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.
A: Swanton, Ohio.
Q: High school?
A: Evergreen High School. Class of 1991. Played golf, basketball and baseball.
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?
Q: Favorite musical artist?
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.