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Frank Chan

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

When Frank Chan resigned in 1987 after 21 seasons as head basketball coach at Beaver Falls High School, his friends in the profession said a lot of nice things about him but secretly they were probably glad to see him wrap up his illustrious career. It hadnít been fun for them. Frankís Tigers won the state championship in 1970 and also brought the school five WPIAL titles and seven section crowns. His overall coaching record at Beaver Falls was 367-115. During his long coaching career he chalked up highlights like beating DeMatha Catholic of Baltimore in 1977, when the Maryland team was ranked No 1 in the nation among high schools. Frank was named coach of the Pennsylvania team in the 1978 Dapper Dan Roundball Classic in Pittsburgh and his All Star team was a winner there. Frank, a native of East Liverpool, earned All State basketball honors as a high school senior in 1949 and earned nine letters in basketball, track and field, and cross-country. He played his college ball at Washington & Jefferson College, where he was captain in his senior year of 1956-1957, but his career was interrupted by a three year stint as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. After college, Frank was junior high basketball coach in East Liverpool for two years then assistant high school cage coach for seven years and head coach in 1964 and 1965 before coming to Beaver Falls.