Fred Barends joined Ohio State in 2011 and is the director of operations for the Ohio State track and field and cross country program. He is responsible for managing all home meets for the Buckeyes and all aspects of the annual Jesse Owens Track Classic. In addition, he works closely with alumni and assists all squads in numerous administrative capacities.
Barends has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level with stops at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Otterbein University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Capital University. He has coached a total of 43 First Team All-Americans and four NCAA individual champions, won seven team league championships and earned seven U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional coach of the year awards. He served as USTFCCCA treasurer for six years and was a member of its executive board during that time. He is also a USATF Level II certified sprints and jumps coach and was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
A native of Columbus, Barends and his wife, Rachel, live in Bexley and have three children: Hannah, Peter and Parker. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1983 with a degree in History and earned a degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985. While at Kenyon, he set nine indoor and outdoor school records as a sprint and relay specialist for the track and field team.