Bacon died after a lengthy illness in Arizona over the Thanksgiving weekend at the age of 80.
Bacon was the head coach of the Bridgeport men's soccer program from 1969 through 1986, when the team made 10 NCAA tournament appearances and amassed a school-record 169 career wins. He also served as head baseball coach for the Purple Knights from 1970-1987.
In 2011, UB honored him with the creation of The Fran Bacon Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching, which is given to a Bridgeport or Arnold College graduate that has gone on to a distinguished career in coaching. Vito Montelli, the longtime Saint Joseph boys basketball coach, received the inaugural Fran Bacon Award last year.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Bacon's family and friends," said UB cirector of athletics Jay Moran. "He was truly one of the pioneers of Bridgeport athletics, helping to bring a culture of class and excellence that we continue to carry on in our programs today."
A private service was held for Coach Bacon in Arizona this week, and a public celebration of his life will take place this summer. Details will be made available as soon as they are finalized.
"It's a sad day on the soccer field to learn of Coach Bacon's passing, and all of us send out nothing but good thoughts to his family and friends," said current UB head men's soccer coach Brian Quinn, who is second to Bacon in career victories at the school with 128.