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Frank Antonini

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Ambridge High School has a rich football tradition that has produced many outstanding individuals. One of the best was Frank Antonini. As a tough running back for the Bridgers in the early 1960s, Frank capped his scholastic career in 1962 by breaking the school rushing record with 1190 yards in nine games and leading Beaver County in scoring with 89 points. Frank was named Most Valuable Player in the Midwestern Athletic Conference, made first team All State, and was selected as an All American by Scholastic Magazine. He culminated his high school career by starring in the Big 33 All Star game. Having been heavily recruited, Frank decided to attend the University of Kentucky. He had a phenomenal season on the Wildcats freshman team, averaging over 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns per game (and five in one game against Tennessee). He was touted as Freshman of the Year by Playboy magazine, which also selected him as a preseason All American entering his sophomore year. But injuries took a toll and, although Frank played two more years for the Wildcats, he could not achieve the lofty stats of his freshman season. Finally, he transferred to Parsons College, where he rushed for 1100 yards and was named a small college All American. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted him, and he spent two years on their taxi squad. Frank then directed his career toward teaching and coaching and earned a spot as the head coach of his high school alma mater.