`Cats travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami RedHawks
Clay Calkins assumed head coaching duties for Ohio's men's and women's cross country and track and field programs in June 2003 after serving on year as an assistant under Elmore Banton.
Most recently, under Calkins guidance, the women's cross country team won the 2006 Mid-American Conference title, their first team title since 1997. The women's squad was led by Carime Reinhart who took home the women's individual title, Ohio's first individual MAC title since 1998. Calkins had three women make the All-MAC first team and one make the second team. The men's squad, with a fifth place finish, placed one runner on the men's All-MAC second team. To honor his excellent coaching, Calkins was named the 2006 women's MAC coach of the year.
Before coming to Ohio in 2002, Calkins served as the head assistant coach for track and field at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. During his three and a half years at Hillsdale, he helped lead several Charger student-athletes to top-10 finishes at nationals in both jumps and throws.
Calkins began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Bobcats during the 1996-97 school year. In between receiving his master's degree in athletic administration in 1997 and joining the Hillsdale coaching staff in 1999, he owned a construction company - Calkins Construction - in Big Pine Key, Fla.
A native of East Sparta, Ohio, Calkins competed in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state high school meet. At Malone College in Canton, Ohio, he was a four-year decathlete who specialized in the hurdles, pole vault and jumps for the Pioneers. Calkins received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Malone in 1995.