After a storied scholastic career at nearby Austintown Fitch High School, tight end Ron Strollo has been one of the key reasons that the Penguins have made three straight trips to the Division I-AA playoffs, capping his career with the school’s first ever National Championship this past season when the Penguins defeated Marshall, 25-17, in Statesboro, Ga., for the I-AA grid crown.
A leader by example, he was a captain on last season’s squad, catching eight passes for 103 total yards (an average of 12.9 per reception) with many coming in crucial situations.
His four-year ledger shows 27 total receptions for 319 yards - an average of 11.82 per catch - with four touchdowns to his credit.
Since his arrival on the YSU campus in the fall of 1988, Strollo has left his mark in the classroom as well. As an accounting major, his 3.32 overall grade-point average includes making the University’s Dean’s List on three separate occasions.
He has been on the athletic honor roll for three of his four years as a Penguin student-athlete.
During the recently completed fall quarter when football season was in high gear and the Penguins made their runs for the I-AA title, he posted a 3.61 overall grade-point average. Excluding his freshman year, he has posted 3.30, 3.38, and 3.61 grade point averages respectively when his sport is in season.
Ron is the sun of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Strollo.