XC Coaching History

Don Scott 1958-59

The cross country program at Tippecanoe was born in the fall of 1958. Don Scott was Tipp's first coach. The team competed in predominately dual meets. Larry Lachey was the top runner for the Red Devils which finished 3rd in the league that year. Scott only coached for two seasons.


Myron Haag 1960

Unfortunately, we don't have much information on Coach Haag and his team.


Jack Crew 1961

Coach Crew's harriers were 3-5 in dual meets. Tom Rohrback became the program's first league/conference champion in 1961.


Ron Holtrey 1962


No information of the team or Coach Holtrey. Holtrey only coached the Red Devils for one year.

Jack Prater 1963-68

Coach Prater and his boys team captured the school's first league and district crown. The Red Devils grabbed a district title in 1965 and a league title in 1966. They were runner up in the league three times during Prater's coaching tenure. The 1965 qualified for the state meet led by Rick Wintrow (10:18 pr).


Rick Houseman 1969

The Red Devils finsihed 11-10 in a series of dual meets in Houseman's only season at the helm.


Tom Rogers 1970-76

Rogers and the Red Devils established a 4 year dynasty. Beginning in 1972, Tipp made their first appearance in the state meet since 1965. They finished a distant 16th place at the 72 state meet, but this marked the first of four consecutive trips to state. Rogers team finished 5th the following year. They were runner up in 1974 and 75. Rogers coached 5 all ohio runners and the Red Devils captured 3 league, district, and regional titles during his run.


Dave Carroll 1977-84

Dave Carroll took over in 1977. Although Carroll's teams never won a league titles, the program still produced outstanding runners. Carroll had three state qualifier's in Carl Huntsberger, Todd Hartline, and Leslie Judy. Hartline and Judy won the league meet in 1983. Carroll's tenure marked the beginning of the girls' program in 1983.


Dave Ballenger 1985

Ballenger only spent one season coaching the Red Devils. He gave way to Jane Tollefson.


Jane Tollefson 1986-87

Numbers began to diminish during the mid 80's and in 1987 Tipp did not field a girls team. The program was shut down from 1988-92.


Bob Crawford 1993-2003

Bob Crawford resurrected the Cross Country program in 1993. In 93, Chris Lynch recorded a 17:06 for the red devils which ranked as the fastest 5K since Todd Hartline's 16:30 in 1983. Lynch along with Chris Lightle (17:07)provided a competitive boys team for Crawford in the mid 90's. In 2000, the girls program was bolstered by freshmen Melanie Grim, Sarah Rambeau, and Nicole Rambeau. Grim eventually earned all-ohio honors finishing 7th at the 2003 state meet. Crawford's 2002 girls team won the first and only District title. Crawford deserves credit for his effort in restoring the program and steadily improving the program.


Dave Larson 2004-06

Crawford graciously gave way to Dave Larson. Larson was a standout runner at Covington High School and Bowling Green State University. He quickly had the Red Devils in contention for CBC titles and state appearances. Larson's 2005 girls team won the first conference title in school history. His 2006 boys team qualified for the state meet for the first time since 1975. They finished 8th. Dave injected enthusiasm and built up numbers.

Ron Rohrer 2007-08

The venerable Ron Rohrer took over as head coach in 2007. Rohrer had spent several years as the head coach at Springboro High School. He inherited a talented program. His 2007 teams each won CBC titles. The boys team began a run of three consecutive CBC, District, and Regional titles. They finished 5th in the state that season. In 2008, Rohrer's boys team spent much of the year ranked #1 in the state. They finished 2nd in heartbreaking finish to Penn. Woodridge 96-99 at the 2008 state meet. Jason Salyer finished 3rd overall with a school record 15:45. Rohrer also coached all ohioan Katie Landwehr. Landwher finished 6th overall in 2008.


Byron Kimmel 2009-Present

Kimmel took over a strong nucleus of seniors. The 2009 boys team continued the streak of CBC, District, and Regional titles. The boys team finished 6th in the state. The team featured three all ohioans: Kevin Fink, Tyler Feitshans, and Sam Wharton. The 2010 girls team made history by qualifying for the state meet for the first time in school history. The lady Red Devils finished tied for 12th. The highlight of the meet was senior Katie Landwehr's state title with a school record 18:05.

The 2012 season was arguably the best for the program ever. The boys and girls teams won the CBC championships. Allison Sinning earned all-Ohio honors, and the boys went on to finish 7th in the state in DI. Sam Wharton won the state title in course record fashion with a 15:09. Sam went on to qualify for Nike Nationals and win the meet earning a national title to his impressive resume.