Al­geo doc­u­men­tary film in the works

The Globe - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter

A doc­u­men­tary chroniFOLnJ WKH 44-yHDU FDUHHU RI for­mer Lans­dale Catholic football coach Jim Al­geo is in the works.

The doc­u­men­tary, en­ti­tled Football Fam­ily, is right now in its early stages and is cur­rently rais­ing money for the pro­ject. The fundrais­ing cam­paign was launched on the pop­u­lar web­site for in­GHSHnGHnW fiOPPDNHUV, .LFN Starter, which helps en­able creative projects to get the sup­port of backers and help de­fray costs as­so­ci­ated with the ef­fort.

“It’s a story worth telling,” said Brid­get Al­geo Le­tukas, WKH fiIWK RI WKH AOJHR’V nLnH chil­dren.

To get things un­der­way, LHWuNDV HnOLVWHG 1986 LC grad­u­ate Michael Wag­ner, of the TV and Film Depart­ment of DeSales Univer­sity, and LC par­ent Joe Wengyn, of Ta­maron Video.

Wag­ner has both played and coached for LC, while WHnJyn KDV GRnH JDPH fiOP and high­light video for the school’s football pro­gram.

His son, Max, is en­ter­ing his se­nior year with the Cru­saders.

Right now, the group is con­duct­ing in­ter­views with for­mer play­ers and also gath­er­ing old pho­tos as well as DVDs. Video clips along with black­DnG-wKLWH filP UHHlV DUH DlVR in the mix. Pic­tures of LC’s 1978 In­ter-County League cham­pi­onship team, with the tro­phy in hand, have al­ready been added.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” said Le­tukas. “It’s re­ally amaz­ing to be able to re-con­nect with ev­ery­body in­volved.”

Al­geo took over as head coach at LC back in 1968 and for the next four-plus decades, words like char­ac­ter, heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion would con­stantly be as­so­ci­ated with Cru­saders football.

A mem­ber of the National High School Ath­letic Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame, Al­geo com­piled a 293-18215 record at LC, in­clud­ing an un­de­feated sea­son in 1972 and a state cham­pi­onship in 2004.

“2nH RI WKH fiUVW VHDVRnV I can re­mem­ber is the 1972 team, and that was the same year the Mi­ami Dol­phins went un­de­feated,” Le­tukas said. “And be­cause of that, I just thought this must hap­pen all of the time in football — some­body goes un­de­feated.”

She re­calls that mem­ory with a chuckle, now know­ing just how rare un­de­feated sea­sons are. Even more rare is a state cham­pi­onship, which LC cap­tured in 2004. The Class AA ti­tle run looks to be a ma­jor part of the doc­u­men­tary, and sort of where the plans for WKH SURMHFW fiUVW EHJDn.

Le­tukas had been workLnJ Rn D fiFWLRnDl VFUHHnSlDy which would in­clude some ele­ments of LC’s 2004 state ti­tle team. But when the sea­son wrapped up, she felt that the real-life story of Lans­dale Catholic football would be even bet­ter.

“This is a la­bor of love be­ing done with a lot of heart and ex­per­tise and an im­mense amount of footage and peo­ple in­volved, but on a ra­zor-thin bud­get,” said Le­tukas, whose team has set an Aug. 2 dead­line to raise funds. “There’s a pres­sure there due to the nar­row time frame, but this ap­proach also gath­ers more peo­ple into the doc­u­men­tary. And peo­ple work­ing to­gether to ac­com­plish a shared mis­sion is a PDMRU WKHPH RI WKH filP.”

Sup­port­ers can par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ject at

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ANDY STET­TLER

A doc­u­men­tary is in the works on for­mer Lans­dale Catholic football coach Jim Al­geo, here with his wife Mickey.

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