By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
“Getting to Know” is an ongoing series that was created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Today, we get to know Mogadore High School athletic director and teacher Steve Lutz.
A: Mogadore, Ohio.
Q: High school?
A: Mogadore High School. Class of 1980. Played football, basketball and baseball.
A: University of Akron. Class of 1998. Bachelor’s Degree in Education (grades 1 through 8) and History (grades 7 through 12). Master’s in Education.
Q: Current occupation?
A: Eighth grade history teacher, athletic director, lead mentor for MLSD and Washington D.C. Coordinator.
Q: What inspired you to become a coach?
A: Working with student-athlete before and right after graduation.
Q: What makes being a coach at Mogadore special to you?
A: Allows you to give back to the student-athletes, institution and community. Keep Mogadore tradition(s) alive.
Q: Who has been your biggest influence?
A: My dad was always a big part of me wanting to become a coach and mentor.
Q: Favorite food?
A: Steak, baked potato with mushrooms and onions. Any good lasagna.
Q: Best vacation?
A: Any with Denise (wife), Staci (daughter), Joel (son-in-law), Parker (grandson), Stevie (son), Leann (daughter-in-law), Sydney (granddaughter) and Stephen (grandson).
Q: Favorite quote?
A: “I don’t care how rocky the sea is, just bring the ship in.” — Lou Holtz
Q: Coaching resume?
A: Mogadore youth football (1980-1991); Mogadore youth basketball (1980-1996); Mogadore youth baseball (1993-2001); Mogadore High School football (1992-2005); Mogadore High School boys basketball (1997-2005 and 2008-2013); Mogadore High School baseball (2005 and 2010-2021).
Q: Favorite sports team?
A: The Ohio State University.
Q: First job as a teenager?
A: Blizzard Trophy Company.
Q: First car?
A: 1968 Chevy Impala.
Q: Best friend?
A: My wife Denise.
Q: Most memorable moment as a player?
A: 1979 football state championship.
Q: Most memorable moment as a coach?
A: 1996 and 2002 football state championships.
Congratulations Steve…more than a coach to our family. Thank you for your friendship over the years.