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Frank Flesch SM HOF

 

Welcome to Class of '71 St. Mary's Hall of Fame Page

 

Frank Flesch

At a sold out banquet on November 17, 2012 over 400 were present in St. Mary's Gym to honor all 2012 inductees along with Frank Flesch as they entered St. Mary's Hall of Fame. 

Many of us remember Frank as the always smiling, wise-cracking guy wearing the big St Mary's letter sweater.  We may even reacall he was a key member of the 1970 State Champion Soccer team.  We may not be familiar with all of his athletic and other accomplishments.  This page is to honor Frank's accomplishments that gained him entry into St Mary's Hall of Fame.

 

 

Fun Facts about Frank

Frank didn't play soccer at SM until his junior year.  Frank was recruited by John Roeslein '71 to play on what was to be the 1970 Missouri State Championship team. 

Frank's chosen sport was baseball.  As a freshman at St Mary's it was Frank's great speed that got him cut from the team...Coach Newhouse wanted him for track!

Frank lettered 3-years as a Varsity Band flute player!

Both Frank's sons; Tom and Frank II were on St Mary's championship athletic teams.  Frank II played on the 2000 State Champion soccer team.  Tom played on the 2002 State Champion runner-up baseball team.

Fall 1969, playing B-team football at SM wearing number 41 (soon to be Tom Garavaglia's number) Frank, channeling Mike Summers '68, was called up to play varsity football for the final two games of the season.

Frank played C-team basketball.  Always displaying good sportsmanship, Frank never once slam-dunked the ball.

 

  

The following was submitted 12-2-2011 on Frank's behalf to St. Mary's Hall of Fame Committee. 

Tony Davis; President St Mary's Alumni Association,

Again, thanks for doing such a nice job last night at the SM Alumni Christmas Party. Happy to learn we agree Frank Flesch should be inducted as an individual athlete into St Mary's Hall of fame. Being classmates of Frank's we witnessed first hand his athletic abilities while at St Mary's.  At every match all of us were thrilled watching his skill and agility on the soccer field. What made it more exciting was, with Frank's explosive speed and power, he played like a man twice his size. Being the consummate nice-guy, Frank transcended clicks and petty squabbles that often occur in high school and was truly liked and respected by every teacher, coach and member of our class. As his classmates and friends, we are honored nominate Frank Flesch for the St Mary's Hall of Fame.

Attached is the dossier as promised. If you need additional information please let us know.

Best regards,

Daniel Armbruster '71,                     

Rick LaGrotta '71

 

Frank J. Flesch

St Mary’s Class of ‘71

St Mary’s High School Hall of Fame Bio

Nominated by: Rick LaGrotta and Daniel Armbruster on behalf of SM class ‘71

 

Soccer:

Youth leagues

SECO Jets - National Junior Cup Champion - 1971 (Coached by T.D. Vasquez)

 

St Mary’s Soccer

1969-1970            State Championship team

1970-1971            Runner up State Championship team

1971                     Soccer – MVP


University of Missouri Saint Louis

1973                     NCAA Division II National Soccer Championship team

1971, 1974           Outstanding College Athlete of America

1974                     All Midwest Selection

1974                     Selected to Participate in the Senior Bowl

1974                     MVP

1974                     Recipient of the Timothy F. Smith Leadership & Sportsmanship Award

1971-1974            Career Scoring Leader

2004                     Inducted into UMSL Sports Hall of Fame

 

Professional

1975                     #1 draft-pick Denver Kicks of the NASL

 

Adult Club play

1971-1980 Kutis Soccer Club

League champion 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978

Missouri Open champion 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979

John Marre Cup champion 1977

Kutis St. Louis All-Star (All-Stars vs. VFB Stuttgart) - 1978

Kutis St. Louis Stars Booster Club - Outstanding Amateur Player Senior Division - 1974

 

Other Honors

2012 elected Treasurer of executive board of St Louis Soccer HOF

2009 Inducted into St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame

1993 Inducted into St Mary’s HOF with 1970 State Champion Soccer Team

 

Coached

Youth Soccer

 

Multi-Sport Athlete at St. Mary’s

              St Mary’s Track 1968, 1969, 1970

              St Mary’s B-Team Football 1968

              St Mary’s C-Team Basketball 1967-8

              St Mary's C-Team Football 1967

 

Meritorious Service to St Mary’s High School

2011 volunteered for many weeks to inventory, codify and manage bequeathed assets of Leo’s Liquor Store for the benefit of St Mary’s High School

St Mary’s Alumni Association 20+ years

President: 4 years

Vice President:  2yrs

Treasurer: 4yrs

Secretary for 4 yrs

Past President

Currently chairman of the finance committee of St Mary’s Board of Directors

20-years St Mary’s Football Home game play-by-play announcer

Father of two St. Mary’s Graduates

Class of ’71 perennial reunion co-chairman

 

2009 when Frank was inducted into the St Louis Soccer HOF the following was posted in the program:

POSITION PLAYED: Wingback
YEARS PLAYED: 14 

1971-74  UMSL
1971-80  Kutis                                   

CHAMPIONSHIPS:
1973                                   UMSL NC-NCAA Division 2 National Champs
1972-74-75-76-77-78         Kutis St. Louis League Champs
1977                                   Kutis MO Amateur Cup Champions
1977                                   Kutis Johnnie Marre Cup Champs
1973-74-75-76-77-79         Kutis MO Open Cup Champions 

HONORS & AWARDS:

1972-74                UMSL Outstanding College Athlete of America
1974                     UMSL All Midwest Selection
1974                     UMSL Selected to participate in Senior Bowl
1974                     UMSL MVP
1974                     Timothy F. Smith Sportsmanship Award Recipient
1975                     Drafted by Denver Kicks (NASL)
2004                     UMSL Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

 

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