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Bob Raczek: A legacy that lives on


Over the span of 50 years, Pacelli football coach Bob Raczek developed quite the resume. A resume that now only lives on in the record books. Raczek lost his long battle with cancer Sunday at the age of 75.

Raczek is known as one of Wisconsin's most successful football coaches, as he should be. His 527 games coached ranks first in Wisconsin high school football history.

Raczek won 360 total games while coaching at Tri-Country and Pacelli. That mark sits in second place on the all-time wins list.

The legendary coach got started at Tri-County in 1962, but his most notable years came in the 46 seasons he spent at Pacelli.

Raczek's teams played in nine state championship games, winning titles in 1986, 1995, and 2005.

Pacelli Athletic Director John Raflik played for Raczek, and he knows exactly why his coach was so successful.

"He always got the most out of every player. When you came in here as a player you knew you had to work and you had to give it all you had because that's what Coach expected you to do," Raflik recalls.

"I think that's one of the main reasons. Being from small school like we are, to have the success that they've had for the 46 years that he's been here. I think that's the main reason why; kids came and gave their all for him."

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