January 1, 1922|
Melrose Park, Illinois
May 21, 2007 (aged 85)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 IIAC (1949)|
Vincent DiFrancesca (January 1, 1922 – May 21, 2007) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Western Illinois University from 1949 to 1953, at Iowa State University from 1954 to 1956, and at Carroll College—now known as Carroll University—in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 1959 to 1971, compiling a career college football coaching record of 106–71–7.
DiFrancesca was the head football coach at Western Illinois Leathernecks in Macomb, Illinois and he held that position for five seasons, from 1949 until 1953. His career coaching record at Western Illinois was 38–7–1. Under DiFrancesca's leadership, Western's team was ranked among the best offensive and defensive teams in the nation for five years.
DiFrancesca's final head coaching job was as the 22nd head football coach at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and he held that position for 13 seasons, from 1959 until 1971. His record at Carroll was 62–43–5.
DiFrancesca died in May 2007 and was the father of both national radio talkshow host Janet Parshall of Janet Parshall's America and the late Charlie DiFrancesca, the subject of the book "Charlie Di: The Story of The Legendary Bond Trader", by William D. Fallon. And, his youngest son John Di Francesca. DiFrancesca also had a wife Margret, who was a proud Icelandic, Baptist, Republican who converted Vince to her beliefs. The Di Francesca family came from Italy, lived in Evanston, Illinois on Ashland Ave. Raised Roman Catholic, mother Elizabeth Farina Di Francesca and father Salvatore, "Sam". Vince had two older brothers, Pete and Sam. All are deceased now.
Head coaching record
|Western Illinois Leathernecks (Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1949–1953)|
|1949||Western Illinois||9–1||4–0||1st||W Corn|
|1953||Western Illinois||8–2||5–1||2nd||W Corn|
|Iowa State Cyclones (Big Seven Conference) (1954–1956)|
|Carroll Pioneers (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) (1959–1971)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- In Memoriam, Spring 2008, Northwestern University
- "Western Illinois Coaching Records". Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
- Alumni Association: Community: Western Illinois University
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2006-05-16.
- "Iowa State Coaching Records". Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- "Carroll University Athletics Hall of Fame". Carroll University. Retrieved June 27, 2013.