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Francis "Fran" Sheehan - Sun Prairie

03/01/1993, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born September 12, 1911 Arena, Wisconsin

Fran began his teaching and coaching career at Arena Union Free High School in 1936. He was hired as principal, teacher and coach. He moved to Blanchardville in 1939, where he taught and coached football, basketball and baseball until 1943.

From February of 1943, until November of 1945, Fran served in the U.S. Navy. After the war he started teaching and coaching at Sun Prairie High School, where he stayed until his retirement in 1976.

During his career Fran coached four different sports for a total of 112 seasons. His football record before retirement was 195 wins, 70 losses, 4 ties and 14 championships. His basketball teams at Sun Prairie won 311 games and 9 championships. His track teams won 3 championships. He also coached baseball and served as athletic director for many years.

In addition to his teaching career he served for 37 years with the Parks and Recreation Department of Sun Prairie, beginning the summer program of recreation in 1946. After retirement he worked full time for the Parks and Recreation Department until January of 1983.

Fran has been coaching football at Sacred Heart Grade School since 1976 and has been athletic director since 1984. He is a charter member of the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The season of 1992 at Sacred Heart completed his 57th year of coaching football.

This is an outstanding accomplishment and it is only fitting that "Fran" Sheehan be honored with this Gold Service Award.

"57 Years of Coaching Football in Wisconsin"

Tag(s): Hall of Fame