Miami University's "Cradle of Coaches" Selects Retired GMC CC and Track Coach
In a rare venture into the high school coaching ranks, Miami University's "Cradle of Coaches" selected retired GMC/Lakota/Lakota East Head CC and Track Coach, Jason Lindsey, for induction to the 2016 edition of this prestigious collection of Miami greats. After an outstanding intercollegiate running career at Miami University, Lindsey turned his talents to developing runners at the high school level for Lakota Schools.Coach Lindsey coached two OHSAA State championship teams and is the only Lakota coach to have two State championships to his credit. His 1983 boys cross country team brought home the Lakota's first State championship, and his 1984 girls cross country team captured the district's first OHSAA State championship in girls sports.
He also coached athletes who won nine State individual championships, a number unmatched by any other Lakota coach. These individual championship winners were in both boys and girls cross country, as well as boys and girls track and field.
His teams won conference championships for both boys and girls, in both cross country and track and field, at both Lakota and Lakota East, in both the Mid Miami League and the Greater Miami Conference. The first came in girls cross country in the Mid Miami League in 1978 and ending with girls cross country in the GMC in 2002. These championships were won over four decades (the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's). The teams he coaches brought home the remarkable total of 32 Conference championships, a total unlikely to ever be matched.
Long recognized for his achievements by his coaching peers, his previous honors have included his being inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 1997. He's achieved innumerable Coach of the Year honors bestowed at the league, county, and state levels.
He coached for 30 years plus one season. In that span he coached or was co-coach for 120 teams, the first being freshman football in his first year at Lakota. Considering the squad sizes of the sports coached he has in all probability coached more Lakota athletes than anyone in district history.