FOOTBALL: Lansdale Catholic's Jim Algeo coaches emotional final game

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After coaching his final game at Lansdale Catholic, Jim Algeo walks across the field to congratulate the West Catholic players and coaches.

 

It was a tearful and emotional goodbye Monday night for longtime Lansdale Catholic coach Jim Algeo. The 75-year-old coached for the final time in a 40-8 loss to Catholic League Class AA rival West Catholic.

Algeo's family, including his wife of 52 years, Mickey, was on hand at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Surrounded by his players on the field afterward, Jim Algeo, with his wife by his side, teared up as the PA announcer read his biography and highlighted his coaching accomplishments. He was on the sideline for 44 years at LC and 53 overall.

In 2004, Algeo guided the Crusaders to the PIAA Class AA state championship.

Many of his former players were on hand Monday night. They lined up afterward to shake his hand and offer well wishes.

"Physically, it takes a lot of energy to coach," Jim Algeo told a bunch of reporters. "It's time for me to move on."

Jim, who retired as a business teacher at LC in June, and Mickey Algeo have nine children and 18 grandchildren.

Against West Catholic, LC averted a shutout on sophomore Mike Iacono's 35-yard touchdown run with 2:51 to play.

-Rick O'Brien

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