The 35th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Frank Russo
Unquestionably the finest coach in the history of LaSalle High School, Frank Russo has collected three state championships during his nearly three-decade tenure. His cross-country teams won the Ohio Division I state titles in 2005 and 2006, while his track squad won the 1994 state title. His 2008 track team fell four points shy of winning another state title. Overall, his programs have won 21 Greater Cincinnati League titles - including a GCL record run of track titles between 1992-2000; 21 District championships, 9 Regional titles and six state runner-up titles. His 78 Invitational and Relay team titles in Track have provided an overall record of 2,804-475-16 (.850). Russo's cross-country program has collected 81 Invitational titles leading to a career mark of 3,238-414 (.886). His cross-country program has captured victories in the prestigious Walt Disney Cross Country Classic in Orlando in 1999 and 2000, and the championship title in the Great American-Great Race by the Great Bay Invitational in San Francisco, catapulting the Lancers to the #1 ranking in the nation by Harrier Magazine and the Nike “Super 25” National Poll. Since 1992 - on a national scale - LaSalle's cross-country team has ended the year ranked in the Harrier Magazine Super 25 Poll eight times; the 2008 track squad, which featured Ohio State football star DeVier Posey, finished 10th in the final Nike Web National rankings. It was the first time in Cincinnati track-and-field history that a team finished in the Top Ten in the nation. Individually, Russo’s guidance has produced 193 GCL champions, 26 High School All-Americans, 238 state qualifiers, 15 Individual state champions and 38 Division I college athletes.
Frank Russo, who has been named ''Coach of the Year'' 37 times (12 times by <em>The Cincinnati Enquirer</em> and two times by The Cincinnati Post), is a member of both the LaSalle and Colerain Halls of Fame, and the Dayton Roosevelt Track & Field Memorial Hall of Fame. Frank and his wife, Patty, reside in Loveland with their daughter Halle (12) and son, Sam (9).