Responsibility: Head Varsity Men’s Cross Country, 1st Year
High School: Karen is a 1983 graduate of Maumee High School. During her four years, Karen was a standout athlete earning many accolades in cross country and track & field. She served as team captain for both cross country and track her senior year. While running for MHS, her teams won five out of eight possible opportunities to be N.L.L. champions. Karen also was on the Panther basketball team for three years. Karen was a four-time All-NLL selection for cross country and track & field. She earned First-Team all four years in both cross country and track & field. Karen finished 25th in the state in cross country her junior year. Karen was awarded the Most Valuable Runner all four seasons in cross country and three seasons in track and field. During her time on the cross country courses, she earned four varsity letters, was a two-time all league champ, state qualifier and earned league and district honors. Karen was also an individual runner up while on the cross country team. At the OHSAA State Championships, Karen finished 25th in the state her junior year. In track & field, Karen also earned four varsity letters, earned all league honors and earned seven individual NLL championships in the 400 meter run, the 1600 meter, and 3200 meter relays during her four-year career. Karen still holds the record in the 1600 meter relay at MHS (4:09.5). Karen is a 2018 Maumee Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
College: Karen graduated from Ohio University in 1987 earning a degree in elementary education. She earned her Master’s degree in Library Media at the University of Toledo in 1992.
Experience: Karen continues to give back to Maumee in her free time by coaching middle school track and holds the position of intramural advisor at Gateway Middle School, which she began in 2000. Karen also held the position of the MHS varsity girls cross country coach in 2012-2015.
Family: Karen has two daughters, Kelsey (2013) and Morgan (2014), who also graduated from Maumee and ran on both the cross country and track teams as well as swam for MHS.