Baseball Coach/Administrator, 1962-2007
Serving 46 years in any job, at any place of employment is a virtual professional lifetime. For Frank Misuraca, it was a labor of love.
His dedication and superb service have earned Misuraca election to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
Misuraca served Jesuit High School from 1962-2007, working as a physical education instructor, assistant football, basketball and baseball coach and most notably, as the head baseball coach of the storied Blue Jays baseball team. Misuraca then accepted the charge of serving as Jesuit athletic director for 25 years to conclude his illustrious, meritorious service to one of Louisiana’s most successful and respected institutions.
“I loved my experience at Jesuit and did anything they wanted me to do,” said Misuraca.
From 1964-1965, Misuraca was the head gymnastics coach, with his 1965 squad winning both the city and state championship.
From 1966-1981, Misuraca guided the Jesuit baseball program, both in prep and American Legion. During his tenure, Misuraca and his teams won five state championships (two prep, three legion) and four district championships. The Blue Jays were state runner-up twice in prep.
He was the school’s athletic director from 1978-1981 and again from 1986-2007. Misuraca remains the only athletic director in Louisiana to twice be named Louisiana Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year, capturing the award in 1991 and 1996. He went on to serve as president of the Louisiana High School Athletic Directors’ Association and was an executive board member of the LHSAA which conferred upon him the organization’s “Distinguished Service Award.”
Off the field, Misuraca was the executive administrative assistant to school president Father Harry Thompson from 1981-1986 and worked as prefect of discipline and assistant prefect of discipline over a three-year period. He directed Jesuit’s summer camp program for nine years, taught physical education and social studies.
A graduate of Francis T. Nicholls High School and Southeastern Louisiana University, Misuraca went on to earn a Masters in education from Nicholls State in 1975. He was a star baseball player at SLU and was named first team All-American.
Hall of Fame induction is nothing new for Misuraca. He was inducted into SLU’s Hall of Fame in 1976. He was inducted into Louisiana’s American Italian Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and earned induction into the LHSAA Hall of Fame in 2001.
“There’s nothing better than being honored by your hometown,” said Misuraca. “Those are your peers, people you grew up with and worked with. There is nothing like it. This is a very humbling experience. Having the opportunity to work with the youth of New Orleans was totally rewarding. We were fortunate to work with many fine high school students. We had so many great players like Will Clark, Joe Roussell, Barry Butera. I thank Father Donald Pearce, SJ, for giving me my opportunity at Jesuit. That helped make all of this possible. I feel really blessed.”
Story by Ken Trahan of the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee, July, 2012.