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A pair of highly successful coaches and two longtime officials are making selections for the Siena Class Hall of Fame Athletic Conference in Ohio Valley in 2022.

Legendary baseball / football coach Magnolia High Dave Cisar and football coach Terry Depew of The Linsly School will be joined by basketball official Mike Coyne and baseball referee Ed DiBacco.

These four will be awarded later this year at the 18th annual OVAC launch ceremony on 13 August.

The event was relocated to Belmont College west of St. Clairsville due to construction planned at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group. The “Hall” and OVAC Museum are located in WesBanco Arena.

Next week this year ‘s selections in “Legends of OVAC schools” the category will be announced. Those individuals who played or coached before the beginning of OVAC (1943) or before their school joined the conference will also be awarded at the HOF banquet.

Previously reported HOF participants include Dr. Diana Vargo (OVAC ‘Family’); Henry “hen” Healy (OVAC ‘Contributor’); Seth Staskey (media); Jim Capito of Bellaire and Roger Holdinsky of Moundsville (1950s); Bob Bruney of Martins Ferry and Gary “Tony” Marvin of Wheeling (1960s); Courtney Snyder of Steubenville and Richard Summers of Sistersville (1970s); Lori Heady of the Buckeye Trail and Jeff Woofter of Oak Glen (80s); Darin Ford of Cambridge and Curtis McGee of Wheeling Central (1990s); DJ Duke of River and Stephanie Morgan of Barnesville (2000); and Teddy Jo Maslowski of Steubenville Catholic (2010).

Here is a look at the latest participants in the OVAC Hall of Fame:

Dave Cisar (coach)

(Bishop Donahue High School, class 1964)

The Emperor enjoyed a historic coaching career at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, W.Va., where he collected an incredible 1,051 combined victories in baseball and football – the most in OVAC history.

In 48 years as head coach of Cisar, he recorded a record 893: 440 (most victories in OVAC history; second in West Virginia history) with nine OVAC titles in tournaments or in the main season (1976, ’80, ’82, ’94, ’98, 2000, ’01, ’02, 09), 10 regional championships, one state of West Virginia AA (2006 with a balance of 24-7) and three places in second place of the state (1984, 2003, 2013). His teams enjoyed nine seasons with 20 wins and five seasons with 30 wins.

In 2007, Cisar became Coach of the Year at a high school in West Virginia.

In 24 seasons, as head football coach, he achieved a record of 158: 107 with four OVAC titles (1981, ’91, ’92, ’98); seven WVSSAC playoff performances (1978, ’81, ’83, ’86, ’88, ’92 and ’93) and three second places (1981, ’92 and ’93). He was the winning coach at the 1979 OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game and also coached the 1982 North-South All-Star Football Classic in West Virginia. In 1981 and 1988, he became the football coach of the year for the Wheeling News Register.

The Emperor is a member of the West Virginia Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame (2012), the Ohio Valley Football Coaches Hall of Fame (2003), Bishop Donahue’s Hall of Fame (2006) and West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame (2021). . In 1993, he received the Carl R. Hamill Award from the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club, and in 2009 he was named Co-Man of the group.

Cisar, the second national baseball player and footballer at Bishop Donahue in 1964, graduated from Miami-Dade Junior College to West Liberty State College after a year and was a three-year-old excellent diamond pitcher (1967-69) and a two-year-old captain. The Hilltoppers were WVIAC champions in 1969 and played in the 30: 5 league for the Cisars on three diamonds.

New Martinsville named the road near the sports fields “The Way of Dave Emperor.”

Terry Depew (coach)

(Juniata [Pa.] High school,

class of 1969)

This versatile trainer spent more than a quarter of a century patrolling the edge of Lockhart Alumni Field on the Linsly campus in Wheeling and was also a valuable right-hand man of the Hall of Fame with the highly successful Cadet baseball program.

Depew has been head coach of Linsly for 26 seasons (1980-2005), setting a career record of 156-96-1. This included the first three perfect record teams in the history of a private school whose football history dates back to the late 1990s – 10-0 in 1986, 9-0 in 1987 and 10-0 in 1996.

Depew-coached teams had two long winning streaks – a school record of 26 in a row (1986-88) and then 19 in a row (1989-90).

He led the teams to the Ohio Valley Athletics Conference, winning three different divisions – Class 3A in 1987, Class 2A in 1989 and Class 1A in 1996 and 2004.

The West Virginia team trained five times in the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game (1984, ’87, ’92, ’97 and 2005).

Depew, who coached three Hall of Fame players at Willie Clay, Eddie Drummond and Dan Stephens, received the 1993 Carl Hamill Award for coaches from the Dapper Dan Club in the Upper Ohio Valley. In 2006, he was replaced as Linsly’s head football coach by his son. , BJ

Depew, who brought the cadets to their fourth season without a loss (10-0) in 2011, meaning that a member of the Depew family led Linsly’s football team for more than four decades.

In the spring, Depew served as assistant coach under Gary Sprague in the Hall of Fame and helped bring cadets to 13 OVAC championships.

In addition to training, Depew, a native of Mifflintown (Pa.) And a graduate of Bucknell University in 1973, where he was a three-year-old correspondent on the Bison football team, served as Linsly’s sales manager and later as an assistant school principal.

Mike Coyne (official)

(St. John Central, class 1967)

For more than four decades, the easily recognizable and highly regarded Coyne has made his way around the basketball court as an official, and finally, after the 2020-21 season at the age of 71, he blew his whistle.

A 42-year-old board member of approved Ohio Valley basketball officials (awarded an honorary lifetime membership upon retirement), Coyne worked as a primary at an athletic conference in Ohio Valley, but organized games throughout Ohio and West Virginia.

In total, Coyne has participated in 24 state basketball tournaments (17 in Ohio and seven in West Virginia), as well as countless section / district / regional competitions, OVAC and OVAC Samuel A. Mumley All-Star Basketball Games.

Coyne also decided a highly publicized match with LeBron James and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary v Carmelo Anthony and Oak Hill in Columbus in 2002.

Coyne was honored in 2008 with the inauguration of the Hall of Fame officials of the Ohio High School Athletics Association. In 1990, he was appointed OHSAA Officer of the Year; the official of the year of the 12th District Association of Basketball Coaches in 1989 and the official of the year of the 5th District Association of Basketball Coaches in 2019.

In 2020, he was the first participant in the Classic Hall of Fame for cancer research, with Hoops working at least one game in each of the first 12 years of the prestigious event.

In 1992, he received the Dapper Dan Club in the Upper Ohio Valley for his outstanding achievement, and in 2021 he received the OVAC Robert Dawson Officials Award.

Edmund DiBacco (official)

(Follansbee High School, Class

of 1969)

He started calling balls and bets right in high school and for 34 years (1969-2002) he became a fixture on high school and university baseball diamonds.

DiBacco worked at the highest level in West Virginia, deciding on six WVSSAC state tournaments in Parkersburg or Charleston.

He also had 31 West Virginia sectional matches and 20 Region 1 tournament matches along with eight Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tournament matches.

DiBacco has also spent 31 years working at university baseball competitions, including the NCAA Division III regional tournament in Mariette, and home matches for countless teams including Bethany, West Liberty, Washington & Jefferson, Pitt, West Virginia, Kent State, Duquesne, Point Park and LaRoche.

He was also 32 years old in the American Legion, including eight state tournaments in West Virginia, six regional National Legion tournaments, and the 1991 American Legion World Series in Boyertown, Pa.

DiBacco decided at the 1992 US Olympic Trials in Millington, Tennessee.

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