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Vic DeOrio Print E-mail
A halfback on Doyt Perry's first BG team as a sophomore, Vic DeOrio earned honorable mention All-Ohio honors in 1955 before having a breakout junior season, helping the Falcons to their first MAC title. He had four 100-yard rushing games, including a career high 157 on October 13, 1956 against Baldwin-Wallace, leading the team in rushing with 816 yards on the ground. Those numbers earned him a spot on the first team for both the All-MAC and All-Ohio rosters. His kick return average of 24.3 yards per attempt set a school record that stood for ten years.

DeOrio earned second team All-MAC honors his senior year, and at the time of his graduation, his 1,545 yard career rushing total was the third best in school history behind Fred Durig and Jack Woodland. After leaving BG, he coached football and wrestling at Clyde High School, serving as an assistant to Bob Warren in 1959, then served as head coach from 1960-62, compiling a 17-10 record on the gridiron. As wrestling coach, he put together a 36-11 record in dual meets at Clyde, and went to the state championships with Frank Slessman, who was undefeated in the 175-pound weight class and would earn a football scholarship to BGSU after high school. DeOrio was fired as coach by Clyde superintendent Dick Van Atta in 1963 and moved to Jackson, Michigan where he continued coaching for a number of years.

He was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
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