|Title:||Head Wrestling Coach|
|College:||West Chester University|
Since Bill Racich became Ursinus College's Head Wrestling Coach in the 1980-81 season, the team has won more matches than in its previous 52-year history. He has a 463-111-8 overall record in 32 years of coaching. Racich also ranks first in wins among all men's single sport coaches ever to serve at the college and is 9th on the all-time winningest coach list for wrestling among all divisions. He was recently elected NWCA Division III Secretary and serves as a mentor in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy.
Under Racich, the Bears have won nine Centennial Conference (CC) titles, including five consecutive from 2003-07 to become the only school in CC history to capture five straight titles. He has coached 43 Centennial Conference Champions and over two hundred Middle Atlantic and Centennial Conference place winners. Racich has seen 15 All-Americans and two GTE- Co Sida Academic All-Americans go through his program. In the Centennial Conference, four Ursinus wrestlers won the prestigious Chris Clifford while six others were named Outstanding Wrestler at the Championship meet.
In 2001, Racich was inducted in to the Ursinus College Hall of Fame for Athletes. Perhaps even more impressive is the academic success his student-athletes have enjoyed through the years. Under Racich, fifty-five (55) Ursinus wrestlers have been named NCAA Division III Scholar All-Americans, including five in 2005.
During his 32 years at Ursinus, the Bears' wrestling teams have never had a losing season. Racich's 1988-89 team set the current standard of 21 dual meet wins. As a Head Coach, Racich was named Coach of the Year on twelve different occasions while in the Pennsylvania Ches-Mont League, Middle Atlantic Conference and Centennial Conferences. Ursinus College is home of three highly competitive and prestigious wrestling tournaments directed by Bill Racich. Ursinus plays host the Fall Brawl, North-South Duals and the Will Abele Invitational. Racich also directs the Citrus Invitational held in Ft Lauderdale, FL each December. Teams from all divisions have wrestled at the Ursinus College events, including National powers, Wartburg, Augsburg, Wisconsin Lacrosse, Cornell College and Upper Iowa to name a few.
On the International scene Ursinus College was host to the USA – Russia World Dual meet in 1997 which was televised by ESPN 2. Bill received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding and invaluable service to the community from United States Congressmen from Jim Fox following the USA- Russia World Dual meet. He is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certificate coach and in 1998 guided a College Exchange Team to the Dominican Republic which competed in Greco-Roman and Freestyle against the Dominicans and Cubans. In 2003 Ursinus College was an International Training training site for the Freestyle World Championships. Teams training at Ursinus included the Men and Women’s 2003 World Freestyle Champions, Georgia Republic and Japan. The French Men and Women’s Freestyle teams also trained at Ursinus. Several Ursinus College wrestlers have travelled to Bulgaria, Turkey and Siberia to train with the Division III Cultural Exchange teams.
Such success isn't new to the Ursinus coach. At West Chester University, Bill was a four-year varsity performer and was team captain in 1974-75. He was a four-time conference finalist and a two-time NCAA Division I qualifier. In 1974 he as a Middle Atlantic Conference champion at 118 pounds. His West Chester team was Middle Atlantic Conference Champions in 1971, 1972 and 1974. In 1975 he was East Coast Conference Champion at 126 pounds and captained the team that defeated Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana on a Midwest tour. In 1978 he placed fourth in the USA National Open Freestyle Championships at 136.5 helping his New York Athletic Club win United States Wrestling Federation Championships.
In addition to his wrestling accomplishments, Bill was a high level rugby player since competing for Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS 1971 and a founding member of the West Chester University Rugby Club. Following college he continued his rugby career playing for Turks Head RFC and then onto national power Philadelphia-Whitemarsh Rugby Club. His PWRFC team won the East Penn Rugby Union multiple times, Can-Am Championships, USA East Region titles, placed second in the 1989 Men’s USA Rugby Championships and in 1999 his team won the USA Rugby 7’s National title. He served as a 12 term President of the Philadelphia Whitemarsh Rugby Club and played on two tours to Europe, the North Sea Tour (1992) and the Stockholm International 10’s Championships (1996).
Racich demands that his student-athletes produce in the classroom as well as in the wrestling room. All senior letter winners Racich has coached have graduated from Ursinus -- a statistic that particularly pleases Racich, because he knows academics and athletics are a winning combination.
Bill has been inducted into the Conshohocken Sports Hall of Fame (1986), West Chester Wrestling Hall of Fame, Philadelphia-Whitemarsh Rugby Hall of Fame (1999), Plymouth-Whitemarsh Distinguished Graduates Hall of Fame, Ursinus College Hall of Fame for Athletes (2001), Southeast Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (2003), Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2003) and the Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2003).
Bill and his wife Julia reside in Collegeville, PA and he is employed as District Chair for Health and Physical Education (K-12) in the Spring-Ford Area School District. He is also serves as the Middle School Athletics Coordinator and coaches Cross Country and Track in the district. His son Cole is a 2007 Ursinus College graduate and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2012.