Calkins' men's and women's programs have seen a mark of steady improvement and feature several individual athletes who have made a splash on the national scene.
In the 2006 outdoor track season, five of Calkins' athletes competed in the NCAA Regional's in Knoxville, Tenn. Ohio's Scott Mayle moved on to win the Mideast Regional in the long jump and place 12th at the NCAA Championships.
At the 2005 Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships, the men and women, led by second-team All-MAC Jason Linton and first-team All-MAC Carime Reinhart, finished third and fourth, respectively. It was the men's best performance since 1996.
While working primarily with the sprints, jumps, and hurdles in 2002-03, Calkins guided five of the nine Bobcats who competed in the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regionals. Mayle - who claimed both the MAC indoor and outdoor long jump titles - finished fourth at the meet with a leap of 25-10, the second-best mark in school history. Accompanied by Calkins, Mayle finished 14th at the national meet as the second-highest placing freshman in the long jump.
Calkins began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Bobcats during the 1997-98 school year. After receiving his master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio in 1998, Calkins served as the assistant head coach for track and field at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. During his three-and-a-half years at Hillsdale, he helped lead several Charger student-athletes to top-10 finishes at nationals in both jumps and throws. He returned to Ohio in 2002 as an assistant coach under Banton.
A native of East Sparta, Ohio, Calkins competed in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state high school championships. At Malone College in Canton, Ohio, he was a four-year decathlete who specialized in the hurdles, pole vault and jumps for the Pioneers. Calkins received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Malone in 1995.