Frank Broyles

See also: Frank Broyles and the University of Arkansas

Frank Broyles was born on December 26, 1924 in Decatur, Georgia.  After receiving his degree in Industrial Management at Georgia Tech, Georgia, in 1947, Broyles entered the coaching profession.

Broyles was a quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1944 through 1946 and also lettered in baseball and basketball.

He worked as an assistant coach at several colleges before becoming head coach at the University of Missouri in 1957.
He had a 5-4-1 record in his one season at Missouri and then went on to the University of Arkansas, where he rebuilt a struggling program. His 1964 team won all 11 of its regular season games, was voted national champion by the Football Writers Association of America, and beat Nebraska 10-7 in the Cotton Bowl. Broyles shared the American Football Coaches Association coach of the year award with Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame that year.
In 19 seasons at Arkansas, Broyles won 144 games, lost 58, and tied 5. His teams won 7 Southwest Conference championships and played in 10 bowl games. He retired from coaching after the 1976 season, but remained at Arkansas as athletic director.


He served as an assistant coach at Baylor University, Texas, Florida University, Florida, and Georgia Tech, Georgia, and as head coach at University of Missouri, Missouri, before coming to Arkansas in 1958.  Broyles coached the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, football team Razorbacks for 19 years. 

He became the University of Arkansas's director of athletics in July 1973.



Broyles Award:

In 1996, the Broyles Award was established to recognize some of the most dedicated, hardest working people in America...the college football assistant coach. And, in the past four years, the award has done just that.
Each year the five Broyles Award finalists are chosen from almost 1,500 assistant coaches representing 112 Division One college football programs. Each head coach can nominate one assistant coach from his staff. All nominations are reviewed by, and the five finalists chosen by, an enthusiastic selection committee comprised of 7 of college football's finest former head coaches.
No other head football coach can claim the legacy that Frank Broyles built in selecting, developing and producing great assistant coaches. Broyles assistants who have moved to the head coach ranks have combined to win:

* Almost 20% of ALL Suberbowl Titles
* 5 National College Football Championships
* More Than 40 Conference Titles
* Over 2,000 Victories

More than 25 former Broyles assistant coaches went on to excel as college as professional football head coaches. Joe Gibbs, Hayden Fry, Johnny Majors, Barry Switzer, Jackie Sherrill, Doug Dickey and Jimmy Johnson are just a few that studied under Coach Broyles.

1999 marked the beginning of a new award presented at the cermonies. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Texas A&M assistant coach Ray Dorr and San Diego State assistant coach, Claude Gilbert for their many contributions to the game of college football.

The Broyles Award is named in honor of longtime University of Arkansas Athletics Director Frank Broyles, who developed a reputation during a stellar coaching career of producing top-notch assistant coaches. Former Broyles assistants have combined to win almost 20 percent of all Super Bowl titles, five national collegiate championships, more than 40 conference titles and more than 2,000 games. More than 25 Broyles assistant coaches went on to become head coaches at the college or professional level, including Joe Gibbs, Hayden Frye, Johnny Majors, Barry Switzer, Jackie Sherrill, Doug Dickey and Jimmy Johnson.
The Broyles Award is one of the most lucrative awards for college football coaches. The winner receives $5,000 and a 100-pound cast bronze statue worth $5,000. Each finalist receives $1,000 plus a set of Wilson golf clubs and a personalized bag. Finalists and their spouses are flown to Little Rock for the banquet, receiving premium lodging and limousine transportation.

Official Broyles Award Website


Selected as the 11th greatest sports figure for the state of Arkansas by Sports Illustrated in 1999.

Inducted into the U of A Letterman's Association Hall of Honor in 1988.

Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983. Coached from 57-76 at Arkansas and Missourri.

Selected as Coach of the Year in 1964 along with Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame by the AFCA.

Inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame on May 25, 1999. -- Arkansas' Frank Broyles was one of college football's most dynamic coaches. His Razorbacks won or shared five Southwest Conference titles during the 1960s and earned three bids to the Cotton Bowl. One of Broyles' greatest victories was a stirring 10-7 defeat of Nebraska in the 1965 Classic, a victory that earned the Hogs a share of their first national championship and extended Arkansas' winning streak to 12 games. The figure swelled to 22 by the end of the next season, and to no one's surprise, Broyles had his Hogs back in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. An innovative leader as a player, coach, athletic director and Emmy-award winning television analyst, Frank Broyles personifies the essence of college athletics. 1961 Classic: Duke 7, Arkansas 6
1965 Classic: Arkansas 10, Nebraska 7
1966 Classic: LSU 14, Arkansas 7
1976 Classic: Arkansas 31, Georgia 10
Classic Record: 2-2-0

NAMED 2000 TONER AWARD RECIPIENT Frank Broyles has been affiliated with college football since the 1940's, when he was a star player and three-sport letterman at Georgia Tech where he earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1944.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, he entered the coaching profession as an assistant coach at Baylor and Florida before returning to Georgia Tech as offensive backfield coach. He became head coach at Missouri in 1957 and left for Arkansas following the season. In 19 years as head coach, he compiled a record of 144-58-5 and captured the 1964 National Championship. His stellar career earned him induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
In his amazing 42-year tenure at Arkansas as coach and director of athletics, Broyles has built an athletic department that is one of the best in the nation. Currently, Broyles is directing the renovation and expansion of Razorback Stadium to a deluxe 72,000-seat facility complete with state-of-the-art amenities for fans in all locations. In addition, a new academic center is being built into the east side expansion and the weight room is also scheduled for enlargement and enhancement. His long-range goal is to see Arkansas' on-campus stadium enlarged to 90,000 or more seats.
Over $105 million in construction of athletic facilities has been done in the last 21 years at Arkansas including nearly $55 million in the five years before the current expansion plans for Razorback Stadium. To Broyles credit, all of the improvements have been paid for through private donations without a dollar of tax revenues.
Broyles led the Razorbacks out of the SWC and into the Southeastern Conference on August 1, 1990. During his 26-year term as athletic director, the Hogs have won 57 SWC championships and have already won 30 SEC league championships and an amazing 22 national titles since becoming an SEC member. The football team has thrived as well, with 17 bowl trips, four league championships and two SEC Western Division titles. Arkansas has won 36 national championships since Broyles has been AD, including 17 in the last seven years. The Hogs have become a fixture in the national all-sports race, finishing in the top 10, 16 times in the last 21 years.
Broyles has not, however, limited his activities to football and athletics. He was instrumental in the University of Arkansas' Campaign for Books to update the library and the renovation of Old Main, the oldest building on campus.
Along with being a member of The National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, Broyles is a member of the Arkansas Hall of Fame, the Razorback Hall of Honor, the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame. He has also served as Chairman of the Division I Athletic Directors Association and is a member of the organization's executive committee.
Broyles and his wife Barbara of 54 years, have four sons, twin daughters, and sixteen grandchildren.

The John L. Toner Award Founded: 1997
The John L. Toner Award is designed to honor and acknowledge outstanding athletic directors who have demonstrated superior administrative abilities, especially in the area of college football. This award is named after its first recipient John L. Toner, former athletic director of the University of Connecticut and NCAA President. In recognition of John's superior administrative abilities and dedication to collegiate athletics, particularly in the area of college football, this award, given annually, attempts to recognize others exhibiting similar outstanding qualities and characteristics.
Selection Process: Various individuals associated with The National Football Foundation, such as former recipients, board members, corporate leaders, chapter presidents and friends, send nominations and suggestions to the Foundation.

Frank Broyles received a lifetime achievement award Jan, 2003 from former Texas coach Darrell Royal, whose Longhorns beat the Razorbacks in the "Game of the Century" in 1969. The award was presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association during ceremonies at the Bear Bryant Award dinner.

The Knoxville (Tenn.) Quarterback Club has selected Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles as the inaugural recipient of the Bob Woodruff Award ­ an award established to honor the outstanding contributions of a collegiate athletic director.
The award, named in honor of former long-time University of Tennessee Athletic Director Bob Woodruff, will be presented at a banquet on Friday night in Knoxville, Tenn. Broyles is the first to be honored with the new award named for his late colleague and friend.


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