Francis P. Bach

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The Bach family of Mt. Carmel and Mt. Carmel Catholic High School has made a significant contribution to Coal Region sports. The youngest of the family Frank has also kept the banner flying as an athlete and citizen.

Frank’s senior year in High School was the first year of the jointure between Mt. Carmel Catholic and Lourdes. Despite being the new kid on the block he was a co-captain of the Lourdes squad and at season’s end was named the team’s outstanding lineman. He also led the team to the Anthracite Catholic League Championship.

He was recruited by Dave Nelson to play at the University of Delaware, and quickly established himself there. However, a recurring shoulder injury cut his athletic career short. He never forgot why he was there, however; he graduated from Delaware on time in 1969 with a degree in Chemistry. He received a fellowship from the University and got his Masters Degree in Natural Science in 1970.

He then coached and taught at Dover High School for several years…but got the bug to change careers and in 1977 graduated from Widener University School of Law.

He went to work for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is now the Assistant Council of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

He has remained interested and committed to Coal Region Sports. He has been an assistant coach at Holy Spirit ever since…and serves on the School Board of both Lourdes High School and the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

Categories: 1997 Hall of Fame