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Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Mogadore golf’s Chris Mossa

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Mogadore golf’s Chris Mossa


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


The “Getting to Know” series was created to learn more about 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 golf coach Chris Mossa, who begins his 18th year with the Wildcats this fall.


Q: Hometown?

A: Swanton, Ohio.


Q: High school?

A: Evergreen High School. Class of 1991. Played golf, basketball and baseball.


Q: College?

A: Walsh University. Class of 1995. Bachelor’s degree in English. Master’s degree in educational administration.


Q: Current occupation?

A: English teacher at Mogadore High School (2000-present).


Q: What inspired you to become a coach?

A: My general love of sports and competition and being around the players.


Q: What makes being a coach at Mogadore special to you?

A: The student-athletes. They have such a passion, support and desire to succeed.


Q: Who has been your biggest influence as a coach?

A: Dr. Joseph Ezzie, who was my golf coach and economics professor at Walsh University. He is an incredible man.


Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your playing days?

A: Once in a college golf tournament, I hit a ball out of the brush and it hit me in the head. One stroke penalty.


Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your coaching career?

A: In 2008, my wife went into labor with our son as my golf team was playing a practice round at Seven Hills. I had to run off the course to get to the hospital. I made it and the team qualified for state, as well.


Q: Favorite TV show?

A: Breaking Bad.


Q: Favorite movie?

A: Goodfellas.


Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: Rush.


Q: Favorite meal?

A: Spaghetti and meatballs.


Q: Best vacation?

A: Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with my wife.


Q: Favorite quote?

A: “Trust thyself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?

A: Respect your craft, opponent and work ethic. Enjoy it or else what is the point?


Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Fat Heads.


Q: Advice you would give the younger version of yourself?

A: Smile more and not take things so serious.


Q: Coaching resume?

A: Mogadore High School golf (2006-present); Mogadore High School baseball (2006-13); Mogadore Junior High track and field (2003-06; 2013-20); Mogadore High School cross country (2002-05).


Q: Favorite sports team?

A: Cleveland Indians/Guardians.


Q: Favorite athlete then?

A: Bernie Kosar.


Q: Favorite athlete now?

A: Nick Chubb.


Q: First job as a teenager?

A: Turnpike rest stop.


Q: Family member that plays gave you the best advice?

A: Both of my parents: Treat people with kindness and respect authority.


Q: Favorite video game?

A: PGA Tour Golf.


Q: Favorite candy?

A: Reese’s Cup.


Q: First car?

A: 1980 Toyota Tercel.


Q: Best friends?

A: My wife Kelly Mossa and my colleague Rich Brumbaugh.

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