Biography of Ross Deye

Creator of the PlanPeak Training System


            Bachelor of Business Administration, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 1977

            Masters of Educational Administration, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 1995

 As a Runner:

Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ohio (1969-1972)

            Personal Best Times:         800-   2:00

                                                   1600-   4:37

                                                   3200-   9:54

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1972-1977)

Personal Best Times:                 5k-     15:15

                                               10k-     31:53

Road Racing (1978-1983)

Personal Best Times:               Half-Marathon-           1:11:10 (Churchill's '81)

                                              Marathon-                   2:37.43 (Glass City '83)

As a Coach:

In 1982,  Ross co-founded the Sylvania Strider Running Club in Sylvania, Ohio with Don Briggs. Runners from both middle schools (eventually three) and high schools participated in the club, as did runners from neighboring communities. The club is still in existence today, serving runners from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Sylvania Southview H.S. Boys and Girls Cross Country & Track     1983-1997

 Ross' team won the school's first Northern Lakes League title in boys cross country in his 2nd season of coaching at Southview.  They would go on to win twelve straight league titles.  In his 3rd season the team qualified for the school's first state finals, finishing 16th.  The next year they would improve to 4th then the following year first.  In all Ross' boys and girls teams would win a combined 22 league titles, 17 district titles, 12 regional titles and 4 state titles.

 Sylvania Northview H.S. Boys Cross Country & Track        1998-2010

 In his 1st season coaching at Northview Ross' boys' team qualified for the state finals for the first time in school history, finish 9th.  His teams would go on to win eight straight Northern Lakes League titles as well as four district and one regional title.  The team would qualify for the state finals six times with a best finish of 3rd Ross' final season.

 Traverse City West H.S. Boys Cross Country & Track          2010-2016

 In Ross' first season his team won its first Big North Conference title in six years and qualified for the state finals for the first time in five years.  Four of his runners would earn spots on the school's All-Time Top Twenty 5K list. In his second season the team would repeat as BNC champions.  Deye's 2013 cross country team advanced to the State Finals and received Academic All-State Honors. Deye's 2014 cross country team entered the season unranked in the state and ended up 12th in the state finals at MIS, again receiving Academic All-State Honors. Deye's 2015 cross country team won the BNC for the 3rd time in six years and qualified for the state finals for the 3rd straight year.  Senior Nick Hirschenberger would break the school record twice, the 2nd time at the Portage Invitational with a time of 15:16.

2010 Fred Dafler Career State Coach of the Year Award – Boys Cross Country

In 2011, Ross co-founded the Traverse Area Running Club with Eric Houghton. While the club particpants were predomently from West H.S. or West M.S. other runners from TC and neighboring towns participate in the club that still exists today under a different coaching staff.

2012 Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame Induction

Northern Lakes League Titles:         

Boys    1984-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95 (Southview)

             2002-03-04-05-06-07-08-09 (Northview) 20 total

 Girls    1985-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96 (Southview)

             2000 (Northview) 12 total

District Titles            Boys    1986-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-95-96 (Southview)

                                             2003-07-08-09 (Northview) 14 total

                                 Girls    1988-89-91-93-94-95-96 (Southview) 7 total

Regional Titles        Boys    1986-87-88-89-90-91-92-93 (Southview)

                                            2009 (Northview) 9 total

                               Girls    1989-90-91-95 (Southview)

State Titles             Boys 1987-1991-1992

                               Girls   1994

Coach's Note: My accomplishments as a coach were in part due to the successful integration of the PlanPeak system into my athlete's training schedule.  However, it was the commitment and dedication of assistant coaches, the athletes, as well as the support of the athlete's parents that allowed any success to become a reality.  I will forever be grateful for this true "team" effort.