Coaches

Kevin Walsh (Distance), Chris Perry (Throws), Matt Somerlot (Head Coach), Zach Kline (Pole Vault), Philip Kirby (Mid-Distance). Not pictured JJ Ramsey (Sprint & Relays)

Matt Somerlot
Head Coach

Events Coached

Primarily hurdles and jumps, but help with all events
Colleges Attended
Indiana State University, Antioch University
Years Around Track
25th year (12 as an athlete and 13th as a coach)
9th year as head coach,
Throws coach of Team Ohio for the Midwest Meet of Champions,
USATF NACAC Men's Throws coach 2008
Midwest Regional Rep for Nike Team Nationals Cross Country Race
Favorite Meet
Dayton Relays and GWOC
Dayton Relays because it starts the official season as far as track fans are concerned in Dayton.
GWOC because it is how we are measured at CHS, it brings out the best and it is the best conference meet in the state!
Best Track Memory

As an Athlete - I PR'd by 26 feet at the Missouri Valley Conference meet (at Drake University) in the hammer throw. I was seeded 14th coming in and I got fired up and threw out of my mind. The best part was that I lettered and we went 1st thru 5th place as a team (I was 5th and named all conference) The best part was calling home and telling my parents what happened- it was awesome!

As a Coach - we have won 4 of the last 6 district titles but winning the 1st one (2002) will be burned in my mind as a highlight so far as a head coach (Middletown would go on to win the state but we beat them head up as a team that year so it was even better) Great things happen when you believe in each other and race to win

Former Track Athlete That You Coached Who Made An Impression
Greg Brown
I enjoyed coaching GB because I was able to see him grow up. I coached him in 7th grade football and kept telling him that he would be great as a "track man" and he would laugh and say he was just football. He ended up being an all-state performer as a senior as well as competing at the Junior National meet at Stanford University. He went to Fork Union Military Academy then Indiana University where he plays now. He will graduate this year with his degree in business and will be a captain for the Hoosiers next fall. He is a great example of hard work and never giving up but also not being afraid to ask for help and then using it.
Former Coach That Coached You Who Made An Impression
My dad, Criss Somerlot was my high school coach (head coach as well as throws coach). It was stressful at times but I enjoyed it so much and look back on it with fond memories. I just wish I had listened more, I would have been so much better!
Favorite Track Event To Watch
There is nothing better than a great 4x400 relay
Favorite Concession Food
Two way tie between a soft pretzel and the Welcome Stadium hot dog
Favorite Track Quote
"Champions are like biscuits, they rise when the heat is on"
What Does Track Mean To You
I think our sport is the best way to develop self confidence. You cannot hide on the track and it show everyone how hard you have worked. I love that you can get better each day and you have concrete evidence that it happens. This is what life can be if you set goals and go after them.

Philip Kirby
Mid-Distance Coach

Events Coached

Mid-Distance - 400, 800, long jump
Colleges Attended
Cedarville Univerisity, Kutztown University, Lehigh University, West Chester University, and Baptist Bible College
Years Around Track
2 as an assistant coach
Favorite Meet

Any Cedarville Indoor Meet. I get to see my old stomping ground

Best Track Memory
Going to coach the freshman and JV team at LaSalle with Scott Marquardt. It was the first year for both of us coaching wise and somehow we pulled out a team win.
Former Track Athlete That You Coached Who Made An Impression
Taylor Knapp
Former Coach That Coached You Who Made An Impression
Ray Lines
Favorite Track Event To Watch
300 hurdles or in other states the 400 hurdles
Favorite Concession Food
Nachos and Cheese
Favorite Track Quote
"Even though you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there"
What Does Track Mean To You
Indvidual effort adding up to the collective whole


JJ Ramsey 

Sprints and Relays Coach

Events Coached

Sprints and Relays
Colleges Attended
Wright State University and University of South Carolina
Years Around Track

17th year as a coach
5 as an assistant at Stebbins High School ('90-94)
3 as an assistant and 7 as the head coach at Graham High School (96-2005)
1 as an assistant at Middletown (2007)

Favorite Meet

State Meet because it is for all the marbles

Best Track Memory
Going to my first State Meet in the horseshoe
Former Track Athlete That You Coached Who Made An Impression
Joe Greene (1996 and 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Long Jump) I didn't coach him, but I graduated High School with him
Former Coach That Coached You Who Made An Impression
Jeff Fansher
Favorite Track Event To Watch
4x400 Relay at the end of the meet
Favorite Concession Food
Nachos
Favorite Track Quote
"Run fast and turn left"
What Does Track Mean To You
To compete individually in your event in order to help your team standings


Kevin Walsh

Distance Coach

Events Coached


Colleges Attended

Years Around Track

Favorite Meet

 

Best Track Memory

Former Track Athlete That You Coached Who Made An Impression

Former Coach That Coached You Who Made An Impression

Favorite Track Event To Watch

Favorite Concession Food

Favorite Track Quote

What Does Track Mean To You



Zachary Cline

Pole Vault Coach

Events Coached

Pole Vault
Colleges Attended
Georgetown College
Years Around Track
20
Favorite Meet

Warrior Elk

Best Track Memory
Experiencing my first bend
Former Track Athlete That You Coached Who Made An Impression
Dan McCoy 110% through and through
Former Coach That Coached You Who Made An Impression
Dave Campbell Collegiate Strength Coach
Favorite Track Event To Watch
4 x 400
Favorite Concession Food
stadium hotdogs
Favorite Track Quote
Good , Better, Best,  Never stop until Good becomes Better and Better becomes Best.
What Does Track Mean To You
It is a life style that takes focus work and a competitors mindset to be successful. In track you will only get out what you put in, and with that, if you are not getting the results that you want the only person you can look at is yourself.