Local legendary football coach loses battle with cancer
STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
community mourns the loss of a long time football coach. Bob
Raczek lost his battle with cancer Sunday. He was the head coach at
Pacelli High School in Stevens Point for more than 40 years. Now,
those close to him are remembering the man he was on and off the
is Pacelli football," said Pacelli Athletic Director John
can have football coaches, basketball coaches and baseball coaches,
but when you talk about Coach around Pacelli, it's Coach Raczek,"
added Assistant Football Coach Dave Wysocki.
Bob Raczek was Pacelli's high school football head coach for 46
one of the most successful coaches in the history of state high
always got the most out of every player," said Raflik.
2005 Coach Razcek received news that changed his life. He was
diagnosed with prostate cancer.
lot of people would be like, oh woe is me type thing, be really down
on themselves, but he never really used that as an excuse,"
Coach went on to win his third state championship, that same year. It
months after he was diagnosed. It was also his 300th win as head
wasn't just about football, it's about learning about life," said
was the type of coach that if you needed a kick in the butt he would
do that to you, but also the type where if he needed to put his arm
around you, he would," added Raflik.
Sunday Coach Raczek died. He had fought his battle with cancer for
an empty spot in your heart right now that he's not here," said
Raflik. "It's a devastating loss. It's one of those things, you knew it was
coming but you never hoped it would."
in true Coach Raczek fashion, coaches and players say they still have
a job to do.
the way coach would have wanted it. He would say, hey you guys have
something to do, it's time to practice football," said Wysocki.
as the team hits the field for a new season and a new chance for
success, they'll remember their coach. The only "Coach" in
the Pacelli family.
for everything, Coach," said Wysocki. "You'd get that 1,000
times if you interviewed 1,000 people."