Padua players and coaches of the 1974 Crown Conference Championship will re-unite on the school’s campus on Friday, September 19, 2014 to celebrate the Bruins memorable season. Several events are planned as well as a special on field recognition of the ’74 team during halftime of the Padua – Perry game on Friday at 7 p.m. The ’74 Bruins enjoyed what’s still believed by many as the best football season in Padua’s history, highlighted by the defeat of the unbeaten and state ranked St. Edward Eagles. It was this victory that propelled the Bruins to their first Crown Championship and a #1 rating in the greater Cleveland area.
The ’74 Bruins were led by Coach Chuck Priefer. Coach Priefer was named the Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year in 1974. After leaving Padua in 1976, Priefer continued his football coaching at Miami University, winning the MAC championship in 1978. His success as a coach also landed him positions at North Carolina and Georgia Tech. In 1984 he advanced to the professional coaching ranks with the Green Bay Packers before eventually moving on as a special teams coach with the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Lions. Coach Priefer was inducted to the Padua Franciscan Hall of Fame in 2001.