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Alumni and Friends Establish The Frank and Carroll
("Coach and Mrs. Coach") Marino Scholarship

“Frank believed that education is the doorway that allows people to improve their lives and the lives of others as well,” says Carroll Marino of her late husband, Frank Marino, known as “Coach” to all who knew and loved him at Muhlenberg. Frank passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2011 after a brief illness. Within days, a group of trustees, alumni, former athletes, administrators and friends of the Marinos decided to raise funds to establish a scholarship in honor of both Frank and Carroll. The scholarship will be called The Frank and Carroll (“Coach and Mrs. Coach”) Marino Scholarship.

“Frank is best known as a coach of course, but that was only part of a bigger picture,” says Carroll. “He also assisted in the alumni, admissions and development efforts at Muhlenberg. People’s growth through education was the primary focus of his life. He loved history, music and theatre…he saw opportunity and worth in all facets of life.”

The Marino Scholarship will be awarded to first generation college students, as Coach was himself. “This scholarship means that someone will have a door opened for them. Frank believed, as I do, that education provides the avenue for one’s own given gifts to be invested in, developed, tested and used in contribution to a better and brighter world.”

Frank was a native of Staten Island, New York, and a 1958 graduate of Brockport State University. “When Frank graduated from high school, he had the opportunity to go to college because New York’s state university system was free to New York state residents. “He was very grateful for his education and the doors it opened for him.”

Frank went on to graduate school at Penn State University in health and physical education where he served as a graduate assistant football coach. He then coached in New Jersey at Morris Hills High School for five years and Morris Knolls High School for three years, and came to Muhlenberg in 1967.

“Frank wanted his Morris Knolls players to go on to college – and he knew that a good fit of athletics and academics was vital to a person’s success at his or her chosen college or university,” says Carroll. “He would drive his players to visit colleges from Maryland to Massachusetts. The principal at Morris Knolls was Robert Dikon, a 1951 Muhlenberg graduate; Bob suggested Frank take his players to visit ’Berg. When an opportunity came to work at Muhlenberg, seven of Frank’s players from Morris Knolls followed him here.”

Frank served as Muhlenberg’s 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, he was named Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year.

During his 43-year association with the College, Frank 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 any sport (27). He also coached men's lacrosse from 1968 to 1977 and women's lacrosse in 1986.
The athletic field in Scotty Wood Stadium is named in Frank’s 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.

“People were what his life was about,” says Carroll. “He saw Muhlenberg not as a bunch of buildings and land, but as a group of people working for a common purpose: the education of students.

“He was not one to rest on his laurels,” she continues. “His mission was advancing the College. He would be glad about the scholarship, but his attitude was, ‘It’s not about me; it’s about what I can do to contribute to the success of Muhlenberg.’ He would be much happier to know that the door of opportunity is about to open for someone else.”

For information on The Frank and Carroll (“Coach and Mrs. Coach”) Marino Scholarship, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 484-664-3247.  To make a gift to The Marino Scholarship, please click here or visit our online giving page. When prompted, fill in your contact and billing information. In the gift designation drop down menu on the second page, select "Other" and type in "Marino Scholarship."

Please note: if you make an online gift via our online giving page and do not want your name listed on the donor web page, please send an email request to Stacey Prohaska at prohaska@muhlenberg.edu and your gift will remain anonymous.