THS Class of 1972 varsity football team to be honored at first home game
The Tecumseh Indian’s No. 1 ranked Class B state football team of 1972 will be honored during halftime of Tecumseh High School’s first home varsity football game against Ann Arbor Huron on Friday, Sept. 7, with members, including the head coach Tom Fagan, attending. Bob Ondrovick, a first-year assistant coach on the 1972 team, helped organize the event in honor of the team’s 40th anniversary this year.
“We’re going to have a hospitality, greeting tent before the game so you should be able to pop in there and see coach Fagan,” said Ondrovick. “We’ve invited the coaching staff, the players, cheerleaders and support staff.”
Ondrovick said that Fagan celebrated his 80th birthday this spring. Fagan began coaching in Tecumseh back in 1962 when taking the varsity team over from Duncan Lecta. Ten years later Fagan and the Indians would stand out as one of the very best in the state.
The Indians went undefeated (9-0) for just the third time in their long history in ‘72 with a huge two-point, 14-12 victory over archrival Adrian. Fagan announced in his weekly Tecumseh Herald column, Coach’s Corner, that just days after the win the Detroit News announced Tecumseh was the No. 1 ranked Class B team in the state.
“The tremendous team unity, the total commitment and togetherness that this group demonstrated throughout the season made the reaching of these goals possible and made the season all the more enjoyable for everyone concerned,” Fagan said in the column.
An insert should be included in the programs that evening with information on the team.
After the halftime event highlighting the team, fans are invited to the T-Club for more socialization with Fagan and his boys.
“I was a first year coach and teacher and couldn’t have asked for a better situation coming in with a coaching staff of Tom Fagan, who was very well renown, Pat Connors Sr., also well renown, and another gentleman named Wayne Nix, who was an outstanding coach and who’s since passed away. I was like a little kid in a candy store,” Ondrovick said. “Those guys were like my fathers.”
The undefeated season was Fagan’s first. He joined then retired high school principal Neville Hart and the late Dunc Letka to give the Indians three undefeated season’s of varsity football.
Tecumseh’s 2012 varsity team goes into its game against Ann Arbor Huron on Sept. 7 at home with an undefeated record of 2-0 after defeating Grandville Calvin Christian 45-20 on Aug. 30.