“I always believed and wanted to be an NFL head coach.”

That’s what Frank M. Reich said when he was first named head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last spring. Now Frank Reich’s dream has been realized even more; last night the Cedar Crest graduate led the team in a 21-9 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Frank’s father was Frank J. Reich of Steelton. A Marine who served in Korea, he graduated from Penn State in 1956 where he was a co-captain and among the last players at Penn State to play a full 60 minutes in a game. Reich was head coach of Lebanon High School and an assistant coach at Lebanon Valley College.

Reich played for Cedar Crest and can be seen in this August 1977 picture of the varsity squad.

Frank Reich is in the front row, third from the right.

Reich landed in Indianapolis after playing a role in last year’s 41-33 Super Bowl win by the Philadelphia Eagles. (Coincidentally, his dad had an offer to join the Eagles after college, but opted to return to Lebanon for a teaching and coaching career. 

He’s worked for Jim Caldwell, Tony Dungy, Mike McCoy, Doug Pederson, and now, Jim Irsay.

Career before becoming Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts

2006-2007, Intern with the Colts
2008-2011, Offensive Asst. Coach with the Colts
2012, Wide Receivers Coach with the Cardinals
2013, Quarterbacks Coach with the Chargers
2013-2014, Offensive Coordinator with the Chargers
2016-2017, Offensive Coordinator with the Eagles

According to Lebanon sportswriter Jeff Falk, Reich is the only Lebanon native to ever hold a head coach position in the National Football League.

Next week, the Colts come to Philly to face the Eagles in a 1:00pm showdown. No doubt many Lebanon viewers will find their emotions mixed watching this hometown favorite play his former employers and the winners of Super Bowl LII. Go Birds.


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