Steve Trivisonno Will Be Inducted Into Crow's Nest Hall of Fame
Mentor High football coach says he appreciates the honor but says "it will always be about the school and kids"
Steve Trivisonno doesn't remember how many conference championships he's won in his 16 years as the head coach of the Mentor High football team.
It's not false modesty either. He legitimately doesn't recall.
"I don't know," he said. "Maybe eight."
Trivisonno wants his teams to win -- and they often do -- but he doesn't fixate on that.
"We're going to win," he reflected, while standing on the sideline during the Mentor Youth Football Camp. "It's never been about that. If you do things right, you're going to win."
So if it's not about winning, what is it about?
"It's about taking young men and helping them become better young men," he said.
And how does one do that?
"You need to be the role model," he said. "You better be the example and show them what discipline is, what hard work is."
Trivisonno's own hard work is being recognized with an induction into the Crow's Nest Hall of Fame by the Lake County Captains on July 16.
The Captains began the Hall of Fame last year to honor longtime Northeast Ohio coaches of significant achievement.
As part of the honor, Trivisonno will throw out the first pitch of the Captains' game.
"I just hope to get it over the plate," he said.
True to form, Trivisonno said he appreciated the honor but quickly added, "It's not about me. It will always be about the school and kids."
When asked what the most satisfying part of his job is, Trivisonno didn't mention anything that happens on the field.
Instead, he said, "The most satisfying part is when they come back after they graduate and they seek you out. And they're successful husbands and fathers and you get to see how good they turned out. That's the most satisfying."