About 40 gather to check in on Princeton football coaching legend Pat Mancuso

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About 40 gather to check in on Princeton football coaching legend Pat Mancuso, 92.

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

More than 60 years ago, Pat Mancuso was coaching football at his alma mater, Leetonia, in northeast Ohio.

For many coaches, coaching at your former high school in a small town would be a comfortable niche, but Mancuso had his eye on the Youngstown Boardman job and decided he needed experience at a bigger program to help close the deal, so he moved clear across the state in 1960 to coach at Princeton.

What was supposed to be a steppingstone grew roots.


Mancuso spent the next 37 years with the Vikings, winning 305 games and big-school state championships in 1978, 1983 and 1987. That development was celebrated Friday at a luncheon in a tent-topped, wood-walled, outdoor patio with generous open windows at the Century Inn in Woodlawn.

Pat Mancuso chats with several former players before a luncheon honoring him and several other former Princeton coaches at the Century Inn in Woodlawn.

Close to 40 folks - former players and students and current Princeton administrators - were on hand to basically check in with Mancuso, now 92. There was no set program or toasts or formality,  just guys standing around or sitting at round tables trading memories and catching up.

Former assistants coaches Ron Corradini, who turned 84 on Friday, Don Wolnik, Mike Corson and Scott Miltenberger also were on hand for the event, organized by 1971 Princeton graduate Dan Starkey and 1972 graduate Greg Sewell to honor the impact those men had on the lives on hundreds of Vikings.

The centerpiece, however, was Mancuso, who now lives in Hamilton with his wife, Ernie.

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"It was just time to get together and honor them for all they did for all of the students who walked through those doors - for everything they've done for us," Sewell said.

Added Starkey, "My mom was in the hospital a lot when I was growing up. Coach Mancuso got me a job at an apartment complex, cutting grass and things like that. Coach Corradini used to give me a ride home because he knew my Dad was busy with Mom."