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The Kaskaskia College Blue ...
The Kaskaskia College Blue Angels Volleyball team will take on Lewis and Clark College on September 6 at 6 pm with part of the proceeds going toward the "Fighting for Fred" fund to help long-time Mater Dei coach and educator Fred Rakers in his battle with cancer.
According to the "Fighting for Fred" Facebook page, "Fred Rakers has been a teacher, friend, coach, and role model to children and adults all over Southern Illinois.
battle with cancer.
has been fighting for and with each of us for the past 45 years, it is our turn to fight for him."
Both Blue Angels Assistant Volleyball coach Cortney Crocker, and her sister Chelsea, who plays on the team, were coached by Fred Rakers at Mater Dei High School, and conceived the "Fighting for Fred" game and Facebook page.
Please come out on September 6 at 6 pm and show your support for the Blue Angels and for Fred Rakers
Volleyball - Fred ...
Volleyball - Fred Rakers
Mater Dei High School, Breese, Illinois
The only volleyball coach Mater Dei has ever had, Rakers, 65, brought a sterling 35-year coaching career to an end last fall.
His Knights compiled a 41-1 record, and sent him out a winner.
Ranked No. 26 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, Mater Dei's 15-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy in the 3A state final gave Rakers his sixth state title.
With a career record of 1,046-200-7, Rakers stands No. 2 on the all-time victory list among Illinois coaches.
In addition to his
six state titles - the Knights previously won championships in 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2001 - Rakers'
teams have won 14 state trophies, having finished second once, third four times and fourth three times in 20 state tournament appearances.
also won four district titles, 24 regional championships, 21 sectional titles and 20 super-sectional championships.
Rakers will continue to teach consumer education and career guidance at Mater Dei.
Team USA Thanks Coach Fred ...
Team USA Thanks Coach Fred Rakers
Kristin Richards, Lauren Gibbymeyer, Christa Harmotto, Alisha Glass & Team USA send its best wishes to Fred Rakers, long-time head coach of Mater Dei High School.
Beloved volleyball coach Fred ...
Beloved volleyball coach Fred Rakers, who led Breese Mater Dei to Illinois state titles six times and retired after the 2010 season with 1,046 wins, died Wednesday of cancer.
He was 68 years old.
Rakers started coaching at Mater Dei in 1976 and soon built the Knights into a state power.
first won state in 1987 and won five times thereafter under Rakers
, the last in 2010 when the Knights finished 41-1 and No. 25 in the nation.
Rakers is survived by his wife, Rosie, and three children, including Chad Rakers, who succeeded his father as Mater Dei's head coach in 2011.
Fred Rakers was a great coach, but he wanted little to do with the national media (i.e., PrepVolleyball.com).
Belleville News-Democrat | 09/14/2006 | Mater Dei capitalizes on weakened West team
Mater Dei coach Fred Rakers picked up win No. 880 of his illustrious 31-year coaching career.
It was a carryover from Mater Dei's stunning 17-25, 25-21, 25-21 victory over St. Louis power Cor Jesu on Monday, although Rakers
was worried about a letdown.
"I thought we were ripe," Rakers
"If we're any good, we have to do this more often and we have to maintain the pace," Rakers