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As a 1970
graduate of one of the last classes at St. Vincent High School, Dan
Boarman continued his football career at Indiana University where he
was a 3-year starter for the Hoosiers as an offensive lineman. After
his college career in 1975, Boarman returned home to join John Cistone's
football staff and became an influential component of the team’s
success as the defensive coordinator from 1981-1988. In addition, Boarman
served as STVM’s head baseball coach and led the team to two state
championships in 1986 and 1989. As a result of his accolades as both
a player and a coach, Boarman was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball
Hall of Fame in 2001. As a coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Boarman was
an integral part of 5 state championship teams in the 1980s.
In 1989, Boarman took on the role of defensive coordinator at Massillon
High School under then head coach, Lee Owens. The Tigers had an extremely
successful season, only falling short in the state semi-finals. After
the victorious season with the Tigers, Boarman felt ready to step into
the position of head football coach with the Copley Indians. As Copley's
head football coach for 17 years, Boarman had a 117-71 record with eight
playoff appearances, seven of them occurring in 1998-2005, and the year
2000 marking the team’s appearance in the state semi-finals. In
2005, one of Boarman's players, Delone Carter, received the most heralded
football award in the state - Mr. Ohio Football. In 2013, Boarman had his second player named Mr. Football and the first in St. Vincent-St. Mary history - linebacker Dante Booker.
17 memorable years at Copley, Boarman decided to return to his roots
on Green Street in 2007. At his press conference, Boarman said, "Probably
my biggest motivation is Coach Cistone. Any success that I've had in
this game, I owe to Coach Cistone. Any integrity that I have, any goals
that I have set in my life, I really owe to him." In 2012 and 2013, Boarman and the Irish accomplished the ultimate goal by winning the Division III OHSAA state championship in back to back years. The 2012 team finished 13-2 and the 2013 team finished with a 15-0 record, the most wins by a STVM football team in one season in the history of all three schools (St. Mary, St. Vincent, St. Vincent-St. Mary).
After a state semi-final appearance in 2014 (11-3 record) and a regional championship game appearance in 2015 (11-2 record), Coach Boarman officially retired on January 11, 2016. Coach Boarman finished his career at STVM with an 89-26 record, the highest winning percentage (.774 W%) of any coach in school history. Coach Boarman also finished with a career record of 206-96. Beyond the wins and championships, Coach Boarman most enjoyed the camaraderie and relationships that he built.
As a way to thank the STVM community, Coach Boarman wrote a letter upon his retirement announcement. Click Here to read his letter.