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About Francis J. Felix '67

Induction Class of 2018

Francis J. Felix is a member of a family that has been part of Delone Catholic High School from the very beginning. His uncle was a member of the first graduating class and later a key figure in the Athletic Association, and his aunts worked in the school cafeteria for many years. He is a member of the Class of 1967, and he has added his own profoundly influential chapter to the Felix family's history with Delone Catholic. He and his wife, Angela (Becker) Felix '72, are the parents of two alumni and have now seen the first of their grandchildren arrive as a Delone Catholic student.

Visibly, Mr. Felix has been a part of the school’s baseball coaching staff since 1990. He was a volunteer assistant junior varsity baseball coach from 1990-1991 before taking over as the head varsity baseball coach from 1992-2002. Since 2003, he has been a volunteer assistant varsity baseball coach. Mr. Felix ended his run as varsity head coach as the program's all-time winningest coach with over 150 wins, four division championships, seven district playoff appearances, two state playoff appearances and the program's first two state playoff wins. During his tenure as a varsity assistant coach, much of which was served as an assistant to his son Alan Felix '93, he has been part of 200+ additional wins, 12 division championships, 14 district playoff appearances, including the program's first district championship in 2013, and two state playoff appearances.

Less visibly, Mr. Felix has also contributed thousands of volunteer hours maintaining the baseball, softball and field hockey fields, mowing and removing snow from school grounds. Mr. Felix has secured volunteer labor and donated materials that have transformed the baseball facility from a diamond and a backstop to a top-notch facility with dugouts, fencing to protect spectators, an outfield fence, an outdoor batting cage and practice pitching mounds, all at no cost to the school or Athletic Association.

Through his efforts, Mr. Felix has made a much safer and better environment to provide opportunities for thousands of Squires and Squirettes, and demonstrated what it means to take pride in a job well done. He has helped his teams to set goals and worked with them to achieve them, but perhaps more importantly, has helped them to learn the lessons of defeats and goals delayed.