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  After Eight Seasons, Coach Ignazio Steps Down As Boardman Grid Coach  
  Spartans Made Four Playoff Appearances During His Tenure:   December 10, 2020 Edition  
     After eight seasons at the helm of Boardman Spartans football, Head Coach Joe Ignazio submitted his resignation on Monday. Ignazio’s tenure with the Spartans football program spanned 18 years, including his first ten seasons as an assistant coach.
      The Spartans finished last season with a 4-4 log, and made their fourth appearance in post-season play under Coach Ignazio. (Boardman reached the playoffs in the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020 seasons).
      The Spartans under Coach Ignazio logged a 33-48 record during his eight seasons at the helm.
      Ignazio’s first win as a head coach came against Massillon Perry.
      Under his direction, the Spartans played their final game at old Boardman Stadium, claiming a victory over the Canton McKinley Bulldogs; and Boardman also hosted its first playoff game ever under his direction.
      “The 2015 season, when we hosted our first playoff game, was the culmination of a lot of hard work. The season included a win at Warren Harding when we blocked a field goal and scored. It was a testament to our kids being coached on the little things,” Coach Ignazio said this week, adding “Honestly, every win is special.”
      The coach noted “It is hard to win. I’m thankful of all the relationships built over the years. I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the hands that touched this program in any way.”
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