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Bova inducted into coach's hall of fame

July 11, 2018
The Town Crier

On June 26, 2018, retired Canfield baseball coach Phil Bova was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coach's Association's Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio.

Coach Bova was recognized for his accomplishments as head coach of the Canfield high school baseball team. He was the first coach of the high school baseball program that was initiated in 1973. He began coaching at Woodrow Wilson High School the previous year where the team went to the district finals for the first time. After being hired as a chemistry teacher in Canfield, he was named head coach. He was head coach from 1973 until 1987 returning as an assistant coach 1998 to 2001.

After experiencing a losing season in their first year, his teams had winning seasons for 13 consecutive seasons with 243 wins and 119 losses. Bova's teams won eight league championships, eight Sectional championships and four District championships. In addition to being the high school head coach, he was a head coach for Little League, Pony, Colt and Class B teams, winning State and Regional championships. His Levi's Class B team won the NABF championship in 1984.

Bova was selected as the Mahoning Valley "Coach of the Year" four times and coached in the Ohio State All Star game in Columbus. He retired as the high school assistant principal in 1996 and is currently on the Canfield Board of Education where he has served two terms as president.



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