LaCentre of Westlake was football capital of Ohio Tuesday evening as the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation, in conjunction with Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities, hosted its 27th annual scholar athlete awards banquet.
Top names in Ohio football gathered to witness awards recognition for coaches and players from both high school and college.
Local highlight was the presentation made to Bay High coach Tim Jansen. The Ron Stoops Sr. Assistant Coach of the Year Award went to Jansen, who is an 18-year veteran of the Rocket staff. He was one of many who contributed to the success of the record-setting 2014 Rocket season which saw the program win its first two OHSAA playoff games in school history. Coach Jansen starred as a player at Lakewood High and was also an All-America gridder at Baldwin-Wallace University.
Other awards went to:
Urban Meyer, who led The Ohio State University to the National Championship in January, received the Lee Tressel College Coach-of-the Year award. In his third season as Ohio State’s head football coach, Meyer led his squad to the school’s eighth national championship. Under his tutelage, Ohio State is 38-3 in the Big Ten Conference and also secured the Conference title during the 2014 season.
Additionally, the event honored a number of local college and high school outstanding football scholar-athletes.
Paul Brown High School Coach of the Year Award was shared by Joe Schaefer of Div. IV champ Benedictine High and Rick Finotti of Div. I champ St. Edward High.
The Joe Fogg Memorial Award went to Kevin Burke of Mt. Union College, who led the St. Edward High football team to the 2010 state championship, and Cardale Jones of Ohio State by way of Glenville High.
Local Scholar-Athlete Award Winners included:
Christopher Maxwell of Avon, Tre’von Story of Glenville, St. Edward state 2014 state champion team members Andrew Dowell and Frank Geib, and Michael Matthews of St. Ignatius.
Other highlights of the evening included featured speaker Oliver Luck, Distinguished American Award Winner Jim Tressel, now President Youngstown State, and the Dino Lucarelli Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to former Cleveland Browns star Reggie Langhorne.