Baseball/Football Coach 1947-61
Karas served as an assistant football coach from 1947-60 and was the Bulldogs' head baseball coach from 1949-61. His baseball teams, one including former major leaguer Carmen Fanzone, posted an 84-67-2 record. He guided Ferris to two of its finest seasons on the diamond when the Bulldogs finished 11-3 in 1960 and 14-3 in 1961. Karas was a professor of physical education for 34 years and founded the popular Ferris intramural program in 1947. The West Campus intramural fields are named in his honor. A native of Escanaba, he was elected to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He also was the recipient of FSU's Distinguished Teacher Award and Founder's Day Award. Karas, who passed away May 31, 2000, played football at Michigan State University and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1941 before serving in the United States Navy.