Canadian Football Legends
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Gino Fracas bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Gino Fracas

Head Coaching Career

Head Coach of the University of Alberta
1963 - 1966

Head Coach of the University of Windsor
1968 - 1987

Awards and Honours

Ontario University Athletics Association (OUAA) Coach of the Year
1976, 1977 (2)

Football Canada/Canadian Football League (CFL) Award of Merit
1987 (1)

Gino Fracas was an all-city halfback at Assumption High School in Windsor and helped lead them to championships in 1948 and 1949. Fracas had a successful playing career at the University of Western Ontario winning two Yates Cups Championships and in the CFL winning two Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1954 and 1955. After his playing career, Fracas became head coach for the University of Alberta Golden Bears leading them to a National Championship in 1963.

Fracas returned to Windsor in 1968 where he became the first ever Head Coach of the University of Windsor Football program, where he led the Windsor to the Central Canada Intecollegiate Football Conference (CCIFC) championship in 1969, an OUAA Championship in 1975 and he was the OUAA coach of the year in both 1976 and 1977.

For his all-around excellence on the football field, the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) named a football Volunteer Coach of the Year award is named in his honour.

In 1987, Fracas received the prestigious Football Canada/CFL Award of Merit for outstanding lifetime contribution to football in Canada. In all, he was inducted into six different halls of fame, including the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame.

Gino Fracas is also a member of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Legends Wall of Fame as a player, coach and administrator, and is a member of the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011 as a builder.

Class of 2011

Chris FlynnGino FracasKen LehmannDon MatthewsDanny McManusJoe Montford

Terry Vaughn

Football Reporters of Canada

Ed Tait

Fracas, Gino
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