York College Athletic Hall of Famer Jack Frank talks about his experience on the Spartan baseball diamond in the late 1960's in the latest installment of the "Catching Up" baseball series. Frank is a 1990 York College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
1. Describe your experience as a Spartan?
Our teams were solid up and down the lineup but we had no "stars" as such. Only one player, Wayne Crum, was offered a professional contract. Many of the others did, however, go on to play at four-year colleges and a few played in the local leagues. Our 1966 and 1967 teams won the state junior college championship and we were coached by the legendary Jack "Jake" Jaquet. In 2006, our teams were recognized by the Hall of Fame committee. There is a plaque in the Hall of Fame room that describes our two championship seasons and lists the team rosters.
2. How did you stay involved in baseball after your college career?
I played seven seasons in the York Central League. We were a close knit team and collectively shared a competitive personality. Previously I was the Head Baseball Coach at Elizabethtown and Warwick High Schools.
3. What are you doing now? (Work, Family, etc)
I retired after 33 years in education, the last 17 of which I served as the Staff Development Specialist for the Warwick School District. For a 10 year period I was also an adjunct instructor in education for Wilkes University. I was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. Today I do part time consulting for Peirson-Sanders Associates of York. We work with interpersonal communication skills and team building for businesses and other organizations.
4. What was your most memorable moment?
My best experience was simply the feeling of team unity that we had and one teammate, Bill Stuebing, is probably my best friend to this day. We played hard every day and had a lot of fun along the way.
5. Who was your greatest influence?
I also have to mention that my association with Jack Jaquet was probably one of the most impactful experiences of my life. His unique personality and coaching style influenced me greatly, both personally and professionally. I had the privilege of being his assistant coach in both baseball and basketball for two seasons at York College in the early '70s. I got inducted into the Donegal High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Donegal was my high school alma mater.