Accomplished Goldbug

Frank Windegger attended McKinley from 1949 to 1953 and was the president of the January 1953 graduating class. Frank lettered in football, baseball and basketball. Frank was the captain of the baseball team and the football team. He was the quarterback on McKinley's football team that won the St. Louis Public High championship of 1952. In 1952, he was selected to the All-District football team and also won the Jim Gould Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Missouri-Illinois District. After graduating from McKinley, Frank was awarded a football scholarship to Texas Christian University (TCU) where he played both football and baseball. Truly an Accomplished Goldbug.

Frank Windegger

Frank Windegger, former director of athletics at TCU and past president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), was chosen in 2004 as the recipient of the 23rd National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Athletics Director Award. Frank received his award at the 39th Annual Convention of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon held at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Fred Jacoby, the presenter of the award, said, "An institution is often the lengthened shadow of one man. Frank Windegger's efforts and dedication nurtured and guided TCU's athletics programs and built a foundation for their current success. Frank's legacy will last for generations and generations of students and coaches, perhaps forever because he influenced so many lives in a positive way, in thoughtfulness, courage, excellence, kindness, integrity and loyalty."

Frank's successful career in collegiate athletics began the first day he set foot on the Texas Christian University campus as a freshman, more than 40 years ago. While at TCU, Frank excelled at baseball and was the university's first baseball player to have his number retired. Frank also played football for TCU converting to receiver from the quarterback position his last two playing years. After a two-year stint in the Army, Frank returned to TCU and joined the coaching ranks.
Frank is No. 11 in the front row of this McKinley championship basketball team of 1952.

In 1959, he was selected as assistant ticket manager and assistant baseball coach. Three years later, he was named ticket manager and head baseball coach. As its coach, Frank led the TCU’s baseball team to four Southwest Conference (SWC) championships and six second place finishes. In 1972, he was honored as the SWC and NCAA District VI Coach of the Year.

While serving as baseball coach, Frank also held the position of business manager of athletics (1965-74) and assistant athletics director (1967-74). A year after stepping down as baseball coach, Frank was named athletics director in 1975, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. Over the years, Frank served on numerous councils and committees including a term as president of NACDA in 1990-91. He was also on the NCAA Baseball Committee (1970-72), NCAA Voting Committee (1979-82), NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Committee (1981-88) and the NCAA Council (1990-93), where he was the first and only athletics director to represent the Southwest Conference (SWC). Frank was also involved with the College Football Association (CFA), Division 1A Athletics Directors Association, Final Four Foundation, College Basketball Issues, College Football Issues, Division I-A Athletics Directors Television Committee, SWC Executive Committee and the SWC Men's Basketball Tournament Committee.

Frank has continued his involvement as a past president of NACDA, and as a member of the Association's Finance-Management, Honors and Awards and Site Selection committees.

"To receive this award from my peers and colleagues puts an exclamation point on my career," says Frank. "My involvement with NACDA has been one of the most rewarding episodes of my athletics life. The selection being endorsed by the NIT further enhanced my appreciation."

In 2005, Frank was selected and served on the Harris Interactive College Football Poll Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to pick the Top 25 Institutions each week, and the final Top 12 teams to play in the major bowls and the top two playing in the National Championship Game.

The McKinley community is truly proud of our Accomplished Goldbug...Frank Windegger.