Birmingham Brother Rice's Al Fracassa, 80, to coach 'one more year'

Birmingham Brother Rice's Al Fracassa, 80, to coach 'one more year'

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Birmingham Brother Rice's Al Fracassa, 80, to coach 'one more year'

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There will be a 54th season of coaching football for Al Fracassa after all.

The legendary Birmingham Brother Rice coach announced Sunday at the team's banquet that he will return for the 2013 season.

"One more year," Fracassa said. "There are a whole bunch of reasons. What am I going to do all day? I'm not going to be a traveler; I'm not a traveler. I'm not that type of a guy. I've got my family here and its fun to go to Brother Rice and talk to the kids and try to help them go to college and prepare for the new season.

"It's not that I would like to win another championship, it's always nice, but if it doesn't happen it's not the big reason. It's being associated with a game I love a lot. I've loved it since I was a little kid. I thought maybe I'd try it again."

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Fracassa, who turned 80 last month, is the winningest coach in state history (416-121-7). He began his coaching career at Royal Oak Shrine in 1960 and moved to Rice in '69.

Last month, Rice won its eight playoff state championship with a thrilling 35-28 victory over Muskegon in the Division 2 final. It was the first rime the Warriors won consecutive titles and there was speculation Fracassa would end his career with that championship.

"If you feel good and it's something that you love, why not do it," he asked. "I've got good coaches; they are really excellent people to work with. When we see each other we got along with each other and the kids care for the coaches. There's a whole lot of things involved that make you make up your mind whether you want to go on or not."

After the championship game ,Fracassa said he would consult with his wife, Phyllis, before deciding whether to retire or return to coaching.

"Phyllis is with me, 'Anything you want to do Albert,' is what she says to me," he said. "She's been with me 56 years; that's a long time. She wants me to be happy. I think maybe I can handle it one more time."

Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or mmccabe@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1.

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