Ohio high school football has a new all-time winningest coach: Reno Saccoccia of the Steubenville Big Red.
Saccoccia has been on the sidelines for the past four decades, at the forefront of a program that has produced countless teams that have ruled under the Friday night lights.
He has won four state championships, including the Big Red’s thrilling 12-9 overtime victory over Columbus Whitehall-Yearling in 1984, Saccoccia’s second year at the helm.
Nearly 40 years later, he took the field Friday night with 401 wins, good enough to tie with legendary Manchester coach Jim France.
Forty-eight minutes later… History.
After the game, the Hall of Famer gave a modest response to the monumental achievement.
“There are a lot of people to thank,” he said The scout following the team’s 21-0 win over Louisville (Ohio). “Forty years of players, 40 years of coaches, 40 years of parents, 40 years of true big red nation. I love working for all of them.”
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