoor)
1963-1979 17 Coleburn ‘Bear’ Collinge First state championship in a relay event (1974 2-mile relay); Placed 6th in 1974 state meet (Class AA) and 7th in 1977; First victory at Drake Relays (1977 mile relay). 5
1980-1995* 16 Rich Engel Placed 3rd at state meet in 1988 (Class 4A) 3 1 (1988)
*1995-2005 11 Dave Cleveland Placed 4th at state meet in 1998, 5th in 2005 and 6th in 1995. 4 2 (1998,2005)
2006-2010** 5 Bob Schmidt Placed 4th at state meet in 2008 and 9th in 2010. 2 1 (2008) 
2011-2012 2 Jeff Hartman State Meet 4A Team Championship (2011); State Meet 4A Runner Up (2012) 8 2 (2011, 12)
2013-Present 5+ Dirk Homewood State Meet 4A Runner Up (2016); Placed 4th at state meet in 2015 & 2017 and placed 6th in 2013; 4 consecutive 4×400 Champions (2014-2017). 7 3 (2015, 16, 17)

Notes: * Rich Engel and Dave Cleveland were co-coaches in 1995
**Bob Schmidt and Troy Becker were co-coaches in 2008