COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State director of track & field and cross country Karen Dennis will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, announced on Tuesday.
Dennis joins five other coaches honored for their accomplishments as cross country and/or track & field coaches as well as the impact their contributions have had and will continue to have on the sports they coached. The group will be honored at the 2018 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on December 18 at the USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Started in 1995, the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame exists to recognize coaches who have brought great distinction to themselves, to their institutions and to the sports of cross country and track & field. Each of the honorees exemplifies the qualities of dedication to the sport, leadership and passion for their profession and serves as an inspiration to coaches everywhere.
Dennis became an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track & field programs in 2003 before taking over as the head women’s track & field coach in 2006. Dennis-coached athletes earned 31 Big Ten individual titles, 19 First-Team All-America honors and two NCAA individual event titles. Ohio State, as a team, completed the Big Ten indoor-outdoor sweep in 2011 and repeated as outdoor champions the following year.
In 2014, Dennis became the director of track & field and cross country and led the Buckeyes to 37 individual Big Ten titles, 31 First-Team All-America honors and an NCAA individual event title. This past season, Dennis guided the men’s team to an indoor and outdoor conference sweep, becoming the first woman to do so in Big Ten history.
Dennis is the second Ohio State coach to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame, as Larry Snyder was a special inductee in 2009.