Washington and Jefferson College (Bachelor of Science, 1923). Western Reserve University (Juris Doctor, 1926). Awarded Doctor of Laws, Washington & Jefferson College, 1973.
Phi Alpha Delta.
Trustee Emeritus, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania. Law Director, University Heights, Ohio, 1934-1936. Municipal Court Judge, Cleveland, Ohio, 1945-1946.
Master Commissioner, "South.S. Noronic" Disaster, 1949-1954.
He would later coach at Baldwin Wallace College and John Carroll University. Outspoken and inventive as a coach, he was the inventor of the face mask. The original he created is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
He also was the first coach to put an armband of plays on his quarterbacks" wrists, now a common sight in the game.
He was head coach of the John Carroll University football team College football
He watched his first football game as a senior at Martins Ferry High School.
Realizing that a football scholarship was his ticket out of the coal mines and into college, he joined the varsity team He played both offense and defense for the Presidents.
In 1922, the team played the favored University of California to a scoreless tie in the Rose Bowl.
On the 60th and 70th anniversaries of that game, Vince was an honored guest at the Rose Bowl. Professional career and college football coach
After graduating from Washington & Jefferson in 1922, Ralph enrolled at Western Reserve University"s Law School. In order to pay his way through law school, Ralph played in the early National Football League for the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Bulldogs.
He also coached football for Saint Ignatius High School.
Ralph coached Saint Ignatius to its first city championship in 1925. The Wildcats" record from 1923 through 1926 under him was so impressive, that he was asked to coach at John Carroll University.
He coached John Carroll for seven years and served as the school"s athletic director for two years. In 1935, Ralph left John Carroll to practice law, however he still stayed in sports by officiating at high school, college and NFL games.
Legal career and later years
Vince was appointed as a Cleveland Municipal judge.
He also served for two years as a councilman and four years as a law director in University Heights. During World World War II, he agreed to coach football at University School for one year, however he later stayed on with the school for an additional 12 years. In the early 1950s, he presided over the lawsuits regarding the Steamship Noronic disaster.
The Steamship Noronic was a passenger ship that was destroyed by fire in Toronto Harbour in September 1949 with serious loss of life.
Vince heard 669 lawsuits filed by those who were injured or lost their relatives in the tragedy. Ralph retired as a senior partner of the Burke Haber Berick law firm in 1990.
He also helped found the Cleveland Touchdown Club. In 1991, the Ralph Vince Fitness Center was dedicated at John Carroll University.
In 1986, he was inducted in the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio State Bar Associations.