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The Most Successful Coach in Michigan Football History Talks CMU

By Andrew

Coach Al Fracassa knows a thing or two about coaching.  In fact, he holds the record for the most wins in the state of Michigan.  For over 40 years, he’s coached the powerhouse football program Brother Rice, a prep school located in Bloomfield Township.  Recently, Coach Fracassa was kind enough to speak with in order to share his observations of highly-touted CMU commit Tim Hamilton and discuss his program’s relationship with CMU.

TCR:  What do you see as Tim’s strengths, both as a player and a person?

Well, around here we call him Jumbo.  He’s a big kid.  Jumbo Hamilton.  Picked that nickname up as a kid, and he’s kept it through HS.  He’s a wonderful young man with a great family…was captain of our football team and everyone likes him…very likable guy.  If you talk to him, it doesn’t take you long to figure out that he’s a guy of high character and a good person.  He works really hard too.  His GPA is somewhere in the 3.3 -3.4 range so he’s a good student.  He has a wonderful opportunity ahead of him at CMU.

TCR:  How does Tim’s play at MLB improve the team as a whole?

He leads by example.  That’s the best gift – to lead by example.  And he epitomizes that.  He’s always flying to the ball…always around it.  Best of all, he responds well to adversity.  You can’t teach that.  When the going gets tough, he plays well all around.  I believe in my heart that he will continue to do that, and we’ll miss him.

TCR:  What do you expect out of Tim during his freshman campaign?

He’s going to go in there and do exactly what he has been doing here:  working hard, listening to the coaches.  He’ll do just what he’s done at High School and even more.  D1 football is tough and he realizes that.  He’s preparing now by lifting weights, running…working hard; he’s very disciplined.

TCR:  Tim spoke about a “pipeline” between the Brother Rice program and CMU.  Any thoughts on that?

Well, we’ve had quite a few go to CMU, but we have kids go all over.  2 right now at UM as walkons; had a lot of others at Michigan in the past, sometimes 2-3 at a time…Charlie Gantt at MSU will probably go pro this year….Chris Colasanti is an Academic All-American MLB at Penn State.

[I've] had the opportunity to get to know Enos since he’s become coach.  Enos is a hard working coach…coaches want to win in the worst way…need the right kids to be able to do that…I know Butch Jones at Cincinnati well too, especially because of his time at CMU.

TCR:  Are there any incredibly early sparks between CMU and your players in the 2012 class?

Too early…but coaches are always coming here looking to recruit kids.  Right now, we have kids preparing for their freshman year; it’s a whole new experience going to college.  The kids who have gone to CMU have done well.

Coach Fracassa is really personable and we had a good conversation.  As such, the transcription is not exact but is meant to highlight some key points, mostly in Coach’s own language.  As a people person, he also took an interest in my personal life and various passions, even recommending a book – The Energy Bus by Josh Gordon.  Sounds like a good, quick read, Coach – thanks!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 10:39 pm and is filed under Al Fracassa, Brother Rice High School, Interviews, Tim Hamilton. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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7 Responses to “The Most Successful Coach in Michigan Football History Talks CMU”


    Tim Hamilton will look very good in the Maroon and Gold and off the field as well! A great catch for Enos and for Tim also! Welcome aboard, Tim.

  2. Mike

    Coach Al Fracassa is a legend. Great interview!

  3. JourneyChip

    Fantastic article Andrew!


    Keep the Maroon & Gold pipeline flowing!

  5. Andrew

    Glad you guys enjoyed the interview. I had a good time doing it.

  6. Terry Fouchey

    I played for Coach Fracassa during his last year at Shrine in 1968 before he left for Brother Rice . He was a legendary figure at Shrine and he hasn’t changed a bit.

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