Bill Ricco knew it would take time to build a football program when he became Walsh Jesuit High's coach in 1965. For one thing, the new school didn't even have a team. By 1967, Walsh was competing on the varsity level and cracking the Beacon Journal's Top Ten for the first time. It took just four seasons before Ricco produced the school's first undefeated season, a 10-0 record in 1970. That was the first of Ricco's three unbeaten teams during 14 years as Walsh's coach. Ricco compiled a 94-14-1 record and was named Ohio Class AAA coach of the year in 1976.