CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Coach John Cullen returns to the Canfield sideline this season. He spent twenty-eight years as the Cardinal head coach leading Canfield to 433 wins. During his career as a head coach (at Badger, Brookfield, Canfield, South Range), his teams won 597 games and ranks among the Top-20 all-time in victories in the state of Ohio.

“ We’re really looking forward to coaching a very young but talented group,” says Cullen. “With only one player with any starts and another with some limited experience we have big challenges to face. We [believe] if we can mature quickly we have a chance to be very relevant in the Division 2 picture this year.”

The Cardinals lone returning starter is 6’6 junior Jake Schneider 6’6. A year ago, Schneider averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Dom Cruz (3.8 ppg) appears to be a quality shooting option for the Cardinals after draining 38.2% of his three-point attempts last season. The roster will be rounded out by senior forward Ryan Schneider (2.7 ppg), Drew Rostec, Tony Russo, Sam Castanova, Ben Phillips, Bryce Roberts, Parker Julian, Nico Biondillo and sophomores Ben Weaver, Angelo Delucia, Drew Shapiro, Ray McCune, Jake Delisio and Graham Heikkinen.

“We’re looking for leadership,” says coach Cullen. “That must emerge. We’ll need Tony Russo and Dom Cruz to be big factors. Our race to maturity will be critical for our success. These guys are hungry and we’re betting on them to answer the challenges as we’re looking to battle for the league and district titles.”

Canfield is set to open play against Marlington on November 25.

Canfield Cardinals
Fast Facts
Head Coach: John Cullen
2021-22 Record: 11-13 (3-5), T-3rd place in AAC
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Louisville, 53-49, in the Sectional Final
Last 5-Years: 64-58 (52.5%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 56.5
Scoring Defense: 55.5
Rebounding: 29.2
Free Throw Percentage: 59.4%
Three-Point Percentage: 32.7%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Jake Grdic, 17.3
Rebounding: Jake Grdic, 6.2
Assists: Ryan Petro, 4.4
Free Throw Percentage: Dylan Shapiro, 79.2%
Three-Point Percentage: Harry Slaven, 40.8%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 25 – at Marlington
Nov. 29 – at Lakeview
Dec. 6 – at East
Dec. 10 – vs. Mentor (United Way Classic)
Dec. 13 – Ursuline
Dec. 16 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 23 – at Poland
Dec. 27 – West Branch
Dec. 28 – vs. River (Toronto’s Todd Kalivoda Holiday Classic)
Dec. 30 – at Salem
Jan. 6 – at Louisville
Jan. 10 – at Boardman
Jan. 13 – Harding
Jan. 17 – at Howland
Jan. 20 – at Chaney
Jan. 27 – Fitch
Feb. 3 – Boardman
Feb. 4 – at Fitch
Feb. 7 – at Harding
Feb. 10 – Howland
Feb. 14 – Alliance
Feb. 17 – Poland