1988 – Bob Guinta
The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce that Bob Guinta of Elyria Catholic High School is the recipient of the 1988 Paul Walker Award. The Paul Walker Award is presented annually by the OHSBCA to an active coaching member of the association who has made significant contributions to high school basketball. The award is named in honor of the late Paul Walker, the long time coach of Middletown High School. At the time of his retirement, he had the most wins as a boys basketball coach in Ohio High School Basketball history.
Coach Guinta graduated from Jamestown High School in New York 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 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 15 conference, 16 sectional, nine district and two regional championships. His 1964 team was state runner-up in Class A and he was voted state Coach of the Year. He also reached the Class AA State Semi-Finals in 1973 with Elyria Catholic.
Six times he was District Coach of the Year and twice he coached in the North-South game (1964 and 1978). For 20 years in two districts he served as a Director of District 8 and District 3 of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He was elected into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame.
Guinta and his wife Shirley, a member-at-large of Elyria City Council have four children: Bob, Tracie, Kyle, and David.