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was named the head football coach and assistant athletic director at
St. Vincent High School on December 9, 1964. He was personally chosen
by his former coach and predecessor, Eddie Wentz. Continuing in the
tradition of Eddie Wentz, Coach Cistone became a legend in his own rite,
coaching the young men at St. Vincent and St. Vincent-St. Mary High
School for 31 years. As Athletic Director, the program expanded from
four to thirteen varsity sports.
Coach Cistone began his illustrious “Irish” football career
when he played at St. Vincent High School. He starred on the undefeated
1948-1949 team and was chosen All-City and All-District as a senior
fullback and co-captain in 1949-1950.
He continued playing football and he also played baseball at the University
of Akron while earning his bachelors degree. He earned his masters degree
at Kent State University.
In recognition of the deep respect and admiration the Irish community
has for him, the field of Green Street Stadium was dedicated to Coach
Cistone in 1993.