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Local Football Legend Retires

IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It'll be hard to imagine Ironton High School's sidelines without legendary coach Bob Lutz pacing up and down them. At 69-years-old, the winning-est coach in Ohio high school history is retiring.

"Absolutely it's hard," Lutz told WSAZ.com. "I thought a lot about it, but I think it's time for the younger guys to take over."

Lutz coached 42 years in Ironton, three at Ironton St. Joe and 39 as head coach of the Tigers.

Legendary is a word sportswriters and sports casters have used to describe Lutz's career -- he prefers to use the word longevity.

"It's been good overall," Lutz said. "I'll always wonder what it would have been like to move on to somewhere else, but I never could pull the trigger. We won because we have a lot of good players, and good fan support. That made it a lot easier."

Lutz retires with two state championships in Ohio and six trips to the finals as runners-up.

The field at Tanks Memorial already bears his name. Fitting for a man who gave a lifetime to Ironton football.


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