“Coach Arbo”

School: Archbishop Hoban High School

Residence: Stow

Age: 65

Job title: Director of Football Operations, Work Study Coordinator, Summer Camp Coordinator, Equipment Manager

How long at district: 17 years

Family: Joan (wife of 41 years). Three children: son Michael (2000 Hoban graduate) and daughter –in-law Laura, son Kevin (2004 Hoban graduate), daughter Katie (2006 Hoban graduate) and son-in-law Ryan.

What is the most rewarding part of your position? Making a difference in a student’s life. Then having them return to Hoban as proud alumni who are compassionate, confident adults. And of course, their genuinely warm greetings.

What is the most challenging? Making a difference in a student’s life when you are only around them for a few hours per day. We often forget that teens often carry his or her own difficulties outside of school that can weigh heavy on them. Here at Hoban, we’re a family. …

If you weren’t doing this, you’d still be? I’d still be working in corporate America wishing I was somewhere else.

Tell us something about the students you deal with most people don’t know or appreciate. I don’t think people realize how hard our students work in and out of the classroom and how much time our athletes put into training and the weight room in their offseason. It’s easy to criticize one’s successes while not appreciating the hard work that’s needed to achieve it.

How do you unwind after a long day at work? Sit down with my wife and watch our favorite TV shows.

The students and coworkers would be surprised to know that you ... worked for 37 years in the white collar world as an IT Project Manager managing multi-million dollar projects.

What is the one responsibility about your position you didn’t know existed before taking it? That I would be dealing with such a diverse background of students with their own unique and sometimes complex situations they deal with AND STILL I love every minute of it.