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Alumni Profile: Terry Converse

Terry ConverseThe Racine Raiders consecutive win streak of 28 games during the 1992-1993 seasons was achieved under the direction of head coach Terry Converse. Converse was the head coach of the Raiders from 1991 until a job commitment ended his tenure in 1994.

During that period Converse compiled a record of 49-3, but true to his character and leadership, Converse is quick to give the credit to his coaching staff and players.

When asked about his time as head coach, Converse said, “I am simply amazed by the Raiders organization with all the great people involved from players to coaches to volunteers; that so many people are willing to give up so much of their time to make the organization great. That is what separates the Raiders from other teams. The way the Raiders operate, that stuff doesn’t just happen. Many people work hard to make it happen.”

Racine Raiders Alumni logoBut the Raiders almost didn’t happen for Converse. After stellar careers at Horlick High School (1968-71) and Carthage College (1971-75), where Converse earned many awards including conference honors, multiple letters and being named captain at both schools, his football career seemed to be put on hold when he moved to Chicago after college to work for Proctor & Gamble.

A few years later Converse moved back to Racine and, while playing softball, he was asked by Lyle Schubel to go with him to tryout for the Racine Gladiators. Converse did and the rest is history. He ended up playing for the team for six years.

Immediately upon retiring from playing, Converse was asked to join the coaching staff. He was an assistant for six more years until 1991 when he was picked to be the next head coach after the retirement of Bob Milkie in 1990. During Converse’s career with the Raiders he became one of the most respected coaches in Raiders history.

Current Raiders head coach Wilbert Kennedy said about Converse, “T.C. was one of the best coaches I ever had. His style of intensity and up-tempo practices set us up for the success we had.”