Ayres Named State Coach of the Year by Cross Country Association

posted Jan 12, 2017, 5:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 5:39 PM ]
David Ayres
Bruins Varsity Cross Country coach David Ayres has been named the Oklahoma Cross Country Coach of the Year for both Boys and Girls teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USFTCCCA). 

One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia were honored for their successes during the fall of 2016, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.
In October 2016, both the boys and girls cross country teams from Bartlesville High School, coached by Ayres with the assistance of Bon Bennett, were named the Oklahoma 6A State Champions. This double championship came after the 2015 Bruin girls team were 6A State Champions and the boys team were state runners-up. The 2014 Bruin girls team were also 6A State Champions. In 2016 the boys team were also State Academic Champions. Ayres and Bennett were the head coach and assistant coach in all three years of state champion teams.

Head Coach Ayres and Assistant Coach Bennett not only led the 2014 Cross Country Girls team to earn the school's first state sports championship since 1997, but have now led successive girls and boys teams to rack up an additional three state championships. So their record of accomplishment goes far beyond the two state championships in 2016.

David Ayres graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1991. After earning a degree in engineering and working in the private sector, he returned to the school to teach chemistry and coach cross country. Since August 2015 he has also taught a STEM class, Introduction to Engineering Design, in the new Phillips 66 Innovations Labs at the high school. 

The USFTCCCA selected state-by-state winners based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2016 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).

Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.

Coach Ayres is now in consideration for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later in January 2017 as the national winners. The full lists can be seen online.

This is Ayres' third consecutive year to be named the organization's Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma since he was previously recognized as the 2015 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma and the 2014 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for Oklahoma. This was the first time he has been named the state's Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to Coach Ayres and the teams he has coached for this amazing record of accomplishment!

2014 Oklahoma Cross Country Coach of the Year Award
Ayres was also named the Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015

2016 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions
2016 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions 
(Coach Ayres at right)

2016 Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Champions
2016 Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Champions
(Coach Ayres at right)

2015 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions with Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Runners-Up
2015 Bruin GIrls Cross Country 6A State Champions
with 2015 Bruin Boys Cross Country 6A State Runners-Up

2014 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions
2014 Bruin Girls Cross Country 6A State Champions