OHSFCA elects Lutz to Hall of Fame

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 4, 2003

COLUMBUS -- Bob Lutz is going into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in style.

Lutz is one of six new members of the 2003 class that will be the first to have its plaques displayed on the walls of Ohio Stadium, the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The induction banquet will be held in conjunction with the Ohio State football clinic April 25.

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Joining Lutz will be former Coal Grove and current Wellston head coach Dave Lucas. Others to be inducted are J. D. Graham, Paul Nestor, John Dipietro, and Vern Long.

Graham is the other most notable inductee. He won seven small school state championships at Newark Catholic.

At the suggestion and urging of Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel, plaques honoring members of the OHSFCA Hall of Fame will be placed in the Ohio Stadium concourse.

Lutz ranks as the fifth winningest coach in Ohio high school history. He was recently honored by the OHSFCA for winning his 300th game. That milestone came in the eight game of the 2001 season as Ironton routed Dayton Dunbar 43-8 at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

In 34 seasons as a head coach, Lutz has posted a 311-66-5 record overall including 291-58-4 in 31 seasons at Ironton High School. He was 20-8-1 in three seasons at Ironton St. Joseph, his alma mater.

His teams have posted 13 unbeaten regular seasons, made 21 playoff appearances -- second best in state history -- and won the second most playoff games in OHSAA postseason play.

He guided Ironton to state championships in 1979 and 1989 while finishing as state runners-up on six occasions and winning four mythical Associated Press poll championships.

Lucas coached at Coal Grove from 1977 to 1998. He has coached the past three seasons at Wellston.

In 22 seasons at Coal Grove, Lucas was 154-70-1 and won or shared 15 Ohio Valley Conference championships, more than any coach in league history. He is 176-78-1 overall in 25 seasons.

The Hornets qualified for seven postseason playoff appearances including the state semifinals in 1990. He had only three losing seasons and posted a 95-24 OVC record.