Coach Frank Nears Elite Club

By Ken Wunderley, December 30, 2016 12:00 AM / Tri-State Sports & News Service/ postgazette.com

Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank is approaching another milestone. Frank, now in his 36th season, needs five more wins to reach 400 career victories.

“It seems incredible that I’m approaching 400 wins,” said Frank, who enters the new year with a 395-273-7 record. “It’s a credit to the hard work of the hundreds of kids who have come through this program since I started coaching. I’ve also been fortunate to have very dedicated assistant coaches, and great support from our parents, faculty and administration. I wouldn’t be approaching this milestone without their dedication and support.”

Only two other WPIAL coaches have reached the 400-win plateau. Former Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky owns the WPIAL record with a 505-143-2 record in 36 seasons. Former Connellsville coach Tom Dolde Sr. is second with a 448-137-6 record in 34 seasons.

“I’m a pretty good planner, but I have no exit plan yet,” said Frank, when asked how long he will continue to coach. “I intend to stay a handful of years. I will stay as long as I’m still making acontribution and that I’m still having fun.”

But Frank doesn’t think he will be around long enough to pass Tursky.

“I don’t know if any coach will break Chuck’s record,” Frank said.