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FLASHBACK: 1965 – Ed Race takes Raider job

This article originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 18, 1965, edition of the Racine Journal Times.

Ed RaceThe Racine Raiders filled their coaching vacancy this morning when Ed Race announced his decision to handle the Central States Football League champions for 1965.

Race, who was offered the post 10 days ago, said today he would acquire two assistants before the start of football practice late in July. The Racine team, working on a 13-game winning streak, plays its league opener on Aug. 21 — two weeks earlier than usual — against the Mustangs in Madison.

The Raiders won their last two games of the 1963 season before tacking on 11 in a row a year ago in putting together an unbeaten campaign under Coach Harry Gilbert. Gilbert, former University of Wisconsin guard out of Madison West High, resigned in March when he announced his intentions of returning to the UW campus in the fall.

No Stranger Here

Race was a familiar sports figure in Racine during his 14 years as head football coach at St. Catherine’s High. In that time, the Angels won or shared six Catholic Conference titles while piling up an overall record of 80 wins, 30 losses and three ties.

Race resigned at St. Catherine’s in January, 1962 to join the Milwaukee area school system. At present, he is head football coach and guidance director at Cudahy High School.

A Pio Nono graduate, Race went on to Loyola of Los Angeles and was a halfback on a team that met such West Coast powers as Southern California and College of the Pacific. Race was graduated from Loyola in 1937. Ten years later, he was coaching at St. Catherine’s.

Contacts Players

Race today said he already has been making several player contacts in the Milwaukee area where the Raiders face competition for talent for the first time in several years. The West Aliis Racers, a new league team, also have been busy searching for players, Race has discovered.

However, the ex-Angels coach still can bank on the bulk of a championship squad for 1965 because all players who were in Raider garb in 1964 can play for no other team without a release from Racine. Race intends to keep the squad down to 36 players, a contrast to the 48 to 50 of last year.

Rollie Dretzka, member of the Raiders’ executive board which met here Monday night with Race, disclosed that the Racine team will travel in style this fall — air-conditioned, 1964-model buses will be used to carry the team to its five out-of-town games, he said.