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Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro baseball coach Chris Scisciani

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro baseball coach Chris Scisciani


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 Streetsboro High School baseball head coach Chris Scisciani, who is in his 19th season leading the Rockets’ program.



Q: Hometown?

A: Steubenville, Ohio.


Q: High school?

A: Steubenville High School (The Big Red). Class of 1996. Played football, basketball and baseball.


Q: College?

A: Muskingum College. Class of 2000. Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education (K-12). Master’s in Education.


Q: Current occupation?

A: Health and P.E. teacher at Streetsboro High School.


Q: What inspired you to become a coach?

A: I grew up in a sports town, with a lot of traditions and some truly great coaches. Over the years of playing, I was lucky to have some coaches that helped keep me on track and be that positive influence in my life. I loved competing and playing sports in high school and college, so being that positive role model for my boys is something that I always wanted to do.


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

A: Our athletic programs attract and develop student-athletes who strive to realize their potential in the classroom, with the community and during their contests. Their experience at high school and in our athletic programs establishes a relationship that will benefit everyone involved, the high school, the community, the student-athlete and alumni. We seek to maintain a positive relationship long after their athletic careers are completed and have them remain an integral part of our programs.


Q: Who has been your biggest influence?

A: I truly feel it has been a combination of many great coaches over the years. There is not just one.


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

A: I was a big time football, basketball and baseball player in high school. What people don’t know about me is that I used to be a really good soccer player. I stopped playing in middle school to play football for Steubenville Big Red!


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

A: When I first started coaching at Warren Harding High School, Maurice Clarett was our senior running bak. I went to one of the first workouts in the summer, and I asked our head coach Thom McDaniels, “What does he coach?” Thom laughed and said, “Chris, this is our senior No. 1 running back in the nation!.” I thought Clarett was a coach!


Q: Favorite channel to watch?



Q: Favorite movie?

A: Step Brothers.


Q: Favorite musical artist?

A: Chris Ford.


Q: Favorite food or meal?

A: Hometown Steubenville Pizza or steak.


Q: Best vacation?

A: Boulder, Colorado.


Q: Shoutout to former teammates?

A: Paul Hoover, Jasin Vein, Jojo Saccoccia, PJ Tibero, Matt Davis, Zach Holt, Danny Filtz.


Q: Favorite motto?

A: There are three things you can control: Attitude, concentration and effort.


Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?

A: I believe that every student is unique in his or her own way. You have to be able to reach out and find what makes these students tick. I demand excellence from my students and athletes just as I demand excellence from myself. I often express my confidence in believing that everyone has unlimited possibilities for improvement and achievement. As a result, I expect nothing less than their best efforts. To expect any less would deny them the opportunity to go beyond the limits of what they once thought possible for themselves. I apply the same ideals and principles my own teaching development.


Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Naples in Steubenville.


Q: Favorite teacher from high school?

A: Coach Stacs.


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

A: Time flies as you get older. Cherish every moment because it goes fast.


Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?

A: Coach Mark Stacie.


Q: Coaching resume?

A: East Middle School faculty manager (2003-2005); Edison High School baseball JV coach (2001); Warren Harding assistant baseball coach (2001-2005); Streetsboro varsity baseball head coach (2005-present); Franklin Local Schools middle school football (2000-2001); Warren Harding football assistant (2003-2005); Streetsboro football assistant (2005-2016); Franklin Local Schools middle school basketball (2000-2001); East Middle School basketball coach (2001-2003); Streetsboro JV girls basketball coach (2006-2007); Streetsboro varsity boys basketball assistant (2007-2009).


Q: Favorite sports team?

A: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins.


Q: Favorite athlete then?

A: Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson.


Q: Favorite athlete now?

A: TJ Watt.


Q: First job as a teenager?

A: Cutting grass.


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

A: Both of my parents: Doug and Mary Beth Scisciani.


Q: Favorite video game?

A: Super Mario Bros. and Tecmo Bowl.


Q: Can you play any instruments?

A: No, just the air guitar.


Q: Favorite candy?

A: Whatchamacallit.


Q: First car?

A: 1989 Chevy Celebrity.


Q: Best friends?

A: Jo Jo Saccoccia, Aaron Newman, Mic Rodgers, Brian Peckens, Ira Campbell, Nick Marcini and Danny Filtz.

1 Comment

  1. joann smith May 19, 2023

    Love that nephew of mine🥰


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