Scott Dorne’s leadership roles in the sport have left an impact on track and cross-country.
The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) has announced that Scott Dorne, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations for Westerville City Schools, will receive the Ed Barker Award at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on January 25 at the Hilton Easton in Columbus. This is the highest honor given by the group each year to the person who has done the most for the sports of track and cross-country in the State of Ohio. It is named in honor of Ed Barker, who started the OATCCC in 1941.
Dorne coached track for 18 years and cross-country for 10 years at Westerville South High School. His teams enjoyed great success at all levels of competition, as did individuals, like six-time State Champion Krista Keir, who led the Wildcats onto an All-Ohio platform.
Dorne’s service and leadership roles set him apart in the sport, however. He has served as President of the Central District Coaches Track & Cross Country Association and on the Central District Athletic Board. He also worked, on four occasions, as Meet Director for the OCC League Championship Meet and twice for the Indoor Central District Championship.
During his time as Athletic Director for Westerville South High School (2009-2013), Dorne still found the time to lead the OATCCC organization as its President and played an instrumental role in the preliminary discussions leading to the eventual introduction of wheelchair events to the State Championship format. In addition, he is credited for the implementation of the 9th place qualifier to the State finals. Dorne was also instrumental in the discussion to see the State Cross Country Championships expand from 16 teams to its current 20-team format. His leadership style has also been recognized, on numerous occasions, for the strong relationship enjoyed between the OATCCC and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Dorne left Westerville in 2013 to serve as Athletic Director at Thomas Worthington High School. In 2017, he returned to Westerville to serve in his current capacity.