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