2015 Walsh Jesuit Cross Country
||Robert Bechtel Jr.
||Michael Indriolo (Statistician)
||Brendan Myer (Statistician)
||Andrew Myers (Statistician)
||Kyle Neff (Captain)
||Jack Titgemeier (Captain)
Head Coach: Pat Ritchie
Assistant Coaches: David Lee '87, Steve Guba ’98, Tony Dipre ‘06
Athletic Director: Barb Salata
Principal: Mark Hassman
Head Trainer: Mark Herbele
Director of Transportation: Steve Neal
Field Maintenance Coordinator: Joe Petzker '85
Technology Support: Matt Long, Mark Schweter, Carol Peter
Booster Club Liaison: Brett Neff ‘89
Concession Stand Coordinator: Ken Krajewski
Tomahawk Meet Manager: Patty Ritchie
Tomahawk Run Finish Line Coordinator: Jim Sigmund '99
Head Coach: Patrick Ritchie
Coach Ritchie has been the head men’s cross country coach at Walsh Jesuit High School since 1980. Under Coach Ritchie’s direction, Warrior cross country teams have qualified for the state meet 23 times, winning two state titles and finishing second five times. He has also been the Walsh Jesuit men’s head track & field coach since 1999, after 18 seasons as an assistant coach for the Warriors. In addition, Coach Ritchie is a member of the Walsh Jesuit Mathematics Department and has taught Algebra I, Algebra II, and Algebra II with Trigonometry.
Coach Ritchie obtained a master's degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College in December of 1999. While earning an education degree at The University of Akron, Coach Ritchie won four varsity letters in cross country and three varsity letters in track & field and captained the cross country team his senior year. He also competed in three N.C.A.A. national cross country meets and one N.C.A.A. national track & field meet for the Zips. Coach Ritchie earned two varsity letters in cross country and two varsity letters in track & field while attending Tallmadge High School. In addition, Coach Ritchie is a member of the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches, the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association, USA Track & Field and the Summit Athletic Running Club. Furthermore, Coach Ritchie has earned Level One Certification from USA Track & Field for the sports of track and field, cross country, and long distance running. Finally, in 2013, Coach Ritchie was inducted into the O.A.T.C.C.C.’s Hall of Fame.
Coach Ritchie and his wife Patricia live in a 172-year-old farmhouse located in the Village of Silver Lake. Their son Porter is a 2009 graduate of Walsh Jesuit and a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University. This past summer, Coach Ritchie and his wife celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.
Assistant Coach: David J. Lee
Coach Lee, a graduate of the class of 1987, has been teaching and coaching at Walsh Jesuit since 2004. He has taught in different places around the world, including one year in Japan, three and a half in Africa, and three at a local public high school. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe, where he taught English and helped local cooperatives secure finances to start up small businesses. After his service, he gave educational tours in Yellowstone National Park, summer and winter, for three years. Coach Lee teaches the Advanced Placement Senior English and World Literature classes. He received a B.A. in English literature and history from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kent State University. He is currently working on a second master's degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric at Kent State University.
Coach Lee, though not on the varsity, was a member of the 1984 Cross Country State Championship team. He also competed in two regional meets and was a senior captain for Coach Ritchie in 1986.
When he is not teaching or coaching, Coach Lee does remodeling work on Saturdays and over the summer. In fact, he built an addition for his parents to say thank for all that they have done for him throughout his life. In his spare time, when he can find some, he enjoys running, cycling, kayaking, backpacking, traveling, and working on his own home in Stow.
Assistant Coach: Steve Guba
Coach Guba is a 1998 graduate of Walsh Jesuit. He ran for Coach Ritchie, four seasons of cross country, three seasons of track, and remembers when the old home course ran across the front yard along Wyoga Lake Rd. He ran recreationally at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He finished his education with a Master's in Engineering at The Ohio State University (2005).
He lives in West Akron (just a half mile up the hill from Sand Run) and works at Goodyear by day in Tire Testing and travels to cold places to test tires in the snow. He has ran six marathons (Cleveland 2001, God's Country 2007, Glass City 2010, Akron 2010, Boston 2011, and Philadelphia 2012), the Collegiate Peaks-25 miler, Buckeye 50K trail race, and two 200-mile team relays (Hood to Coast, Bourbon Chase). His favorite trails are Plateau Trail and Salt Run. This will be his seventh year as member of the Running Warrior coaching staff. When not working, running, or coaching, he enjoys working on his house, working on his little summer cottage, and (time-permitting) relaxing with a good book.
Assistant Coach: Tony Dipre
Coach Dipre is a 2006 graduate of Walsh Jesuit. As a Running Warrior, he ran four seasons of cross country and track and field under Coach Ritchie. Although not on the varsity squad as a freshman, Tony was part of the 2002 Cross Country State Championship team. As a junior, Tony helped lead the Warriors to a 2nd place finish at the state meet. Tony anchored the state championship 4x800meter relay team his senior year, and currently holds the Walsh Jesuit school record in the 800meters. He served as a cross-country and track and field captain his senior year for Coach Ritchie.
Coach Dipre graduated magna cum laude from Allegheny College in 2011, earning his B.A. in Religious Studies & Neuroscience. While at Allegheny, he continued competing in cross country and track and field. During his collegiate career, he ran at 3 NCAA National Championships in XC and 4 NCAA National Championships in T&F. Tony graduated a 4-time NCAA Division III All-American, which included a national championship in the distance medley relay in 2011, and left as the school record holder in the mile. He also was awarded 1st Team Capitol One/COSIDA Academic All-American his senior year.
This is Coach Dipre’s fourth year as an assistant coach for the Running Warriors. Along with assisting the cross country and track programs, he is beginning his third year as a full-time teacher at Walsh Jesuit as a member of the theology department. Coach Dipre is USTFCCA Technical Coaching certified, as well as a member of the OAT & CCC. He is honored and humbled at being able to continue playing an active role within the Walsh Jesuit Cross Country team, as well as the broader Walsh Jesuit community.
Lastly, Coach Dipre recently married his long-time girlfriend and high sweetheart, Hillary Bedell, and he wishes to express his gratitude toward his wife for all her love and support, especially in allowing him to spend countless hours after school and on the weekends coaching Walsh Jesuit XC & TF.
The men’s cross country team placed 14th out of 26 teams at the Galion Invitational this past weekend. Gavin Gronowski paced the Maroon and Gold with a 39th place individual finish. The Running Warriors will travel to Rochester, NY in two weeks to compete in the McQuaid Invitational. Click below for complete meet results.
The men's cross country team placed 6th out of 18 teams at the Tomahawk Run on Saturday. Sam Miller paced the Warriors with a 13th place individual finish. The Running Warriors travel south next weekend to compete in the Galion Invitational. Complete meet results can be found on Baum’s Page. http://www.baumspage.com/cc/ccevent.php?peventid=6&table=C
Sam Miller placed 7th to lead Running Warriors to 3rd place team finish at Panther Run. Complete results can be found on Baum's Page. http://www.baumspage.com/cc/ccevent.php?peventid=82&table=C