Dan McCallion

Dan McCallion came to Walsh in 1977 and promptly began breathing new life into the track and field program and polishing the cross-country program. McCallion's teams made an immediate impact, rebounding from consecutive last place finishes at the All-Ohio Meet, to finish 10th, 4th and 3rd in Dan's first three years. McCallion guided the Cavs to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet 15 times with an all-time high fourth place finish in 1988. Dan sent an individual to the to the national meet every year He    coached indoor shot put national champion and Wall of Famer Kevin Surnear and indoor long jump champion Joe Morgan. He produced two NAIA All-Americans in 1999 with a 21st place team finish, the highest in Walsh history. McCallion was also named American Mideast Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2003. His final Walsh team won the AMC Track & Field championship in 2012. McCallion was also the first coach of Walsh’s women’s cross country and track and field programs, led the women to a NAIA District 22 Track & Field championship in their first year in 1983. Dan also served as Walsh’s Director of Athletics from 1981 to 1983. As a four-year letter winner in track and cross country and a 1975 University of Akron graduate, Dan was the last Zips' distance runner to attain NCAA All-American recognition. He was inducted into the University of Akron's Hall of Fame in 1994. Dan and his wife Kathy reside in Plain Township.