Clair Muscaro

Clair Muscaro

Inducted 2007

Special Honorary Achievement

  Mr. Clair Muscaro graduated from High School in 1950 and was awarded a college basketball scholarship, playing at WV Institute of Technology College from 1950-1954. His team won four consecutive championships and Clair was named to the All-Conference and the All Tournament Teams. Clair is a member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame with a career high of 55 points in one game. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1954 and subsequently served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1956, Clair began his career in education at Ravenna Township High School teaching and coaching basketball and golf. He was named Portage County League Basketball Coach of the Year in 1957 and 1959. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Kent State University in 1959 and taught and coached basketball at Ravenna High School for four years, followed by four years as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. He concluded his educational experience as Principal at Peninsula- Woodridge High School for 17 years, 1967-1984. Clair was selected as an Assistant Commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) in August, 1984. He was appointed the Eighth Commissioner of the OHSAA on January 1, 1990, where he served until his retirement on August 1, 2004. Accomplishments under his leadership included: 1) the establishment of a Scholarship Program which awards over $100,000.00 annually; 2) establishment of the OHSAA Foundation ; 3) establishment of a Sportsmanship and Awards Program; 4) the elimination of tournament entry fees and catastrophic insurance fees by schools; and 5) the completion of reviews of OHSAA Constitution and By-laws. Mr. Muscaro received many local, state and national awards. He received the National Federation Coach’s Association Citation Award in 2001 and the section 2 Citation Award in 2004. Clair Muscaro’s 48 years of work in education are best characterized by his Christian values and actions of treating others fairly and with respect, being consistent in his decisions and keeping the welfare of students paramount.