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Incredible legacy left by former Parsons College football coach Frosty Westering

He went on to do incredible things over a 40-year career. Things that went beyond just winning football games.

Sure, he did plenty of that over the years. Frosty Westering carved out a legendary 305-96-7 record over 40 seasons at three different schools, coaching with success on different colligiate levels.

Westering passed away earlier this month at the age of 85, causing several people to talk about a man that had earned so much respect for doing so much more than just winning football games. He brought his team together by truly paying attention to every detail and by making sure every individual was made to feel like a part of the team.

The native of Council Bluffs road to the College Football Hall of Fame started at nearby Parsons College in Fairfield, where Westering took over the Wildcats in 1962 for his first year as a head coach. It turned out to be one of his best as Parsons went undefeated with a 9-0 record in that initial year under Westering before going 5-4 the following season.

Westering would move on the next year to Lea College in Minnesota, compiling a 27-22-2 record over six seasons before heading to the great northwest for the stop that would make Westering a hall-of-fame coach. Taking over at Pacific Lutheran in Parkland, Washington, Westering would coach from 1972 to 2003, compiling a 262-70-5 record over 32 seasons while winning four national championships over that span.

But perhaps more importantly, Westering’s lasting legacy is the individual focus he invested into each individual player. Westering was remembered for his three-day “Breakaways,” where players swapped drills for team-building activities and bonding moments. His post-game tradition, called “Afterglows,” were known for hugs and compliments.

“A championship, in the world, gives you authenticity that you did it,” Westering told a Pacific Lutheran publication in 2003 shortly after retiring. “But that really doesn’t say anything until you ask, ‘What was the trip like?’ The trip was the greatest thing in life whether we won or lost.”

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