A missed opportunity to recognize alumni


The Tribune missed a great opportunity to highlight a group of Warren city alumni who recently returned to be inducted into the Warren Sports Hall of Fame.

While not all the inductees have left, it was gratifying to see those who did leave return for the ceremony.

It was a golden opportunity for the Tribune to write about these graduates from our high schools, who went to college and are role models, mentors and excellent examples of the caliber of people our city has produced. While the Tribune did provide a picture of the inductees, there was much more that could have been said.

Shawn Bryant, “head coach” of the Warren Sports Hall of Fame, and his team did a heck of a job organizing the event and producing a first-class induction ceremony. The 2017 inductees included Mark Brandon, and Jim Gilmore, Western Reserve graduates; Laura Broadbent O’Hara, Anthony Naples and Tom Paolucci, graduates of JFK; and Brian Renn, graduate of WGH; and (the reason I am writing this letter) my brother, Carl Angelo. He was inducted into the WSHOF, not me, as the Tribune incorrectly indicated. I would have been honored to be included in this great group of people whose careers were able to shine a bright light on our city.

My brother passed away at age 57 in 2005. His son, Eric, and I were there with the inductees representing Carl for this honor. I could write about Carl’s career, his all-state honors, his scholarship to BGSU, coaching at WGH, coaching at Southern Illinois Univ., where they won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1983, but that wasn’t my purpose. Carl coached at Dennison, Howard, Pitt and Memphis, but he returned to Warren and coached at JFK with Tony Napolet, his very first coach from Turner Junior High. He loved the game and never saw himself as just a coach. He wanted his players to succeed on the field and in life. He wanted football to be their avenue to college and a career in anything they could dream.

These are just seven people who have contributed to making Warren what it is. It would have been gratifying had the Tribune looked at the WSHOF program and welcomed these “former Warrenites” back to their roots, especially in conjunction with the story of Warren’s Second Homecoming event. When there are people bashing our schools, our city and dwelling on what’s wrong with Warren, this was an excellent opportunity to say just how great our city is to have produced the caliber of students who now have had successful careers, are role models, and whose stories are worth celebrating!