Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Chattanooga, Alabama
  • Years: 1925-1946
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Muncie, IN
  • Date of Birth: Nov 15, 1898
  • Place of Death: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Date of Death: May 10, 1954

Member Biography

Frank Thomas played quarterback at Notre Dame from 1920-22. He went to Georgia as an assistant coach from 1923-24, then worked as head coach at Chattanooga from 1925-1928 and Alabama from 1931-1942, 1944-1946. (Alabama had no team in 1943). His record at Chattanooga was 26-9-2, at Alabama 108-20-7. Overall, he was 134-29-9, a winning percentage of .805. His Alabama teams were 5-1 in bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange Bowls). Among the famous Alabama players he coached were Don Hutson, Bear Bryant, Vaughn Mancha, Harry Gilmer, Johnny Cain, and Riley Smith. Thomas was a solid coach who claimed material was 60% of the game. The coach's knowledge, ability to impart it to the players, his organization of practices and his personality accounted for the other 40% of the game. "Keep the players high," he insisted, "and make practice a pleasure but not a lark. Be a disciplinarian, but not a slave-driver." Thomas was born Nov. 15, 1898, in Muncie, Indiana. He died May 10, 1954.