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Former Greenfield football coach and athletics director Al Trotalli, for whom the field at the high school is named, died July 11 at the age of 87.

The Madison native coached football at Greenfield from 1958-72, and he posted a career mark of 85-37-8 during his years of coaching at four locations, with the bulk of that at Greenfield.

His legacy at Greenfield includes the establishment of virtually every program on campus, with a tenure as AD running from 1958 to 1990. He was the first wrestling coach at the school, helping the program land two state qualifiers in its first season. 

Trotalli also served as line coach for the West Allis Spartans semipro football team. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985 and spent stints at Barron High School, River Falls High School and for five years at Lakeland High School after leaving Greenfield.

The Madison native also played football for the University of Wisconsin freshman football team in 1949 before a knee injury, and he coached basketball, volleyball, baseball and track during his career.

The field at Greenfield was named after Trotalli in 1997. He began the program in the late 50s with a schedule exclusively for grades 9 and 10, and the Hawks began their first full varsity schedule in 1960. 

The program became a south-side power, with nine winning seasons from 1958-71, including three conference championships and three undefeated seasons. The 1965 team was regarded as the best Parkland Conference football team of the decade.

As a player at Madison West in 1948, he was named captain of the Madison All-City Team and was the starting guard for the South in the statewide All-Star Game.

He spent his final years in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin (just north of Minocqua) and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peg, as well as children Lisa and Tony, as well as two siblings and two grandchildren.

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