Inducted in 2011
John was born in Crestline on October 6, 1940. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Crestline for eight years and Crestline High School for four years. He graduated from Crestline High School in 1958. While in high school, he participated in football, basketball and baseball. He made All-Mohican League Tackle his Senior year.
John DiPietro has been coaching football for almost 40 years. John began his coaching career in 1967. John was the varsity coach at Crestline from 1972-1997 and from 2005-2007. John guided the Bulldogs to two undefeated seasons, 1978, and 1996, and made the state playoffs in 1993 and 1996. During John’s tenure with the Bulldogs, they won nine league championships; JAC, MOC, and NCC. John was named State Coach of the Year in 1978, 1993, and 1996. He was the MOC Coach of the Year in 1978, 1983, and 1987. He was named the NCC Coach of the Year in 1993, and 1996. He is Crestline’s “winningest” varsity football coach. John was inducted into the Crestline Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
John has also coached at Bucyrus High School and junior high, Mansfield Senior High school, and Col. Crawford Junior High.
John began his teaching career at Crestline High School in 1967 and taught American History, Geography and Health and Physical Education. John’s college education began at Dayton University, Los Angeles City College, and he has a B.S. from Ashland University and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University.
John is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and has been a University of Notre Dame Football season ticket holder since 1997.
John is very involved in his community and is President of the Coach Hutson College Scholarship Fund, is a member of the Crestline Athletic Hall of Fame committee, is a track official, Eucharist Minister and Usher for the Catholic Church, and is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
John married Barbara Malatin on March 4, 1989. The DiPietro's still live in Crestline and have been married now 23 years.