Muhlenberg mourns the loss of its beloved coach, administrator and great friend of the College Frank Marino, who passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
Marino was a native of Staten Island, New York, and a 1958 graduate of Brockport State University. He served as a graduate assistant football coach at Penn State University, then coached Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey for three years. He came to Muhlenberg in 1967.
He served as head football coach from 1970 to 1980, compiling a record of 54-40-6. His 1973 and 1980 squads were 7-1-1 and 8-1, respectively, which were the best records of any Mule football team between 1948 and 2006. In 1976, Marino was named Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. During his 43-year association with the College, Marino also coached volleyball from 1988-1995 and had a program best record of 124-81. His 1992 team won the MAC Southeast championship and set the record for most wins by a team in ay sport (27). He also coached men’s lacrosse from 1968 to 1977 and women’s lacrosse in 1986. He was also involved in the College’s fundraising efforts for several decades.
The athletic field in Scotty Wood Stadium is named in his honor. He is also remembered as a coach and mentor to generations of athletes, a dynamic personality in the Muhlenberg family, and constant champion for the College.
Arrangements for Frank Marino
Calling Hours at Burkholder Funeral Home (16th and Hamilton Blvd.) Saturday, January 8: 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 9: 10 am – 11:30 am
Memorial Service at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College Sunday, January 9: 1 pm Reception to follow: Life Sports Center-Solar Corridor
Monday, January 10: 9:30 Greenwood Cemetery (20th and Chew Street)
Please feel free to leave your memories of Frank Marino in the comment section below.