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Former YSU part-time assistant coach arrested, charged with drug trafficking

Published: Fri, May 14, 2010 @ 4:51 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A former part-time Youngstown State University assistant women’s softball coach is in the Mahoning County jail without bond after having been arrested this afternoon on a secret indictment charging her with four counts of Oxycodone trafficking.

Gina L. Rango, 26, who was indicted by a county grand jury Thursday, was arrested at her Woodworth Road residence in North Lima by the Mahoning Valley Drug Task Force after an eight-month investigation.

If convicted of all counts, she faces up to 16 years in prison. The softball season is over, and Rango won’t be returning for the 2011 season, a university spokesman said.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Drug pushing at YSU should be penalized heavily . Our youth are there to be productive and not be turned into zombies in a drug stupor .

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2VABuckeye(14 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

She's always been in trouble, ever since her days at Boardman HS. This should come as no surprise to anyone. The parents had no control over her, no dicipline.

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3justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Ahhh yes, once again, it's the parents fault this 26 year old WOMAN was selling drugs.

I remember when my own son was in kindergarten and my parents and I were at his "graduation" and he got, what seemed like every single award there was. Someone came up to me and congratulated ME on how "wonderful and smart" my son was. My mother said to me "no, you don't get to take the credit for that. He's his own person and his achievments, as well as his mistakes must be his own. If you take the credit for the good things he does, you must also be ready to take the credit for the bad things he does". I never forgot that.

He was a high honor roll student, captain of his football team, standout academically, etc. I NEVER had a moment of trouble with him until he turned 16 and then all of a sudden, it was a downward spiral. Failing grades, truancy, lying, cheating, stealing,drugs - you name it. I put him into rehab ($29,000 which my insurance covered not one cent of) counseling, mentoring, punishment, etc. You name it, I did it. I finally had to put him out onto the street when he turned 18. He made his OWN choices, good and bad. I'm really starting to tire of PARENTS getting ALL the blame when an ADULT over the legal age of 18 gets into trouble. Unless you've walked a mile or spent an hour in the shoes of a parent who has a son or daughter who gets into trouble, you cannot judge.

I was finally told that he is a "sociopath" and there was NOTHING I could have done to change that.

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4annaakita(15 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Typical of Youngstown. Do you really expect anything less of this town? All the judges and cops and any sort of government is totally corrupt. Its hard to respect any of them...The teachers and coaches and other school employees are now following that same path.

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5fitnessbuff(57 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Am I remembering correctly? A former standout football player was arrested for selling pills last year?

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6havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

justonevoice, do you really believe that your son was a perfect angel until the age of 16 and then all of a sudden went wrong? It does not work that way. Your son was stealing, lying, cheating, and doing God knows what else all along. Somehow, he managed to fool you into seeing and believing otherwise.

I don't know you and I'm not trying to judge you. However, many parents see what they want to see and ignore the rest. I find it hard to believe that there were no signs that your son was not as angelic as you make him sound here, until he reached 16.

When I read comments like yours I think back to the Columbine shooting. I think about how that gang of suburban kids literally built a bomb and plotted a finely tuned mass murder right in their parent's basement, yet the parents knew nothing about it.

Again, I don't know you. However, parents who wake up one day and find themselves in a real-life version of invasion of the body snatchers where some foul teenager is all of a sudden residing in the body of their sweet little pumpkin, usually have not been paying attention. These are the parents who never check up on their kids, meet their kids friends, or even step foot in their kids rooms. They take everything their kid says at face value until they absolutely can't ignore what's been there all along anymore.

But, I do agree with you that this 26 year old WOMAN made the choice to sell drugs. Regardless of how she was raised, she is responsible for her own choices and not her parents. She's simply a loser, by choice.

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7havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

By everything I've read here this woman is a native of Boardman and a current resident of North Lima. She once worked as a part-time coach at YSU.

What seems typical to me is that Youngstown is made the scapegoat for everything wrong in this area. Even when it's in black and white that the problem lies elsewhere, Youngstown get's the blame.

It's time for he suburbs to start taking responsibility for their own drug users and dealers. You can't go on blaming everything on Youngstown forever.

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8Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


"Typical of Youngstown. Do you really expect anything less of this town? All the judges and cops and any sort of government is totally corrupt."

Typical of Youngstown? Like Youngstown is the only city that this happens in. You can't be serious? Read the daily papers from other cities across the good 'ole USA. Typical mindset of shallow thinking. People please realize that Youngstown is NOT the only city that has problems. It is everywhere! Educate your mind outside the box for a change. Seriously get real!

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9saddad(651 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

To say that "all the judges and cops and...government" is corrupt is really a whacko take on things. Ive known many that were fine public servants. Ive also come to know that people that think everybody would steal or cheat are certainly ones that would steal and cheat if they were in control of anything.

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10Ken(153 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Gina should never have been hired at YSU,. There was enough background information available on her that should have disqualilfied her as a candidate.
Wonder what her duties were with the softball team and when they ended...did she recruit; travel with the team, make public appearances on behalf of the team, what was her pay and how many years was she employed???

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11justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

havingmysay@ - well you're right, you don't know me and i'm surprised you think he was cheating, lying etc before 16. If you read my comment, I said he was a high honor roll student, quarterback of his football team (by the way, I was the team mom for 6 years AND the cheerleading coach) so obviously I did more than "go into his room" and NO, you could not be more wrong, when I said there were NO problems until the age of 16 I meant just that. I ALSO said he has just been diagnosed with a mental illness and if you knew ANYTHING about that, you would know that mental illness does not show itself until approximately 16, 17. I also said I had him in counseling, family counseling, obtained mentors, AND had him in rehab. I was in CONSTANT touch with ALL of his teachers and was a strict disciplinarian. Again, I do agree with one thing you said and that is you do not know me.

Alyssa Lenhoff Dann was just convicted on ethics charges I believe and she is a teacher at YSU - she is the wife of the former Attorney General - according to YOU, her PARENTS are to blame for her bad behavior. In fact, perhaps we ought to put Mr. and Mrs. Dann in that catagory as well, right? I mean, where do we draw the line? Obviously Marc Dann's parents were a failure as well, correct?

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

" could_it_be :

stan, what happened to your libertarian views on entrepreneurism? denial of bond was so harsh."

You must be referring to my sarcasm of political correctness .

YSU is supported by tax money and much time and effort being put in by many . Gina L. Rango was doing her best to undermine all of these efforts to help our young to be productive . She now has a chance to try corrupting the penal system .

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13havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


The comments I made in my previous post were general comments and not directed to you or your situation. Why is it that you take everything said about bad parenting personally?

My only experiences with mental illness has been a few psychology classes and an occasional news article or tv program on the subject.

One thing that is clear from the information I have studied and read, and your comments fully support that, is that mental illness often runs in families. I strongly suggest you seek mental health counseling for YOURSELF.

I don't know you, but I do know that every time someone mentions bad parenting you go off like a Roman Candle. Why is that?

People who clearly know this woman commented that she was allowed to run wild and do as she pleases as a kid. That set you off. Why?

Guilty conscience, perhaps?

Mental illness CAN, and often does, manifest itself well before the teenage years. Also, drug abuse can often cause dormant mental illness to manifest itself.

Who said anything about being a strict disciplinarian? There are people who beat the hell out of their kids and restrict their every move and those kids turn out more messed up than anybody. Me thinks you doeth protest too much, justmyvoice.

I simply do not believe that any child is a perfect child. The fact that you thought your child was, shows how out of touch with reality you are. I also don't believe that a person becomes a "sociopath" at 16, without any forewarning.

Regarding your comment that I said something about Alyssa Lenhoff's upbringing: That is a flat out LIE. You are delusional. The only comment I made about either Dann or Lehnhoff is that they are both scumballs that belong in jail for their criminal misbehavior. I also predicted, correctly, that Alyssa would skate off with no real punishment, and she did.

I can see why your kid is messed up. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

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14justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

havingmysay@ - I guess perhaps the reason "I got off like a Roman Candle everytime someone says something about bad parenting" (according to you) is that it is people such as yourself who are teaching children and young adults that when they make bad judgements and stupid decisions not to take responsibility for their own actions but to put the blame on someone else, i.e. , their parents.

As far as the apple not falling far from the tree or myself having mental illness, frankly, that kind of comment is just immature for as you said, you don't know me. It's also a little rude considering this is public forum to freely express opinions and that is what I was doing.

As far as Alyssa Lenhoff Dann and Marc Dann, I feel you misunderstood my comments. My point was this, these people are in their mid 40s and made some bad judgments - weren't these THEIR mistakes and shouldn't THEY take responsibility for this lack of judgment and ethics or should we say "ah, this is the result of their parents not being good parents". Gina Rango is a 26 year old woman who made her OWN choices - she obviously is old enough to know better. Let's stop blaming everything everyone does on bad parenting and hold the person (adult) responsible for their actions. It's called consequence.

And as far as you seeing "why my kid is messed up and the apple not falling far from the tree", actually that also is an inaccurate statment. He has a mental illness, that's like saying if my child had diabetes you could see why. It's just a silly comment and was kind of flippant and glib, don't you think?

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15havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, you do go off like a Roman Candle, and one has to ask why.

Once a person reaches adulthood, they are responsible for their choices. You have never and will never hear me say anything to the contrary. Your analogy about the Danns is just plain silly. Both of these people have to be near 60, if they're a day. Who knows if their parents are even still alive.

No person has as much direct influence on the direction of their child's life as the parents. You refuse to acknowledge that. Are there exceptions to the rule? Of course, but these exceptions are not the norm.

You want to cry personal responsibility, for everyone except for the parents of out of control children and teenagers, and I find that to be completely dishonest and self-serving.

Genetics play a role in diabetes, just as they play a role in mental illness. Call it glib, flippant, or what it actually is, which is the truth.

You have some issues that you seem not to be able to admit to yourself. You are overly sensitive about the subject of parental responsibility. According to you, parents have none--it is all up to the kid. You're wrong.

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16notthatucare(1 comment)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I have twins that went to school with Gina. I'm not saying that she was an angel. I don't believe any high school kid is. She was your typical kid. She spent time at our house and my daughter spent time at hers. Gina went away to college and did everything that kids do when they leave home. All of our children have done it. We've done it. Gina made the decision to mix greed in with stupidity. She had a wonderful job, doing exactly what she loved doing, making good money and decided to make a little extra by doing something she knew was totally wrong. You cannot blame anyone but Gina for that decision.

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17northsideart(111 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago


Good post but I seriously doubt that a part-time assistant softball coach at YSU makes "good money."

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18fitnessbuff(57 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

not the first sports person at ysu to get in trouble

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19Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

@havinmysay I agree alot of the times people love to blame the parents of their grown childs bad decision. The only time I feel you can blame the childs parent in this day in age is if if they held them in some type of cult, the child grew up ignorant towards the world around them. Gina knows right from wrong she chose to do wrong and got caught.

Shoot there are kids who went through hell growing up with their parents/guardians and end up living very successful lives with a family of their own. It's all about the choices you make in life and that is my opinion.

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20NoBS(2651 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the fair reporting, there, Vindy. If this person is a "former" employee of YSU, why mention it at all? But then, the story is poorly written and it's not clear when, or even IF, this person quit their position with YSU. Is she "former" because she was just let go now that these charges have come to light? (That's not the typical "former" employee, just FYI) Or had she left some time ago, in which case the connection to YSU had been severed some time ago, and is rendered irrelevant unless one has an agenda against YSU.

Poor reporting, either way.

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21Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

@NoBS I don't think this is an attack at YSU reports like this will go with almost any type of job most likely ones like the one Gina had. Thats like me messing up working in the medical, legal, some type of teacher field, or etc... The media will bring that up and to the day I die I will always be known for whatever I messed up at.

Look at Mary K Leforno (sp on her name) she was the teacher who raped a young boy. When she got out of prison for the second time her former student/lover was a grown man. The media followed her and him when she was out and talked about her molesting him even though they stayed together and that now it's okay since he is grown. She will always be known as a former teacher who moested an underaged boy and had 2 kids with him for the rest of her life ( she might have more by him by now though).

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