Jan. 21, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fred Barends, director of operations for the Ohio State track & field and cross country program, was recognized with the prestigious Contributor Award by the Ohio Track and Field and Cross Country Officials Association (OT&F&CCOA) at an awards banquet on Jan. 15. The Contributor Award honors outstanding individuals every year that have made a positive contribution to the sports of track and field and/or cross country in the state of Ohio.
“Recipients of the Contributor Award exemplify the highest standards of moral character, ethical conduct and sportsmanship,” Tom Eaton, past president of the OT&F&CCOA said. “Fred Barends has exceeded all of these requirements and the OT&F&CCOA is proud to award Fred our Contributor Award for his outstanding commitment to achieving strong athletic programs and academic excellence.”
Barends joined the Ohio State program in 2011, where he works closely with alumni and assists all squads in numerous administrative capacities. He is responsible for managing all home meets for the Buckeyes and all aspects of the annual Jesse Owens Track & Field Classic.
Barends has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level with stops at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Otterbein University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Capital University. He has coached a total of 43 First Team All-Americans and four NCAA individual champions, won seven team league championships and earned seven U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional coach of the year awards. He served as USTFCCCA treasurer for six years and was a member of its executive board during that time. He is also a USATF Level II certified sprints and jumps coach and was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
A native of Columbus, Barends and his wife, Rachel, live in Bexley and have three children: Hannah, Peter and Parker. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1983 with a degree in history and earned a degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985. While at Kenyon, he set nine indoor and outdoor school records as a sprint and relay specialist for the track and field team.