John Cabas spent 33 years coaching basketball. He won 432 and lost 192 games during his career. Coach Cabas won a State Championship in 1947 with Columbiana High School and finished twice as State Runner-up with Columbiana High School in 1945 and Salem High School in 1959. The entrance to Salem High School gymnasium carries his name and the hard-wood gymnasium floor bears his signature.
His coaching career began in Salinesville in 1940, continuing in Wellsville, Columbiana, Case Tech (Western Reserve), Elyria and culminating in Salem from 1950 to 1972.
Cabas played football and basketball for the New Castle (PA) Red Hurricane and was a member of the 1935-36 WPIAL championship basketball team. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Union (Ohio) College and a Master’s Degree from Westminster College. He later served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II.
During his induction into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame, Cabas said: “I feel truly humble by this experience. Coaching was my profession and I stayed in it as long as I could. I am very happy to be selected in this first group because it is the greatest honor when you are
singled out by your peers. I am particularly pleased to see some of my former players here in front of me.”
Cabas served as the President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association from 1964-66. During his tenure as president, he was credited with many innovations under his leadership. Coach Cabas past away on July 16, 2012 at the age of 94.