Phil Annarella

Former high school football coach and 1966 Union High graduate Phil Annarella was found dead in his home Saturday.

Annarella was 70.

A family member reportedly checked on Annarella at his Niles (Ohio) home after he failed to show up as a volunteer at a Special Olympics event in Austintown (Ohio) on Saturday.

Annarella posted a career coaching record of 246-146-1.

Annarella started his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970 at East Liverpool (Ohio) High School. He served in that role for six years before taking the head coaching job at Youngstown Rayen.

The next stop for Annarella was Warren Western Reserve (Ohio) High School. He served as a defensive coordinator for three years and took over as head coach in 1981. In 1990, Warren Western Reserve consolidated with Warren G. Harding.

Annarella’s squads amassed a 40-5 mark from 1988 to 1991, which included three playoff appearances and a Division I state championship in 1990 — 28-21 over Cincinnati Princeton at the old Akron

Rubber Bowl — to cap a 14-0 season.

In addition, Annarella coached at Hickory and Niles (Ohio) before taking the head coaching job at Austintown Fitch (Ohio) in 2007.

He was the Falcons’ head coach through the end of last season, leading the team to an 8-3 mark and a berth in the Division I Ohio playoffs. Euclid ousted Austintown Fitch in the opening round, 35-0.

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