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Class of 2008
Chad DiFranco


Chad DiFranco - MAHOF Class of 2008Fans 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 year.

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.

Welcome, Chad DiFranco, into the Midview Athletic Hall of Fame

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