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Bart Pignatelli

Barto "Bart" Pignatelli was an All-City tackle for North High School in both his junior and senior years (1950-51), tipping the scales at 200lbs. He also was selected for the All-Ohio squad his senior year and was named the Vikings Most Valuable Player. Legendary coach Ara Parseghian recognized outstanding talent and offered Bart a scholarship to Miami University. After his graduation in 1951 he packed his bags and headed for Oxford, Ohio, where he earned four letters on the football field. In his first two years on the gridiron the RedHawks were undefeated, winning the Mid-American Conference title and beating two Big Ten team - Indiana and Northwestern - in his sophomore year. In the game against the Hoosiers, another Akrontie and Hall of Fame member Bob Wallace ('02) scored the only touchdown of the game, scampering 25 yards after hauling in a pass. At the completion of his sophomore year, Bart dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army during the last days of the Korean War. After his tour of duty he returned to Miami University. He didn't miss a beat with his football skills and joined the football team again at his tackle position. Upon graduation in 1956, he began his teaching career in the Akron school system. Followed naturally that an athlete of his caliber would enter the coaching ranks, his coaching career spanned two decades. First as an assistant coach for Hower High School, then he went to the head coaching position at Central High School. As his final stop, he returned to his alma mater, North High School. As the Vikings head coach he led the team to its first playoff appearance since his high school days.

Inducted 2016 | Football