"Hard Work Changes Things..."
...Coach Joe Bill Dixon
One of the keys to success of any team or organization is a great staff! No group can move ahead unless it is made of team players that put the good of the group ahead of their own personal desires. The Wilderness Running Camp staff epitomizes that philosophy.
Joe Bill Dixon: Joe Bill Dixon is in his 36th year as head cross country coach at West Plains High School. The success of Dixon's teams is unprecedented by anyone in the state. His boy’s teams have won 13 state championships, and girl’s teams under his guidance have captured 12 state titles. Coach Dixon strives to help young runners become better athletes and better individuals with strong moral character. His goal is to encourage young adults to make good choices that will aid in a happy, successful life. If attending WRC it is a guarantee that you will be challenged to push yourself to become better in all areas of your life!
Coach Greg Dixon: Greg, Coach Dixon’s oldest son, is currently boys head track and freshman football coach, and teaches physical education at West Plains high school. Greg was a part of two state championship cross country teams at West Plains. He was also on the runner up track team in 1992 and was on the first state champion 4 x800 meter relay team for the Zizzers 1992. Greg went on to play basketball at the junior college level and then came to back to track at Oklahoma Christian University where he was a national qualifier in the 4 x 800 meter relay and received all conference honors two years in a row in men’s triple jump. During his time at Oklahoma Christian he met his wife, Jamie, who was also a member of the track team. They have three children Laura Ruth, Lily Jo, and Judge Walker.
Greg manages the grounds and facilities at the Dixon Heritage Campground and is in charge of the set up at Wilderness Running Camp and anything that breaks down or clogs up. Greg is usually found in the middle of a group of coaches telling one of his many stories on Coach Dixon or about his former days as a Zizzer runner. If you need a good laugh or something breaks down Greg is the man you need to see.
Jamie Dixon: Jamie grew up in Kansas and in high school participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She was a two time state qualifier in the discus placing 7th in state her senior year. She went on to attend Oklahoma Christian University on a track and academic scholarship. Jamie qualified for indoor nationals in the weight throw and outdoor nationals in the hammer throw her senior year. She was also a very competitive discus thrower at the collegiate level.
Jamie currently teaches art at Howell Valley and is an assistant track coach for West Plains High School. She has coached volleyball at the high school and junior high levels until retiring from coaching to raise her four children, Greg (really her husband), Laura Ruth, Lily Jo, and Judge Walker. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, gardening and watching their flock of chickens.
Jamie is a cook at Wilderness Running Camp and in charge of any building projects around the Dixon Heritage Campground. She also helps her husband Greg in the maintenance of the campground and setting up of running camp at our river site.
Tim Nixon: In 1994 Coach Tim Nixon brought new life to one of the more popular features of Joe Bill Dixon’s Wilderness Running Camps - the talent show. Since that time Coach Nixon has emceed our traditional conclusive event (before the introduction of the increasingly popular Dawt Mill Run), the talent show, as emcee “Slimmy Timmy” and “M.C. Heavy T.” His talents have brought us Shakespearean performances and Hip-Hop hoopla. Campers can’t wait to see what trick Coach Nixon has up his sleeve each year, and his performances pull the locals out of the woodworks and make them walk away scratching their heads. Camps have grown exponentially since 1994 and we believe that is in large part due to the Nixon-Dixon connection.
Besides being a celebrated emcee and disc jockey, Coach Nixon has been a highly successful coach. He has taught and coached at Liberty High School since 1979. Coach Nixon has been honored with the Gatorade Coaches Care Award in 1992, and was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Coach Nixon credits much of his teams successes to Joe Bill Dixon’s Wilderness Running Camps. His teams had a 10 year drought from earning an appearance to State (from ’87-’96). Since 1997, after his teams began attending our camps in 1994 and he began applying the principles of Zizzer success, his teams have not failed to reach a state meet and have achieved 2 state championships and 9 state trophies, as well as nationally ranked recognition. “Coach Dixon has been a great mentor for me,” Nixon says, “combining a passion for the sport of cross-country with a passion for working with young people, and a passion for God.”
Nixon has been married to Yvonne since 1987 and they are blessed with 3 children, Camrie, JT, and Darcie. Coach Nixon also has laid down a challenge to any upcoming camper that he can beat you in his favorite card game - Hearts.
Coach Alicia Gunter: Coach Gunter has been employed by the West Plains School District since 2003. She has attended Wilderness Running Camp since 1992 as a camper, counselor, and coach. Coach Gunter currently serves as Session 2 Director and Director of the new Youth Fitness Camp. Coach Gunter ran for Coach Dixon in the 90’s and was a member of two State Championship Teams and two Runner-up Teams. She was an NAIA All-American in the Marathon at Oklahoma Christian where she attended college. Coach Gunter is married to Wes (also a Zizzer Cross Country alumni) and they have 2 children, Jayna and Kyler. Coach Gunter continues to choose Joe Bill Dixon’s Wilderness Running Camp every year because of the unique team of coaches that come together to run off a one of a kind running camp.
Coach Miriam Hill: A native of New Haven, MO, Coach Hill is a 1984 graduate of New Haven High School... while in high school she lettered in cross country, softball, volleyball and track...she was a state champion her senior year in track and was named her schools scholar athlete...Coach Hill built an impressive record as a runner while in college... while competing for Missouri Baptist College of St. Louis, MO; she was a four year letter winner in both cross country and track ...she also participated for one year in college softball...she was a 1988 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Champion in the Marathon ...she has run numerous road races, adventure runs and marathons around the country, including the prestigious Boston Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon and the Wild Onion Adventure Run ...Coach Hill has a Bachelor in Science Degree from Missouri Baptist College ...she also has completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine... Coach Hill moved to School of the Osage in 2006 and guided her boys team to second in Class 2 State Championship. Coach Hill will be co-director of Session 3.
Coach Steve Davis: Steve coached at Viburnum C-4 Schools from 1985-1989 and helped guide the Boys Cross Country team to 1986 Class 1-2A State title. Worked at Phidippides Running Store in Kansas City, Kansas as a running shoe specialist in 1990. Cross Country and Track coach at Potosi R-3 Schools since 1990, the Girls Cross Country team was 2nd in Class 3A in 1994, while the boys squad were State Champions in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007, which included the individual champion in 1999 and 2003. Potosi Boys Track teams were 2nd in the Class 3A State Track meet in 2000 and 2003. State Champions in Class 3A Boys Cross Country in 2005 and 2006. 3A State campions in Track 2006 and eighth in Nike Nationals 2006.
Coach Jamie Burnham: Jamie is in his eighth year as a full-time assistant with the Lions cross country and track & field teams. He works with the distance runners.
An accomplished runner himself, Burnham was a five-time All-American for Missouri Baptist College, and in 1987 was national runner-up in the 10,000-meter run. He holds Missouri Baptist school records in the 5,000-meter run (14 minutes, 3.00 seconds), 10,000 (29:30.00), and marathon (two hours, 26.00 minutes).
Burnham also has had his share of success since completing his collegiate eligibility. A native of Carl Junction, Mo., he competed in the Dallas White Rock Marathon and New York City Ekiden Marathon Relay in 1987, finishing third and 25th, respectively, and in 1988 was 50th in the Los Angeles Marathon before competing in the United States Olympic Trials Marathon.
In addition to his duties with the cross country and track & field teams, Burnham is the Southern Athletics equipment manager, and works for the Missouri Southern Physical Plant as a driver.
Coach Jeremey Goddard: Jeremy Goddard has been the head boys cross country coach of Kickapoo high school since 2003, and head girls coach since 2006. Goddard attended Kickapoo high school from 1989-1993 learning from three different coaches during that time. After high school, Goddard attended and ran for Central Missouri State University. Upon completion of his teaching certification Goddard served as an assistant under Don Keeton at Parkview High School in Springfield and also under Jon Ewing at Kickapoo before taking over as head coach.
Coach Goddard has attended Joe Bill Dixon’s Wilderness Running Camp since 2003 and believes he has learned more from attending this camp than from all other clinics he has ever attended combined, due to the intimate setting with some of Missouri's best coaches and athletes.
Goddard and his Wife Stacy have three kids: Colby, born 2004; Keaton, born 2006; and daughter Chloe, born 2008.
David Hunsucker: An avid sub-masters runner who brings a lot of enthusiasm and personal touch to the camp. David's success goes beyond the road running scene as he is an executive in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Company. David Resides in Springfield and is a native of West Plains.
Ramona Talburt: Coach Ramona Cline Talburt coached from 1988 to 1993 as an assistant coach at WPHS with coach Dixon. She returned to coaching in 2009 and continues as the early developmental coach for the Zizzer boys and girls cross country teams and developmental distance runners for the track program.
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