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Jeffrey A. Janiga

Without a doubt, purple and white runs in the bloodstream of Jeff Janiga. A product of Barberton Little League, Babe Ruth baseball and Highland Junior High sports, he went on to start three years at guard for Hall of Fame Coach Jack Greynolds and three years as a shortstop in baseball. Janiga left Barberton long enough to earn his degree in education at Kent State University before returning to his alma mater in 1978 as a teacher and assistant coach in football, basketball and baseball. One year later he accepted the challenge of coaching the Lady Magics basketball team which he guided to the state finals in his rookie year. Janiga¹s proudest moment as a coach came in 1983 when his team topped the final UPI state poll. The Lady Magics won 27 consecutive games before bowing to Shelby in the state final. Janiga¹s performance earned him UPI Ohio Coach of the Year honors. Ironically, Kelly Stacey, who played for Janiga from 1984-87, is also being inducted this evening. Janiga was voted Summit County Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1994 and the Akron Touchdown Club voted him Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990. He ended a distinguished career in 1997 with a record of 347 wins and 100 losses. During Janiga¹s 19-year tenure he guided the Lady Magics to three Metro League Championships, 13 sectional titles, seven district titles, two regional championships and twice was runner-up in the state finals. He was just the 12th coach in Ohio high school girl¹s basketball to pass the 300 victory mark. In 1991 Janiga was inducted into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1998 | Coach