Saturday, October 1, 2016

Brother Rice High School to Rename Football Field After Late, Legendary Coach Tom Mitchell

Brother Rice High School will officially dedicate "Coach Tom Mitchell Field" before the Crusaders' take on Mt. Carmel this Friday, Sept. 30

CHICAGO, IL -- To anyone familiar with Brother Rice High School, Tom Mitchell was a coach, teacher, mentor, counselor and friend. Mitchell, who passed away at age 72 in 2013, was the Crusaders’ head football coach from 1967 to 1993, and left a lasting impact on his players, students and colleagues.
This Friday, Sept. 30, Brother Rice will honor the late coach’s amazing legacy by officially renaming the football field “Coach Tom Mitchell Field” at Gary Little Stadium, 10001 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago. The dedication will take place prior to kickoff at 7:30 p.m., when Brother Rice takes on Mt. Carmel High School, which also happens to be the late coach’s high school alma mater.
A 1959 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, Mitchell joined Brother Rice as the head football coach in 1967 at the tender age of 26. He served in that role until his retirement in 1993. His sons, Timothy and Thomas, Jr., are both 1983 graduates of Brother Rice.
During his career at Brother Rice, Mitchell coached 1,100 players. The coach led the Crusaders to the IHSA Class 6A State Championship in 1981, and was the Class 6A runner-up in 1985. He also laid claim to two Chicago Prep Bowl Championships in 1975 and 1980.
Mitchell was a member of Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Mitchell was also an inductee into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of FameBrother Rice Alumni Association Halls of Fame, and was a charter inductee in Brother Rice’s “Circle of Champions.”
As head coach of the Crusaders, Mitchell posted at 170-95 record, but the numbers in the win-loss column were not as important to him as were the life lessons of sportsmanship, integrity and never giving up that he imparted to his players and coaches.
Oak Lawn resident and Brother Rice alumni Tom Phelan, who played under Mitchell from 1980 to 1984, recalled Mitchell as a humble and down-to-earth man, despite all of his coaching success.
“To the thousands of young men who attended Brother Rice when Tom Mitchell was there he was equal part father-figure, disciplinarian and equal part friend,” Phelan said. “He remembered students and players by first and last name, long after they left the classrooms and athletic fields at Brother Rice.”
Before Friday’s dedication, a reception will be held at 5 p.m. for all Crusader alumni, players, coaches and friends in the main entrance foyer. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Donna Eastman at 773-429-4340 or deastman@brrice.org or Coach Brian Badke at 773-429-4477 or bbadke@brrice.org.
For those who cannot attend the reception and dedication, donations are being taken for the Tom Mitchell Scholarship Fund.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom Mitchell was a great coach, better teacher, and even better man.
RIP Coach Mitchell.

Anonymous said...

This guy was at Brother Rice while Uncle Leo from
ISP attended and graduated in '77.
Leo never played football. Always daydreaming about
Helicopters and Armored Personnel Carriers. His dress
uniform has so many medals on the Right side, his
chiropractor thinks he has curvature of the spine.
Leo has the weekend off after busting it last week
trying to catch the Highway Sniper.

country cowboy riding the ol john deere said...

didja get approval from the nogs to rename field?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Plegher supposed to go here? Then, he told Bishop to take a hike!

Anonymous said...

what comes out of a chinamans ass.....rice....rice

Anonymous said...

Coach was always in locker room smacking asses to get you motivated

Anonymous said...

He coached alot of dead cpd officers

Anonymous said...

Bourbon street will name booth after coach

Anonymous said...

He was my teacher for study class and a nigger wouldn't shut up. He told that shine to stand and slapped and punched that greasy nigger until he cried. Name field after him just for that

Tombstone courage said...

He graduated from high school in 1959 at age 15.

Anonymous said...

He still getting paid by park district

Anonymous said...

What a dad
Kid gay other fat pig

Anonymous said...

Thought for sure they would have named it after a Winters brother or some other 399 hack that "almost" went pro.

Anonymous said...

But did he ever do anything meaningful? High School Football Coach? That's really hard, LOL...

Anonymous said...

But did he ever do anything meaningful? High School Football Coach? That's really hard, LOL...

Anonymous said...

Let's rename it US Cellular Field, now that the name is now available.

Anonymous said...

Tombstone courage said...
He graduated from high school in 1959 at age 15.
October 1, 2016 at 10:09 PM

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You are a stupid retarded dumb motherfucking jagoff cunt ie a cocksucking Rita pussy no doubt. You fucking came out of Rita dumber than you went in. Who the fuck taught you math you fucking moron?