Louis “Lou” Bach
Lou Bach coached football and track and taught physical education at RLHS from 1951 to 1960. As head football coach for the Warriors, he compiled a 9 year record of 46 wins, 23 losses and 3 ties, including three Ho’N championships and three second place finishes. From 1957 to 1959 his teams were undefeated at home. His 1959 team was the first undefeated team at Rice Lake since 1943 with an 8-0 record that included 6 shutouts, 19 points allowed and ranked 8th in the state for all schools under one class. While at Rice Lake he developed and gave strength to the junior varsity and freshman football teams. In track and field, his teams won 3 conference championships with several individual state participants. He was also Bob Tone’s assistant in basketball, garnering a 4th place finish in the WIAA State Tournament. Lou graduated from Baraboo High School in 1944 as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track, as well as a Golden Gloves boxing champion. From 1944 to 1946 he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. He graduated from La Crosse State College in 1950 with a B.A. in physical education. In 1959 he earned his Masters from La Crosse. Prior to coming to Rice Lake, in 1950 and 1951, Lou coached championship teams in football, basketball and baseball at Cameron High School. After leaving Rice Lake in 1960 he was the football line coach, wrestling coach and track coach at Ripon College. From 1962 to 1988 he was athletic director, head football coach and golf coach at Franklin High School in Franklin, WI. Awards include being selected as an all-conference guard in football at La Crosse State in 1949 while earning 3 letters. In 1950 he was honored at the Eau Claire Leader Champion Coaches Banquet. In 1959 he was the guest speaker at the “Pug” Lund Appreciation Banquet. In 1988, Lou was recognized for 38 years of service by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. He currently resides in Greendale, Wisconsin.