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A former University of Dayton football captain and Canton native, Place was the head coach at, in order: Northwestern, Beavercreek, Stebbins, Middletown, Chaminade Julienne, Hamilton, Cincinnati Withrow and Ponitz.
He estimated his career record at 260-184-2. His greatest success was guiding CJ to a D-II state championship in 2002 with sophomore Javon Ringer in the backfield.
“I can truly say that it was all great,” Place said in a statement, “the players, the student body, the administration and the staff. Being a Panther was such a rewarding experience. The only down side was missing time with my family.”
A relatively new varsity program, Ponitz was a program-best 7-3 in 2016 and landed Deedgar Cooks in the Ohio North vs. South All-Star Game.
Also this week, Lance Engleka resigned at Middletown after two seasons, citing death threats, and Shawn Lamb resigned after 14 seasons as Lebanon’s head coach.
Place cited missing family time as the main reason for leaving Ponitz.
“It is now time for me to move on to my next phase of life: Full time grandfather to my nine grandchildren,” he said. “This is the reason for my decision to give it up.”
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