Friends, family, colleagues, and former players pay their last respects Friday to Austintown-Fitch football coach Phil Annarella Jr., who passed away Saturday at his home.

Calling hours are being held at Fitch High School in the Auditorium from 2:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted at St. Stephen Church, 129 W Park Ave Niles, Ohio 44446 at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Born on January 28, 1949 in New Castle, Pennsylvania a son of Philip and Helen Annarella, he graduated from Union Area High School in 1966.

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Virginia University, he went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education from Youngstown State University.

He taught high school for more than 35 years, and coached football for over 48 years with positions at East Liverpool, Youngstown Rayen, Warren Western Reserve, Warren G. Harding, Hickory (Hermitage, Pennsylvania) Niles McKinley and most recently Austintown Fitch (2007-Current).

He led Warren G. Harding to a Division I State Football Championship in 1990, ending in a perfect 14-0 season. In 2013, he led Austintown Fitch to their first 10-0 season in the program’s history.

He received countless coaching awards over the years, including The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award in 2011 and Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.