Al Fracassa

Al Fracassa
Head Coach – Brother Rice High School

High School: Northeastern High School (1951)
College: Michigan State University (1955)

Coach Fracassa graduated from Northeastern High School in 1951 and was All City in both Football and Baseball in his Junior and Senior years. As a senior he was elected President of the Senior Class, Captain of the football team, and earned All State Honors.

He then went on to Michigan State University where he was a member of the 1951 National Championship Team and a member of the 1954 Rose Bowl Championship Team – in which the Spartans had a 28 game winning streak. He graduated from Michigan State in 1955.

In 1956 he joined the army and was married to his wife Phyllis where he was assigned to the army’s football team in Germany. He also managed the Army’s boxing team and returned to the States as a substitute teacher in the Detroit Public Schools in 1957.

In 1958 he joined Rochester High School as an assistant coach and in 1960, he was appointed the head Coach at Shrine High School where he spent his first 9 years as a head coach and compiled a 44-19-5 record.

In 1969 he was appointed the head coach of Brother Rice High School where he will be entering his 45th and final season at Brother Rice in 2013. The rest in history….

  • National Football League (NFL) National Coach of the Year (1997)
  • American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) “Hula Bowl” Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) Jim Crowley Award Winner (2004)
  • Michigan State University “Duffy Daugherty Award” & National High School Coach of Year (2005)
  • Detroit News “Michiganian” of the Year (2008)
  • High School Football America- National High School Coach of the Year (2011)
  • 13 State Final Appearances (State Champions in 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012)
  • 14 Catholic League Championships (1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
  • Coached over 300 College Football Players including 15 Professional Players
  • 10th High School Football Coach in America to have over 400 wins
  • Entering his 54th  year as a Head Coach – His current Record is 416-121-7 (7th Nationally among active high school coaches)
  • Sparky Anderson “Catch” Charity for Children Award (2013)
  • Celebrating 57 years of marriage (August 2013)


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