Frank Gorton

Frank H. Gorton (1877 – March 20, 1939) was an American football, basketball, baseball, and track and field coach. He served as the head football coach at Rutgers University from 1906 to 1907, Occidental College from 1908 to 1910, the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from 1914 to 1916, and Otterbein College—now known as Otterbein University—in 1917, compiling a career college football record of 38–29–6.[1] Gorton was also the head basketball coach at Rutgers from 1906 to 1909, at VMI from 1914 to 1917, and at Otterbein College during the 1917–18 season, amassing a career college basketball mark of 33–31. In addition, he served as the head baseball coach at Rutgers in 1907. Gorton died at the age of 62 of a heart attack in Lexington, Virginia on March 20, 1939.[2]

Frank Gorton
Gorton pictured in The Bomb 1915, VMI yearbook
Biographical details
Born1877
DiedMarch 20, 1939 (aged 62)
Lexington, Virginia
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1906–1907Rutgers
1908–1910Occidental
1914–1916VMI
1917Otterbein
1925, 1934Rochester (NY) (assistant)
Basketball
1906–1908Rutgers
1914–1917VMI
1917–1918Otterbein
Baseball
1907Rutgers
1915–1917VMI
1939Ohio State (assistant trainer)
Track
1915–1917VMI
1926–1937Rochester
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1926–1928VMI
Head coaching record
Overall38–29–6 (football)
34–30 (basketball)

Gorton had returned for a brief time to serve as the director of athletics at Virginia Military Institute.[3]

Head coaching record

Football

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Rutgers Queensmen (Independent) (1906–1907)
1906 Rutgers 5–2–2
1907 Rutgers 3–5–1
Rutgers: 8–7–3
Occidental Tigers (Independent) (1908–1910)
1908 Occidental 9–2
1909 Occidental 4–1–1
1910 Occidental 2–2–1
Occidental: 15–5–2
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1914–1916)
1914 VMI 4–4
1915 VMI 6–2–1
1916 VMI 4–5
VMI: 14–11–1
Otterbein Cardinals (Independent) (1917–singe)
1917 Otterbein 1–6
Otterbein: 1–6
Total:38–29–6

Basketball

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Rutgers Queensmen (Independent) (1906–1907)
1906–07 Rutgers 0–3
1907–08 Rutgers 4–11
Rutgers: 4–14
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1914–1917)
1914–15 VMI 8–2
1915–16 VMI 9–3
1916–17 VMI 9–5
VMI: 26–10
Otterbein Cardinals (Independent) (1917–1918)
1917–18 Otterbein 4–6
Otterbein: 4–6
Total:34–30

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References

  1. "College Lose Many Players". The Evening Review. East Liverpool, Ohio. September 26, 1917. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. "Frank H. Gorton" (PDF). The New York Times. Associated Press. March 21, 1939. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  3. The Bomb. VMI. 1927. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. 2013–14 VMI Basketball Fact Book
  5. 2013–14 Otterbein Basketball Media Guide
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