Hall of Fame Central Region high school football coach Al Rinaldi dies at 90

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The man who brought Highland Springs High School its first football state championship in school history passed away Wednesday.

Al Rinaldi was 90 years-old.

Rinaldi coached the Springers to an undefeated season in 1961 and later coached the team to a state title game appearance in a second stint at Highland Springs in the 1970s. Rinaldi finished his career coaching at J.R. Tucker High School in 1982.

Life after coaching was life in the broadcast booth for Rinaldi. He joined Gary Hess on WRNL AM 910’s Friday night football broadcasts for 15 years starting in the early 1990s.

“People throw around the word legend,” Hess said Wednesday. “Al Rinaldi was the legend in Richmond high school football. He leaves a huge void, and he’ll certainly be missed.”

Rinaldi will be remembered in a memorial service scheduled for 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, April 24th at Highland Springs High School in the auditorium. The funeral service will be Monday at 1:30 PM at Woody’s Funeral Home.

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