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Frank "Tiger" Walton

Coaching ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Frank (Tiger) Walton was one of the best football players in Pitt history, but tragically did not live to see how capably his son, Joe, followed in his footsteps. The elder Watson died of cancer in 1953, the year Joe began his highly successful grid career at the University of Pittsburgh. Frank earned All WPIAL honors at Beaver Falls High School three times as a tackle, and played with the 1928 Tiger gridders when they won their first WPIAL title. At Pitt, he was a starting tackle for three years in the Jock Sutherland era and played in the first College All Star Game in 1933. Frank began his pro football career with the Boston Redskins, who later moved to Washington DC. Then he was head football coach at Beaver Falls High from 1935 to 1940, and he and Cal Hubbard were co-coaches of the Geneva College football team in 1942. Frank returned to the Redskins as a player and assistant coach from 1944 to 1946 and after that served as assistant football coach at Colgate and at West Virginia University. He also coached the Richmond Rebels semipro gridders. Thus the two Waltons both played for Beaver Falls and Pitt and played and coached for the Redskins, and they had the distinction of being the first father-son duo inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.