CHICAGO — Bob Bronswick said his dad Sam was a master motivator who knew how to get the best out of his players.
Sam Bronswick, the football head coach at Lane Tech from 1978-93, guided his teams to a 114-40 overall record. He also won a city championship in 1985, went to the state semifinals in 1980 and state quarterfinals in 1989.
"It's because he related to the kids, to the players, very, very well," said Bob Bronswick, who was his dad's assistant coach for several of his years at Lane. "He showed them a tremendous amount of respect. and in return, they showed him the same amount. And he was an extremely good communicator on the practice field as well as on the game field."
Sam Bronswick, a West Side native, graduated from Marshall High School and was a three-year, two-way player at Northern Illinois University. He was an assistant coach at Foreman, Taft and Lane before taking the head coaching spot at Lane in 1978. In 1993, he was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
"He had a great eye walking through the hall to find players," Bob Bronswick said. "He would tell the students to try out and that football could be their ticket to college. He made an impact on same many of their lives."
Bronswick was married to his wife Goldie, who died in 2014, for 62 years. He will be buried alongside her at Shalom Memorial Cemetery, 1700 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights, on Wednesday.
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