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John Cistone

Cut John Cistone and it was said he would bleed green and gold, the school colors of St. Vincent-St. Mary's High School. For the past 39 years, the last 32 as head coach, Cistone has served on the St. Vincent-St. Mary coaching staff. After graduating from The University of Akron, where he was a pretty fair quarterback, Cistone returned to serve under Hall of Famer, Eddie Wentz. He succeeded his mentor in 1965 and surpassed Wentz in number of victories during the 1990 season. Sever years into his tenure Cistone would guide his gridders to the 1972 state championships, 1981, '82, and '88. In 1972, Cistone was accorded his highest coaching honor when both the Associated Press and United Press selected him Ohio High School Coach of the Year. Previous to the opening of the 1996 season, Cistone has compiled a record of 205-109-6 in 31 campaigns.

Inducted 1982 | Coach