CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Eric Hamner is new head coach of OCU track and field.  Hamner, who was recently inducted into the Watkins Memorial High School Hall of Fame, will take over day to day operations of the program immediately.  Coach Dick Walters will remain on staff as an assistant coach.  Hamner will also join the cross country program as an assistant coach.

Hamner was a three time state qualifier in cross country and a two time state qualifer in track while at at Watkins Memorial High School.  He was All-Ohio in 1998 and 1999, setting three school records along the way.  After a standout prep career, he enjoyed another Hall of Fame career at Tiffin University.  While at Tiffin, he was a two time national qualifier in cross country as he went on to set a total of eight school records.  In track at Tiffin, Hamner was a two time National Qualifier, finishing in 10th place in 2004.  He also took home a trio of AMC Individual Championships.

As a coach, he has served as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University in 2005 and 2006, helping lead the Buckeyes to an 11th place NCAA finish in cross country.  Following his stint at OSU he took a graduate assistant position at Heidelburg University where he helped lead the program to an OAC Championship in track in 2007.  

After becoming the head coach at Johnstown Monroe High School in 2008, he produced three state qualifying teams and two All-Ohio runners.  In 2009 he was named MBC Coach of the Year while also taking home Central District Coach of the Year honors.

Eric currently serve as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Lakewood Middle School.  He earned his BA from Tiffin University and earned teacher licensure through Capital University.

"It is my goal to help mold student-athletes into better young men and women," states Hamner.  "I look forward to motivating and encouraging them to reach their full potential in sport, faith, and life."