Magistro nets win No. 200

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Westerville Central coach John Magistro won his 200th career game last Saturday. (John Hulkenberg/ThisWeek)

Former Bellarie and current Westerville Central head coach John Magistro joined select company last week when he won his 200th game. Magistro is just the 38th coach in state history to do so. “When you coach for 300 years, you’re finally going to get 200 wins,” Magistro said with a laugh…


As time was ticking down in his team’s 29-17 victory over host
Worthington Kilbourne on the morning of Sept. 22 in front of a sparse
crowd, Westerville Central High School football coach John Magistro
didn’t mind that there was little fanfare surrounding his milestone
achievement.

The win was the 200th of his career, making him the 38th coach in
state history to reach that milestone. After the game, his players
presented him with a sign acknowledging the achievement.

“That was neat,” Magistro said of the sign. “I didn’t know anything
about that. They got me. I’m just glad because we’ve come a long way in
this program and these guys are the ones that are responsible for it.
They’re carrying on what we started. Our coaches have done a great job.
You don’t do this stuff without good support groups and I have good
support groups.”

Magistro’s career record is 200-93, which includes a 19-17 mark in
three-plus seasons with the Warhawks. Before arriving at Central, he
spent 23 seasons coaching Bellaire, compiling a 181-76 record with the
Big Reds.

“When you coach for 300 years, you’re finally going to get 200 wins,” Magistro said with a laugh.

With friends and family, including several from eastern Ohio looking
on, Magistro had hoped to reach the milestone Sept. 14 when Central
played host to Dublin Scioto, but the Irish won 34-14.

“A lot of people from back home came up (Sept. 14) and they didn’t
get to see it, but I know they’ll be happy for me,” Magistro said.

Central was leading Kilbourne 22-17 in the fourth quarter on Sept. 21 when…READ THE COMPLETE STORY


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