WSHOF kicks off 2013 football

WARREN — Niles coach Brian Shaner spoke of his excitement for the return of his skill players — especially his receivers. John F. Kennedy coach Dave Pappada was proud to announce the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy football. And Liberty coach Kevin Cylar was just honored to be in the same room with the rest of his Trumbull County peers.
Every coach in the room is ready for the 2013 football season to begin.
Trumbull County coaches and fans gathered at DiLucia’s Banquet Hall on Sunday as the Warren Sports Hall of Fame hosted the 2013 Pigskin Preview.
Chuck Wolbert of the WSHOF talked to each coach about the upcoming season after guest speaker, former Notre Dame and Akron head coach, Gerry Faust, spoke to the crowd.
Faust, who began his coaching career at Cincinnati Moeller, was a hugely successful high school coach, garnering a career 178-23-2 record.
He took over the coaching job at Notre Dame from 1981-85 after Dan Devine stepped down. After his stint with the Irish, in which he told the crowd many times that it was a “dream come true,”?he went on to coach at The University of Akron from 1986-1994.
While Faust shared stories about his career at Notre Dame, and stories about coaching in both the collegiate and high school ranks, he left the area coaches with an important message.
“Being a high school coach is the best job because you can develop the kids into fine young men,”?Faust said. “Wins on the field will keep your job, but the wins that truly matter are the ones that you get from seeing the young people you coach become a success in life.”