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Criss Somerlot inducted to Hall of Fame

posted Nov 18, 2010, 12:29 PM by Mark Osbourne
Congratulations go out to former Track & Field Coach Criss Somerlot
(Centerville Boys Coach 1974-1999 & Girls 1974-1981)

Class of 2011 Hall of Fame Ohio Track & Cross Country Coaches Association

Criss will be inducted into the track & cross country coaches association hall of fame this January joining his wife, Rita, herself a former head track coach here at CHS. Criss retired from teaching and coaching at Centerville in 1999 and finished his distinguished career with a over all dual meet record of 179-1 while winning 208 relay and invitational titles
at Buckeye Central High School as well as Centerville HS. Criss was the head women’s coach when the team won the State Championship in 1980. In addition to the state championship he coached 19 conference championship teams along with 14 district titles. His girls’ team won regional championships in 1979 and 1980.

After he retired in 1999 he became more involved in USA Track & Field. He has coached on a World Indoor Championship Staff (Japan in 1998) as well as the Eight Nations Games in 1997 and the Sports Festival in 1994 but his greatest achievement was being awarded the position of men’s throws coach at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics for team USA. He still is director of throws for USA Track & Field and works closely with the elite throwers in the United States.

In addition to his coaching resume, Criss was also a two time state champion discus thrower at Richwood High School in 1964 & 65. He went on to Ohio University and was a nationally ranked thrower prior to graduating in 1969.

The ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Easton in Columbus, Ohio on Friday January 28, 2011 at the Ohio coaches’ clinic.