Visitation and Funeral Arrangements Announced for Beloved Brother Rice Coach

Brother Rice High School remembers Coach Tom Mitchell who died of an apparent heart attack at age 72 on Tuesday.


Brother Rice High School has announced the visitation and funeral arrangments for late Coach Tom Mitchell, who was the Crusaders' head football coach from 1967 to 1995.

Coach Mitchell died at age 72 of an apparant heart attack on Tuesday. His body will lie in state in Brother Rice High School's main gym from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. An ongoing reception will be held in the north gym during visitation.

Watch the Tom Mitchell Retirement Tribute by Brother Rice High School.

The coach led the Crusaders to an IHSA state championship in 1981, and the runner up in 1985, as well as two Chicago Prep Bowl Championships.

The funeral mass will be at Most Holy Redeemer Parish at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Friends and family are asked to gather for the funeral mass at Most Holy Redeember, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave., Evergreen Park. The interment will be private.

Brother Rice alumnus and school marketing director/web designer Brian Barkowski '95, has assembled a moving tribute to the coach that includes memories from former students and players, teachers and rivals.

Said a fellow teacher: "I remember teaching a freshman who had Tom as his counselor, and I told him there was something bothering the kid.  Tom wasted no time talking to the kid and soon learned the kid was having trouble with his father.  Whatever Tom said to the father and son turned out to be a life-changing experience for both of them, as both became better men for the rest of their lives.”

Read the full tribute, "We Remember the Life of Tom Mitchell."


Ron Madrick January 25, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Coach Tom Mitchell was a great freind,coach,teammate and mentor for me through out my life.I will always be led by his influence on me as a man,father,and coach.May Our Lady of Mt.Carmel pray for coach Mitchell and all the young men he influenced by his presence. God Bless, Ron Madrick
John S Fazy January 25, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Coach Mitchell was a great man & educator. I was a baseball player, but he would still take time out to stop me in the hall or gym and ask me how the team was doing and how it was going for myself. After high school he would always stop to talk when I ran into him mostly at White Hen or around Mt.Greenwood or EP. He made a very positive influence on my life. He was a great Crusader! RIP John Fazy '71
Coach's Fan January 25, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Who wrote this? First the story states that Coach was the head coach from 67 to 1975. Later it states, "The coach led the Crusaders to an IHSA state championship in 1981, and the runner up in 1985, as well as two Chicago Prep Bowl Championships."
Kelly January 25, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Hey Coach's Fan: Ever hear of a typo?? The 7 & 8 are right next to each other.....
Coach's Fan January 26, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Kelly: Ever hear of an editor or proof reading?


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