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