CARROLLTON Phil Mauro, who coached football in both Stark and Tuscarawas Counties, is returning to the area and will ply his trade in Carroll County next season.
The former New Philadelphia and Jackson High School head coach was hired to be the new head football coach at Carrollton by the Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education Thursday night.
Mauro, 62, most recently was the head coach at Canal Winchester in Central Ohio.
"I'm excited to to come back to Northeast Ohio," Mauro told The Times-Reporter via telephone. "I've always enjoyed Northeast Ohio and we're coming back. There's nothing wrong with Canal Winchester, but Carrollton has a lot going for it right now."
Carrollton Superintendent David Quattrochi said he is thrilled about the hire.
"I am extremely pleased to have such an outstanding individual, coach, and mentor to lead the football program," said Quattrochi. "Coach Mauro's experience and leadership will help take the Carrollton football program to the next level. A solid program foundation has been established here, and I am confident that Phil will continue to move it in the right direction."
He succeeds Eric McCort, who spent the past five seasons as the Warriors' head coach.
Mauro has a record of 180-110, including a 7-3 mark at New Philadelphia in 1994 and a 76-44 ledger in 11 seasons at Jackson where the Polar Bears claimed three Federal League titles and posted their first playoff win in 2004.
After leaving Jackson in 2006, Mauro coached at Edgewood, Bloom Carroll and spent two stints as the head coach at Canal Winchester.
Now, he's at Carrollton.
"Eric has done a tremendous job with everything and I'm stepping into a great situation," said Mauro. "I'm going to be very fortunate to reap the benefits of his hard work and the foundation he's laid. When I found out the Carrollton job was open, I did my research and the more and more I researched, I thought it was a great opportunity. When I went for the interview (last Saturday and a followup on Monday), it was a slam dunk. I could feel this synergy amongst the administration, the board and the interview committee."
"The new facility (school for K-12) that's going to be built is going to be beautiful and we're in a great league," he said of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.
During his coaching tenure, he has led five different schools into the state playoffs for a total of 12 postseason appearances. That included producing the first playoff victories for three of those football programs.
He has received numerous coaching awards, highlighted by the Ohio Division III Coach of the Year honor by the Associated Press.
Mauro has been married for 35 years to his wife, Mary, and has three adult sons.
He said that Carrollton will be his last coaching stop.
"This is going to be it," said Mauro. "I still love it (coaching) every bit as much as I did when I started out way back in the day at Roosevelt Junior High School in Newark, Ohio. I love working with the kids."
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