Jeff Frank ’66

Jeff Frank ’66, longtime tennis coach at Davidson, passed away May 30 in Mooresville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was the all-time winningest coach in Davidson sports history, with a 536-309-1 record in 33 years. Frank did his undergraduate work at Davidson, and he played on the tennis team under Coach Harry Fogelman. After receiving his law degree at the University of Florida, Frank returned to Davidson as the head tennis coach and became the winningest coach of any sport in the college’s history. Davidson Athletic Director Jim Murphy ’78 called Frank an icon. “Coach Frank was the face of Davidson tennis for 34 years and touched the lives of hundreds of students. Throughout his career, Jeff helped mold the Davidson athletics culture we’re so proud of today, and he will be sorely missed,” Murphy said in an article on the college’s sports Web site, He was the founder of the Wildcat Tennis Camp, which is still in operation, and is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jeanne Frank. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ellisa and Ray Whitson, 1260 Barna Ave., Titusville, FL 32780; two nephews, Travis and Jeff Whitson ’97; and his niece, Ashlyn Whitson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jeff Frank’s name to the Davidson Athletic Foundation, Box 7172, Davidson, NC 28035-7172, will be used to continue his tennis legacy.