2017 IATCCC Hall of Fame Inductees

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Coaches Category

Female Category

Male Category

Pioneer Group

William Blosser

FW Wayne/

North Side

Amber Campbell

Pike

Grant Glackman

Tecumseh

Dave Rankin

Purdue University

Ken Browner

Lawrence North/ Carmel

Alissa McKaig

Concordia Lutheran

Bobby Moldovan

FW Northrop

Bob Winchell

Evansville Harrison

 

 

Brian Murer

Danville

 

Contributor Category

 

Richard Wilson

Gary Roosevelt

 

Mike Poehlein

Highland HS /Purdue

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

William Blosser

FW Wayne/North Side

Bill was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from North Side High School in 1969, where he was a member of the 1968 State Championship Cross Country team. He graduated from Saint Francis University with a B.A. in Secondary Education in 1974 and a M.A. in Special Education in 1978.

He married his wife Joyce in 1973, they have two daughters and Bill is the proud “Papa” to four grandchildren.

Bill began his teaching and coaching career for Fort Wayne Community Schools at Miami Middle School in 1974 as a Special Education teacher. In 1978 he transferred to Wayne High School, followed by North Side High School in 1993 then to the Allen County Juvenile Correction Center in 2004. Bill retired in 2015 after 41 years of teaching.

Bill coached Track and Field and Cross Country for 30 years at the high school level, 4 years at the middle school level, 2 years as a consultant and 1 year as a college coach, in addition to his 37 years coaching in track and cross country he also coached 9 years of boy’s summer baseball, 7 years of girl’s summer slow-pitch softball, 3 years of basketball 1 year of wrestling and 1 year of swimming.

Some of his achievements in track & field coaching include 13 State Champions and in 1979 being the first coach of any women’s sport team in Fort Wayne to win a team State Champion. Additionally, in 1985 and 1986 Bill was the head coach with the most wins in women’s track & field at the Midwest Meet of Champions. Bill feels very blessed to have been given the opportunity to teach, coach and mentor hundreds of young adults over the course of his career.

Ken Browner

Lawrence North / Carmel

Kenneth Browner began coaching at Lawrence North in 1990, as an assistant coach helping the Wildcats to four State Championships (1990, 2001, 2002, & 2003) and a State Runner-Up finish (1993). Ken then became the head coach from 2006 – 2010, leading Lawrence North to a State Runner-Up finish in 2008.

In 2011, Ken became Carmel Greyhounds head coach, leading them to a State Runner-Up finish in 2014 and winning the IHSAA State Meet titles in 2015 and 2016.

His career totals reads as follow: sixty two (62) All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference selections, twenty seven (27) Academic All-State selections, nine (9) Indiana All-Stars, seventy one (71) individual state qualifiers, twenty two (22) relay state qualifiers, eleven (11) individual IHSAA State champions, eight (8) individual IHSAA State runner-up finishers, fourth eight (48) individual IHSAA State medalists, fourteen (14) relay medalists, four (4) Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championships, six (6) Sectional Champions  three (3) Regional Championships and an individual shot put National Champion in 2009.

Ken served as IATCCC President 2009 – 2010.

 

Mike Poehlein

Highland HS /Purdue

Mike Poehlein started his track career at Oakland City High School (IN) in 1952 and continued running at Oakland City University.

Poehlein began coaching at Royal Center High School (IN) in 1961 and moved to Highland, IN in 1966. While at Highland High School, his track teams compiled of 73 wins and one loss and 12 sectional championships in Track and Cross Country.

Poehlein had four individual State champions in Track and Cross Country and a team runner-up finish in the 1969 State Cross Country championship.

In 1973 Poehlein moved to Purdue University as Head Cross Country coach and Assistant Track coach. In 1981 he was named Head Track coach as well, serving both positions until 2001, where he became Women’s Cross Country coach also.

While at Purdue he served as President of the Indiana Association of TAC, two terms as President of USA Cross Country Association and on the Board of Directors for the USA Track Coaches Association.

Poehlein was a five time Big 10 Coach of the Year in Track and Cross Country and served as consultant for the South Korean Olympic Federation from 1983 to 1988, His Purdue program nurtured 31 of his athletes who earned All American status 53 times.

Poehlein served as Head coach for the North Region in the 1986 Olympic Festival; Assistant Coach for the Good Will Games in 1990; and Head Coach for the 1997 Junior Pam American Games in Havana, Cuba.

Upon retirement from Purdue, Poehlein served for 5 more years at Oakland City University and is currently coaching at Frankfort High School and Middle School making 55 continuous years of coaching, all in Indiana!

 

Amber Campbell

Pike

Amber has competed in three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, and 2016) in the hammer throw. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised in New Mexico and a proud 1999 graduate of Indianapolis Pike High School, where she placed third in the IHSAA State Championship discus and ranks 29th on Indiana’s All Time Best. From that humble start in the sport, her hard work at the University of Coastal Carolina and a concentration on the hammer throw has allowed her to excel from a very good collegiate athlete to an elite level professional. Amber is currently the American Olympian record holder.

Amber’s achievements include:

16 time Big South Conference Champion

5 time NCAA All-American

3 time Big South Conference Athlete of the Year

5 time USA World Championship Team Member

University of Coastal Carolina and Indiana Track & Field Hall of Fame

3 Time Olympian as a hammer thrower with a 6th place finish in 2016

Amber is the youngest of four with three brothers that excelled in sports: Brian is an engineer at Bose Corporation, Donnie is a Hall of Fame basketball player at Saint Louis University and Mike Jr, was an All-American at Saint Francis College.

Amber hopes to work with young girls to improve their personal growth and development.

 

 

Alissa (McKaig) Doehla

Concordia Lutheran

Alissa (McKaig) Doehla is a two-time State Champion from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. In 2003 she ran an undefeated season and was the State Cross-Country Champion and a 2003 Foot Locker finalist. In 2004 she was the 1600 meter Track and Field State Champion.

In college, Alissa earned All-American honors while attending Michigan State University and placed 10th at 2006 NCAA Division I National Championships. In 2008, she won the NAIA XC Titles in the 5,000m and 10,000m while attending Indiana Tech where she graduated in 2011.

After college, Alissa began running professionally and was a member of ZAP Fitness from 2009 – 2013. In 2010 she was 5th overall American at the NYC Marathon. In 2011, she was ranked #7 in the 10,000m by Track & Field News. She was a member of the 2011 World Marathon Team and placed 8th in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2.31:56. Her personal records include 15:28 for 5,000m, 32:14 for 10,000m, 1:13.58 for Half Marathon and 2:31.56 in the Marathon.

In 2016, Alissa made a transition from Professional Runner to Professional Triathlete; she was awarded Elite Triathlete status after her 6th ever triathlon and was the overall 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Champion. In 2017, she will compete on an international level in her rookie season as a Professional Triathlete.

 

 

Bobby Moldovan

FW Northrop

Bobby Moldovan graduated from Fort Wayne Northrop High School in 2007 and in 2006 he was crowned the 3200 meter IHSAA State Champion running a winning time of 9:07.00. Bobby was a four-time qualifier in the 3200 meter run at the IHSAA State Track and Field Championships that included a runner-up finish in 2005 and a 7th place finish in 2007. In cross country, Bobby qualified for the state meet in four consecutive years with three All State finishes: in 2004 (5th), 2005 (8th), and 2006 (8th). In 2006 he qualified for the prestigious Foot Locker National Cross Country race held in San Diego, California by finishing 7th and running a time of 15:13 at the Midwest Regional Championships.

Moldovan went on to run cross country and track and field at North Carolina State (NC State) where he was a four time NCAA qualifier in cross country and helped lead his team to a 10th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country National Championships. In college Indoor Track and Field Bobby was twice an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Champion and once individually in 2009 in the 3000 meter run and also once as a member of the Distance Medley Relay in 2012. Bobby was also an individual qualifier for the Outdoor NCAA Track and Field National Champion in the 5000 meter run in 2012. He has personal best times of 3:45 in the 1500 meter run, 4:02 in the mile run, 8:02 in the 3000 meter run, 9:07 in the 3200 meter run and 13:57 in the 5000 meter run.

 

 

Brian Murer

Danville

Brian Murer, a native of Danville, Indiana was a thrower who specialized in the discus and hammer throws. He had top ten finishes in the discus at the IHSAA state meet three times at Danville Community High School (1988 -1990). He had a best with the high school discus of 188’11”. He threw the high school hammer 202’. He was named a Track and Field News High School All American in 1990 in the hammer. He also completed at the prestigious Golden West and Keebler post season invitationals as a senior.

Murer continued his throwing career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas mainly specializing in the hammer throw. At SMU he garnered six All American honors. He finished second twice at the NCAA indoor meet in the 35 pound weight, Murer set the American Collegiate Record in the weight throw twice. His bests at SMU were 72’0” in the weight and 239’7” in the hammer.

Post collegiately he threw his personal best 243’10” at the Mt, SAC Relays. At the time it was the 10th best throw in US history and the furthest by an Indiana native.

Murer competed in the 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. He was the 1996 alternate to the Olympic team by virtue of being one of only 4 persons to have achieved the Olympic A standard that year.

Murer had a brief coaching career; he was a graduate assistance at SMU and a volunteer assistant at the University of Texas. As a full time Assistant at Purdue University, he coached the 2000 Big Ten Champion in the hammer throw and dual qualifier in the hammer and javelin.

At 5’ 11” and 230 pounds Murer was diminutive compared to most of those he completed against. He credits coaching and mentors Bill Bradshaw, Jerry Strayhorn, Jerry England, Dave Wollman and Dan Pfaff for enabling him to achieve so much at a small size.

Richard Wilson

Gary Roosevelt

Richard was always inspired by watching the Olympic games with his father, the middle distance runners were his favorites. While at Roosevelt High School under the watchful eye of Coach John Campbell he flourished as a stand out high school athlete, winning the 1986 and 1987 800 meter IHSAA State Championship and running on the 1987 Champion State 4 X 400 Relay. After high school Richard attended Texas Southern University on a track scholarship where he majored in sociology and participated on the cross country team and ran the steeplechase and the 800m, becoming a SWAC Conference stand out. After college Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army, as a Combat Medic. He was deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he earned the Combat Medical Badge as well as The Presidential Unit Citation. After earning the rank of Sergeant, Richard was in charge of training hundreds of soldiers in emergency medical treatment in combat situations. During his tours of duty, he was stationed in Korea, Afghanistan and Germany. At the end of his enlistment Richard held the positions of non-commissioned officer in charge of the pediatric clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center. Richard retired after 20 years of service and is currently residing in Rio Rancho New Mexico, where he is the proud parent of two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons.

 

Grant Glackman

Tecumseh - 1973

Grant graduated from tiny Tecumseh High School in 1973. His graduating class had only 68 students. At the 1973 IHSAA state track meet, he and teammate Steve Clutter led Tecumseh to sixth place in the team competition. Grant won the pole vault with a state record leap of 15 feet 7 3/4 inches while Steve broke the existing state long jump record before ultimately finishing second by a small margin. Grant was also awarded with the Robert S. Hinshaw Mental Attitude Award at the 1973 state meet. In addition to his state record, he also set sectional and regional records that lasted for many years. His marks in both 1972 and 1973 were among the top nationally for high school vaulters at the time. He took second place in the IHSAA state meet in both 1971 and 1972. He also participated in football and basketball and received college scholarship offers in those sports as well as in track. 

After high school Grant continued his track career at the University of Alabama where he cleared over 17 feet and after 40 years still holds the third highest outdoor mark at the University. Following college, he enjoyed a successful career in accounting, becoming a tax partner at BKD, LLP., one of the largest accounting firms in the country. 

 

 

Bob Winchell

Evansville Harrison

Robert “Bob” Winchell is a local legend. Big Bob is not only the greatest shot putter in the history of Harrison High school but also one of the greatest athletes. Winchell was a four-year letterman in shot put and a two-year starter in varsity basketball. As a junior, Bob started at forward for the undefeated city and conference champion Harrison basketball team, finishing the regular season as the only Harrison basketball team to ever be ranked #1 in the state. Winchell won city, conference, sectional and regional titles in the shot put as a junior before finishing second at the Indiana Track and Field state finals in 1966. As a senior, Winchell helped lead the Warriors to a 51 consecutive regular season basketball streak, and another city and conference title on his way to being named to the third team all-city basketball team Bob again won city conference, sectional, regional titles in shot put as a senior along with becoming the first state champion in school history by winning the 1967 IHSAA Track and Field championship. Winchell left high school as the undisputed greatest shot putter in Evansville history by breaking each of the all-time city, conference, and sectional records.

Bob was a star NCAA Division I Track and Field athlete at Indiana University. During his four years as the top shot putter for the Hoosiers, he won four Big Ten conference championships while being named an NCAA Track and Field All-American Upon graduation from IU, Winchell, and his softball team, Winchell Chiropractic, won four national championships and were inducted into the Indiana ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1994, Winchell also competed in the Senior Olympic Games where he won a gold medal in 2001 at age 51. In 2011, the Harrison High School shot put area was officially co-named after Bob Winchell.

Dr. Robert Winchell went on to have a very successful career as a chiropractor in the Evansville area before passing away in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and family.

 

 

Dave Rankin

Purdue University

David Rankin was the head track and field coach at Purdue University for 24 years and one of the most versatile athletes in Tiger and Boilermaker history. He dominated the track and football field from the time he entered Warsaw High School until he was sworn into the Marines during the 1941 Collegiate All-Star half time.

At Warsaw High School, David ran a close second in the 120 yard high hurdles to record breaking and Hall of Famer Robert Denny of Kokomo in the 1937 IHSAA State Meet. He also, finished 4th in the 200 yard low hurdles and 3rd in the 1936 high hurdles and his efforts on the football field lead him to Purdue University.

While at Purdue, he became a ranking collegiate hurdler and at one time the co-holder of the world record in the indoor 60 yard low hurdles. David was honored as an All-America end in both 1939 and 1940 seasons and captained the 1941 Collegiate All-Star squad in the annual Chicago Tribune charity game at Soldier Field.

David joined the Purdue Athletics Department in 1946 after a distinguished military career as a Marine fighter pilot, Rankin made two tours of duty in the South Pacific. He flew nearly 150 missions on bombing, strafing, escort and fighter sweep assignments. He was credited with downing two enemy planes in combat and was awarded four Air Medals for his achievements in major campaign in the Solomon Island, Okinawa and Japan. Along with his head track and field coaching duties, he as the athletic department coordinator on final blueprints for the Mackey Basketball arena and the track and field indoor facilities. David was known for developing promotional ideas in track and field such as: the field event timing lights, long jumping measuring implement, lighting standers to show participating heights, lighting the track curb and the first to use all-weather field event surface.

Rankin authored many articles and served on many executive committees of the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association. He served several terms on the advisory board of the National Rules Committee. His interested in muscular physiology led to special research and studies in Finland.

David and wife Ann Thomas lived in Lafayette where they raised a son Tom and daughters Annette and Randee.