On Friday (April 13) afternoon at The Ohio State University, College Football Hall of Fame head coach Dr. Fred Martinelli was given an Ohio's Finest award during the Buckeyes' annual football coaches clinic.
Martinelli was one of three Ohio's Finest honorees, along with OSU two-time Heisman Trophy-winning running back Archie Griffin and the late Dave Adolph, a former assistant coach with both the Buckeyes and the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, among other stops.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2002, Martinelli was 217-119-12 (.641) in 35 seasons leading the Ashland College/University football program (1959-93). He coached undefeated teams in 1967 (8-0-1) and 1972 (11-0), and his teams won 10 conference titles – five in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and five in the Heartland Collegiate Conference. Martinelli was named conference coach of the year in each of those seasons, as well as in the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference in his final season in 1993.
In 1986, Martinelli led Ashland to the program's first NCAA Division II postseason appearance. Martinelli coached players who earned 72 All-American awards at Ashland, and one of his former players, defensive end Bill Royce, became the first Eagle player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.