For the first time in forty five years there will be a new man in charge of the Brother Rice Football program. Brother Rice President John Birney ’76 and Principal Brother Michael Segvich, CFC are proud to announce that Dave Sofran will be the 6th varsity coach in program history. Sofran will succeed his mentor and friend Albert Fracassa who retired this year after 45 years with the program and 10 state championships including this year’s three-peat.
Birney said, “You can never replace an Al Fracassa. He’s the winningest coach in the state’s history and one of the most important men in our school’s heritage. We had to find a guy who was not just going to be about winning.” He added, “We had to make sure that we found a coach who would insist on turning boys into more complete men. Someone who would not just demand excellence on the field, but would encourage excellence in the classroom, to be leaders in their communities and to be men of faith.“
Sofran is a ’96 graduate of Brother Rice where he was a standout quarterback, wide receiver and free safety. He went on to play 4 years of NCAA football at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he started in 44 consecutive games and was a team co-captain in 1999. While in college, he was the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a participant in the NCAA Leadership Conference and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He also made the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team throughout his career and earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Secondary Education.
Upon graduation Sofran returned home and began working at his Alma Mater as the school’s first ever Alumni Coordinator and joined Coach Fracassa’s football staff as the receivers and special teams coach. In 2000 he took over the admissions office where he continues to work today. He was promoted to offensive coordinator on the football staff in 2011 and assistant head coach in 2012. In the last 3 years he made his mark on the program by guiding the record setting offenses of the past 3 state champion teams. He also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the scholar athletes looking to play in college. In the last three years he’s helped over 30 Warriors achieve their dreams of playing in college.
Coach Fracassa was very pleased with the decision. “I’ve known David since he was in 4th grade and he came to my football camp. He was a leader for me as a player and he has been with me longer than almost any other assistant coach. I’m so happy he is getting this opportunity and I’m sure he’ll be successful. He’s one of my boys.”
Principal, Br Segvich, CFC said, “We are blessed that Alumni like Dave continue to come back and help the next generation of students. He has a tremendous work ethic as a staff member and I’m sure that the demands he puts on the students to compete off the field and in in the classroom will continue in his new role.”
While coaching at Brother Rice he has been a part of 14 consecutive playoff appearances, 7 state final appearances, and 5 state championships. He was the recipient of the MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2010.
Dave and his wife Heather are grade school sweethearts and the proud parents of son Peyton (6) and daughter Sadie (4). Including his high school and college experience, Coach Sofran has been involved with Brother Rice football for 20 years and is a proud member of the football tradition of excellence.
When asked about the news Sofran was still a little overwhelmed. He said, “I’m incredibly humbled. It’s such a tremendous honor and something I’ve prayed for since coach announced his retirement. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to continue working with these great kids and coaches and succeed my good friend and mentor, Coach Fracassa.” He continued, “You never replace a legend, but I think that in my years of working under him he’s taught me that caring for the people you coach and their success in life is more important than just winning. If we do things the right way and make sure that these boys become more complete men, the winning will come.”
Athletic Director Regis Cavender added, “The selection committee received a number of applications and we interviewed some excellent candidates. We wanted to find a coach that understood the demands of the program’s success, but didn’t put winning over our mission of faith and character. Dave has demonstrated this in the past and we know he will continue to be a leader in this school and a successful coach.”
Brother Rice High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men. Inspired by the Essential Elements of a Christian Brother Education, the school fosters the spiritual, intellectual, cultural and physical development of its students. The Brother Rice Community promotes excellence through an environment conducive to life-long personal growth, responsible moral choices and critical thinking.
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