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Quisno joins Ohio High School Football Coaches HOF

Gary Quisno has joined an elite list of area coaches who are members of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Staff
Jul 10, 2013

 The 1972 Port Clinton graduate was inducted June 21 in Columbus for his accomplishments in 33 years of coaching, 29 at Oak Harbor and two each at Danbury and Perkins.   

“It’s humbling to be selected, especially to be inducted with my family, friends, assistant coaches and former players at the event. It was a special night” Qusino said.   

He compiled a record of 254 wins and 95 losses in his career, which was the culmination of a dream come true.   

“I thought about being a football coach ever since I was in junior high. After high school, I went to Miami University, the cradle of coaches, and I was fortunate to play on teams that had a 32-1-1 record in my three years as a tight end,” Quisno said. “My coaches were Bill Mallory my freshman and sophomore seasons, and Dick Crum the junior and senior years, Both had Sandusky connections. Bill was a graduate and Dick an assistant coach.   

“I was also very fortunate to have a great group of guys to work with in my assistant coaches and also some great young men on the teams I had. Football has been very good to me.”   

Quisno was an assistant at Danbury for one season, then was named the head coach of the program at the age of 22.

He guided the Lakers to a 8-2 record in 1977, which equals the best single-season record at the school in the last 50 years.   

Quisno’s 1984 Oak Harbor team went 10-0, but failed to qualify for the playoffs. His Rocket team in 2006 rolled up a glossy 13-1 mark and reached the state semifinals in Division IV.   

Overall, Quisno led his teams to the playoffs on nine occasions, eight at Oak Harbor and one with Perkins.   

After two years coaching the Pirates in 2008 and 2009, he left the coaching ranks and begins his sixth year as assistant principal in the Perkins school system and is also an assistant on head coach Jason Zeigler’s football team.   

Among the area coaches in the HOF are former Sandusky coaches Ben Wilson (1977), Earle Bruce (1992) and Larry Cook (2002), as well as former Huron coaches Tony Munafo (1994) and Paul Green (2002).   

Paul Mentis of Vermilion (1997), Paul Nestor of New London (2003), Steve Ringholz of Monroeville (2008) and Jim Whittington (Milan and Edison) in 2009 round out the area list.  

The HOF began in 1970 and includes 259 inductees.



Very much deserved. Coach Quisno is a class act.