ROBERT GUINTA OF ELYRIA CATHOLIC
Coach Guinta graduated from Jamestown, NY High School in 1949; Marietta College in 1958 and a Master Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1965. Bob got a late start on his coaching career because of the Korean War. Born April 13, 1930 in Jamestown, NY, Guinta left the service and enrolled at Marietta College where he played basketball.
He started his coaching career in 1958 at Wapakoneta St. Joseph and stayed for five years, moving to Celina Immaculate Conception for three and then to Elyria Catholic for 22, retiring after the 1988 season. In 30 years his teams were 433-235, including a 329-154 mark at Elyria Catholic.
His teams won 16 conference, 16 sectional, nine district and two regional championships. His 1964 team was state runner-u in Class A and he was voted state Coach of the Year. Six times he was District Coach of the Year and twice he coached in the North-South game.
For 20 years in two districts he served as a director of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He was winner of the Paul Walker Award in 1988 and has been enshrined into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame and the Lorain County Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Guinta and his wife Shirley, a member-at-large of Elyria City Council have four children: Bob, Tracie, Kyle, and David.