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FLASHBACK: 1965 – Race weighs Raider job bid

(NOTE: This article originally appeared in the May 9, 1965, edition of the Racine Journal Times.)

Ed RaceEddie Race, who tutored St. Catherine’s High School football teams to six championships in his 14-year-stay here before moving on to Pulaski High in 1962, may be coaching in Racine again this season.

The Racine Raiders have made Race an offer to handle the coaching duties this season when the club defends its Central States Football League championship. The Raiders last year picked up all the marbles, whipping through a 10-game league schedule unbeaten, and then edging Elmhurst 7-0 here in the championship playoff game.

Race has made no firm commitment but has expressed keen interest in coaching the Raiders.

“I’ll let you know sometime this week,” he told Raiders’ president Ben Wells following a meeting with the club’s board of directors.

The Raiders’ coaching vacancy developed a few weeks ago when Harry Gilbert resigned the post because he intends to return to the University of Wisconsin for a semester of work in September. Gilbert was head coach and also played linebacker a good portion of the time.

Race left St. Catherine’s in January, 1962, for Pulaski but since has been transferred to Cudahy High where he is head football coach.

Cudahy plays its games on Friday nights, Race observed. Thus, if he took the Raiders’ assignment, there would be no conflict because the Racine club plays eight Saturday night and two Sunday afternoon games this season.

“I won’t stint on the job here, if I take it,” Race stated. “It will be a gung ho (all out) type of operation as far as I am concerned.”

Race would have the authority to hire two coaching assistants this season, but neither would be permitted to play with the team.

Had 80-30 Record

Race, who attended Pio Nono High, Milwaukee and then went on to Loyola of Los Angeles for his degree, coached St. Catherine’s from 1948 through the 1961 seasons, picking up an overall record of 80 wins, 30 defeats and three ties. His Catholic Conference record was 69-20-3.

Before taking the St. Catherine’s position, Race coached at St. Benedict (1937), Messmer (1941-46) and St. Francis (1947).

His St. Catherine’s clubs won sole conference titles in 1949, 1955, 1956 and 1957 and shared for the championship in 1948 and 1953. His 1949 and 1957 teams were unbeaten.

Two of his more prominent prep players here were Don Penza, who went on to captain the University of Notre Dame, and Jim Haluska, who established several passing records while quarterbacking the Wisconsin Badgers.

Haluska Was Coach

Haluska coached the Raiders for one season (1963) at a time while he tutored the Don Bosco High squad. He still is coach at Bosco.

Because of his close connections with dozens of state college coaches, Race is in a good position to latch onto two promising football players.

Should Race agree to coach the Raiders, he probably will have the bulk of the squad that romped through to the 1964 title, including quarterback Jim May — a fellow he coached while at St. Catherine’s.