Circosta to be honored by Minor Pro Football HOF

THE 33RD Annual Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Pittsburgh will feature local flavor.

Legendary Monroe Central High head football Coach Jay Circosta is one of the honorees. The personable grid guru has been named the recipient of the 2013 Ohio Coaches Achievement Award for “leading Monroe Central to years of outstanding success, leadership, fortitude and determination as a football coach.”

Circosta, who had passed the 300-win plateau which also includes a remarkable run as Woodsfield High head coach prior to consolidation, will be feted Saturday, May 4 in the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.

The Shadyside native and West Liberty product is already enshrined in the Ohio Prep Football Coaches and West Liberty Halls of Fame.

“I am very honored being recognized by such a great group. I have heard a lot of great things about them,” Circosta said. “Reno (Saccoccia) was honored last year and he said it was a class affair.

“Tom Averell is in charge of the group which has been in existence for many years. Tom decided a few years ago that it would be fitting to honor high school coaches,” Circosta added. “So, I feel privileged to be honored by such a fine group.”

Circosta’s coaching success is nothing short of remarkable.

He is the second winningest football coach in OVAC history, winning 307 games against only 123 setbacks. He has guided his teams to six unbeaten seasons, 13 OVAC championships, 21 PVC crowns and one regional title.

Circosta’s teams have earned 12 state playoff berths, while another earned the mythical Associated Press state title.

His unparalleled success has yielded him more than two dozen coach-of-the-year awards.

Jay and his wife Sue have two daughters and three grandchildren.

The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Sports Museum is located at 1212 Smallman St. in Pittsburgh. For ticket information, call Averell at 412-327-8586.

Former Benwood Union and Ohio Star star Bob Butts is on the hall’s board of directors.

Circosta has been coaching football for 45 years and at age 68 still going strong.

“I have thought about retiring at times but family and football have been my life,” Circosta said. “I still enjoy coaching and having an impact on young men’s lives. I will know when it’s time to step away.”

Hopefully, that time is no where in the foreseeable future.

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