Austintown remembers late Coach Annarella after football scrimmage

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Phil Annarella coached for over 48 years with seven different schools and won a state title with Warren Harding

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s a Friday night toward the end of August — a fitting time to remember a man who coached football for nearly 50 years.

The evening in Austintown began with scrimmage, then there was a tribute to the late Coach Phil Annarella.

About 150 people sat in the home stands at Greenwood Chevrolet Austintown Falcon Stadium where Annarella coached for his last 12 years.

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The tribute included performances by the Fitch choir and marching band, and ended with a video presentation of Annarella’s life.

“Phil was a teacher first and then a coach,” said former Austintown Middle School Principal Daniel Bokesch. “That combination with a personality like Phil’s just couldn’t be beat.”

Annarella coached for over 48 years with seven different schools and won a state title with Warren Harding.

He died in early June.

The Falcons are dedicating this football season to him.

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