Couple gets engaged at YSU tailgate party

A Youngstown State University tailgate celebration ended in a marriage proposal for a Struthers woman on Thursday.

In front of their friends and family, former YSU football player Bobby Coates asked Allison Fuline to marry him. Coates had been planning the proposal for some time and said he had not slept for three days thinking about it.

Fuline was distracted by taking a picture during the tailgate celebration and had no idea Coates was behind her on one knee.

The couples’ family and friends were all there for the proposal, which is something Fuline wanted.

She said “yes,” and everyone around them started cheering.

The couple met during Coates’ senior year at YSU. They now  live in Cincinnati.

Coates said asking Fuline to marry him where they met completes their story.

“I wanted Youngstown to be a part of it cause it means a lot to me, so we talked about and figured why not here. She had not idea, which is surprising, because she knew everyone was coming,” Coates said.

The diamond in Fuline’s ring was her aunt’s ring, and will be passed down through the generations.

“I am very happy to welcome Bobby into our family. He’s a great guy,” said Sandy Fuline, mother of the bride-to-be.

A champagne toast, a present and cake helped mark the special day.

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