on April 28, 1930, Gino Fracas was an all-city halfback at Assumption High School
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, He became
head coach for the University
of Alberta Golden Bears
leading them to a National Championship in 1963.
returned to Windsor in 1968 where he
became the first ever Head Coach of the University of Windsor
Lancer Football program. He led the Lancers
to the CCIFC championship in 1969, an OUAA Championship in 1975 and he
was the OUAA coach of the year in both 1976 and 1977.
his all-around excellence on the football field, Coach Fracas became an
inaugural member of the Ontario University Athletics Football Legends
Wall of Fame as a player, coach and administrator. In addition, the
Canadian University (CIS) Football Volunteer Coach of the Year award is
named in his honour.
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.
Windsor Lancers have recognized his tremendous contributions to the
university by naming the University
of Windsor Coach of
the Year Award in his honour.
a professor at the university, Fracas was one of the most well known
figures both on campus and in the community. In 1995, he retired after 28
successful years from the Faculty of Human Kinetics. Gino Fracas passed
away in October of 2009 at the age of 79.
University of Alberta 1963–1966
University of Windsor Lancers 1968–1987
Awards and Honours:
Coach of the Year 1976, 1977
Canada/CFL Award of Merit 1987