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Mike Raich

Football ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Like so many athletes from Monaca, Mike Raich competed in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball. But he shined brightest on the gridiron as a running back, defensive back, and linebacker for the Indians. Mike was a three year starter on teams that went 29-3-1 and won the WPIAL Class A Championship when he was a junior, the same season he was a first team All Conference linebacker. Monaca went undefeated during Mike’s senior season, and Mike earned first team All Conference honors as a running back and as a defensive back, and was named All WPIAL Class A on defense. With a 3.94 grade point average, Mike accepted a scholarship to Cornell University and became a three year starter who became the first Cornell player to return for touchdowns an interception, a punt, and a blocked punt. Mike earned second team All Ivy League honors and made first team All Ivy League his junior and senior years. As a senior, he was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and honorable mention NCAA 1AA All American. Mike was later named to the All Time Cornell University Football Team, receiving more votes than any other defensive back. Mike’s brother, Matt, was also involved in sports, serving as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.