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John Cistone 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.


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