Dr. Frank “Tick” Coleman will head the list of 11 inductees into the inaugural class of the Lincoln University Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2012 Hall of Fame class will be celebrated over the course of the weekend to include an induction banquet on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Multi-purpose Room on Lincoln University’s campus.
The inductees will be introduced at halftime of the Lincoln University-Johnson C. Smith football game, which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Coleman was an absolute legend. He was a quarterback of the football team and a member of the wrestling team. He was the manager of the basketball team and sat on the intramural council, furthering his involvement in athletics. He participated in sports at Lincoln from 1931 to 1935.
Coleman served as the director of alumni relations from 1981 to 1998, recruiting students to attend the school long after he graduated from Lincoln University. He received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University in 1984, and played a major role in the return of football in 2008 after a 48-year absence. Coleman was an alumni representative on the board of trustees.
Coleman grew up in South Philadelphia. He was a tremendous football player at Central High School and the school’s first Black quarterback. He led the Lancers to two straight Public league championships in 1929 and 1930. He was named to the city’s All-Scholastic football team.
He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In junior high school, he became a member of the Boy Scouts. Through hard work and dedication, he earned the rank of Eagle, the highest honor in scouting. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1935 and received a master’s degree from the Penn School of Social Work. Coleman spent 32 years as a counselor in the School District of Philadelphia. He retired from the Philadelphia public school system in 1981.
He passed away on December 25, 2008, at the age of 97. Coleman’s legacy lives on with his alumni awards and scholarships.
In addition to Coleman, the other inductees will be Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Munford Merrill “Monte” Irvin (football, baseball, track and field), Manuel Rivero (football coach, athletic director), Dr. Leonard L. Bethel (football, track and field, wrestling), Barrington “Barry” Fearon (cross country, track and field), Rhondale Jones (cross country, track and field), Ashley Parker (cross country, track and field), Tarron Richardson (basketball), Robert Eugene Smith (football, basketball, baseball), Tehma Hallie Stanton Smith (basketball, volleyball, track and field) and Clive Terrelonge (cross country, track and field).