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Frosty Ferzacca
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born(1908-01-29)January 29, 1908
Iron Mountain, Michigan
DiedAugust 13, 2004(2004-08-13) (aged 96)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Head coaching record
Overall58–36–4 (college football)
Tournaments0–0–1 (NAIA playoffs)

Faust L. "Frosty" Ferzacca (January 29, 1908 – August 13, 2004) was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Marquette University from 1954 to 1955 and at Northern Michigan University from 1957 to 1965, compiling a career college football record of 58–36–4. He then worked as the athletic director at Eastern Michigan University from 1966 to 1973 and at Florida International University from 1974 to 1975 before serving as the commissioner of the Mid-Continent Conference—now known as the Summit League—from 1982 to 1988.

Early life and playing careerEdit

Ferazza was a native of Iron Mountain, Michigan and attended Iron Mountain High School.[1] He moved on to Lake Forest College in 1927, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.[2] Ferazza played minor league baseball for the Superior Blues of the Northern League in 1933.

Coaching careerEdit

Ferzacca starting his coaching career at Iron Mountain High School.[1] He also coached in Montreal, Wisconsin before moving to Green Bay West High School in 1937 as an assistant football coach and head basketball coach. In 1945, Ferzacca became head football coach at Green Bay West when illness forced his predecessor, Lars Thune, to retire. At this point, Ferzacca gave up his responsibilities as basketball coach but also served at the school's athletic director and track coach. Ferzacca remained as the head football coach at Green Bay West for nine seasons, through 1953, leading his team to five Fox River Valley championships and an overall record of 62–16–3.

In January 1954, Ferzacca was named the head football coach at Marquette University, succeeding Lisle Blackbourn, who had taken the head coaching job with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Ferzacca signed a three-year contact with Marquette that paid him an annual salary of $10,000. In 1950, Ferzacca had been offered a position as backfield coach at Marquette under Blackbourn, but remained at Green Bay West when he signed a new contract with the high school that reportedly gave him "substantial benefits".[3]

DeathEdit

Ferzacca died on August 13, 2004 at a nursing home in Green Bay, Wisconsin.[1]

Head coaching recordEdit

College footballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Marquette Warriors (Independent) (1954–1955)
1954 Marquette 3–5–1
1955 Marquette 2–6–1
Marquette: 5–11–2
Northern Michigan Wildcats () (1957–1965)
1957 Northern Michigan 6–2
1958 Northern Michigan 5–5
1959 Northern Michigan 6–2
1960 Northern Michigan 8–1–1 T NAIA Semifinal
1961 Northern Michigan 6–2
1962 Northern Michigan 6–3
1963 Northern Michigan 4–4–1
1964 Northern Michigan 5–3
1965 Northern Michigan 7–3
Northern Michigan: 53–25–2
Total: 58–36–4
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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