Wayne grew up in Frazeysburg and started in athletics at age 9. By the time he was a 7th grader, his idols were his junior high coaches. From 9th grade on, he wanted to be a coach. Now, 53 years later, he is still living that dream.
In 1970, Wayne began his teaching and coaching career at Licking Valley High School. He served as Head Track and Assistant Football coach. He then went to graduate school at Ohio University, where he was a graduate assistant in track and field.
Wayne came to Zanesville High School in 1976 as Assistant Football and Assistant Track coach. He became the Head Track coach in 1977 and spent the next 22 years in that position.
In 1984, Wayne revived the men’s cross country program. As that program flourished, the track and field program also grew. Shortly thereafter, Wayne and his staff instituted not only a girls program, but also a junior high cross country team. Both programs immediately prospered.
When Wayne retired in 1999, ZHS had 14 different athletes win more than 30 All-Ohio awards. Three won 7 individual State Championships. Also, during his era, ZHS teams won more than 20 District and League Championships, including Regional Runner-up and championships in cross country.
Wayne received 19 District or League Coach of the Year Awards during his tenure at ZHS. He was also President of the Track Coaches Association in Ohio. He received the highest award given by that group in 1994, the Ed Barker Award.
Since his retirement, Wayne has worked for M-F Athletic Company, the largest distributor of track and field equipment in the United States. He has been the guest speaker in 19 states, teaching hurdles and sprint relays, and continues to do track camps for athletes in four different states. In addition, he directs the Ohio High School Clinic, the largest and most respected in America.
Wayne proudly served in the Viet Nam War and came home a decorated combat infantryman.
He resides in Zanesville with his wife and “assistant coach” Dee Reynolds Clark. They have two daughters, Lesa and Lori, and are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
Presenter: Lori Clark Robinson