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Ron Vargo

If you have followed local sports, you have probably run into Ron Vargo sometime during the past 40 years. If it wasn't on the basketball court, it was on a football field, or a baseball diamond or a tennis court or a golf course or the running track. Or even at the volleyball net. And if he wasn't a player, he was a coach or a referee. Vargo has truly done it all. He may be best remembered as a coach. A football coach, basketball coach, a golf coach, a baseball coach - in fact, in 31 years of coaching at area high schools, Vargo coached every sport but swimming and soccer. Or he may best be remembered as a player, two in basketball, one season in football and he lettered two years in golf between 1958 and 1960 at Kent State. Among Vargo's coaching highlights is an 8-0 season at Akron St. Mary's High in 1961, when his team was selected the state's mythical Class A champion. His 1980 St. Vincent-St. Mary golf team had a 25-0 record and finished as the state runner-up. His 33 years of basketball officiating including, 11 years of working in the Ohio Conference and, in 1972, he officiated Adolph Rupp's last game with Kentucky at the Pizza Hut Classic in Las Vegas.

Inducted 1993 | Coach