The Klamorick family has had a say in the fortunes of the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls cross country teams for the past few years, and that will continue to be the case next year.

Michelle Klamorick, who has coached the Canal Winchester Middle School teams the last three years, will be the next varsity coach, pending board approval Dec. 17. She also assisted with the high school teams during that time.

Klamorick replaces Jeff Kline, who coached the Indians for six seasons. He was an assistant coach from 2000-13 and took over both teams upon the death of longtime coach John Bender in September 2013.

“I have had the opportunity to coach many of these athletes at the middle school and am very excited to coach them again,” Klamorick said. “I believe in my runners with all my heart and it’s very important to me that they believe in themselves.”

Klamorick’s son, Reece, is a junior on the boys team and her eldest daughter, Allena, is a sophomore on the girls team. Both have been among their respective teams’ top seven for their entire prep careers.

Her middle daughter, Marissa, will be a freshman runner next year.

Coach Klamorick also is a paraprofessional at the middle school and an instructor at Advanced Training Fitness and Yoga.

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