Fans of Midview athletics are likely not surprised
to find Chad’s name on the list of 2008 Hall of Fame inductees. He
enjoyed an outstanding football career with the Middies and was a
basketball letterman. In addition, the DiFranco name is one of those
synonymous with Midview athletics.
Playing for a coach he later served as an
assistant, Chad was a first-team Erie Shore Conference wide receiver
and defensive back under the direction of Coach Bill Albright. He
became a first-team All-Lorain County and second-team All-Ohio
defensive back. “The things I remember most about playing football
at Midview are the close friendships I made, and I have great
respect for Coach Albright. I also remember that in 1991 we beat
Benedictine and Coach Augue Bossu. And we also beat a very good
Vermilion team during those years”.
He earned two basketball letters under the late
coach Ray Verba: “It was fun playing for Coach Verba and we had some
success. We weren’t all that good in basketball, until Anthony
Stacey came along my senior year”.
Chad went on to a distinguished football career at
Ashland University, where his dad, the late Bob DiFranco also
played. A defensive back, he was a captain for two years, led the
Eagles in tackles for two years and was a first-team All-Midwest
Intercollegiate Football Conference selection. An art education
major, Chad was a GTE Academic All-American twice and he was
selected Ashland University’s Male Athlete of the Year in his senior
Like others in the family, Chad became a teacher
and coach following graduation. First, he was a substitute teacher
at Midview and an assistant under Coach Albright. The following
year, he was hired as an art teacher and offensive coordinator at
Columbia. Chad has been at Amherst since 1999 as an art teacher and
assistant football coach. He was also a girl’s assistant varsity
basketball coach for several years.
Chad and his wife, Tara, have three children,
twins Anthony and Mya, and a daughter, Olivia. They live in Elyria.
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