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|Frank Ahern |
Frank Ahern is a revered urban legend in his second half-century of helping city youth. His amazing coaching career spans seven decades. After graduating from O’Dea High School, Ahern played two years of basketball at Washington State University. Ahern taught 13 subjects and was a part of over 20 State Championships in basketball, cross country and track and field. While finishing his course work at Seattle University, Ahern launched his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach at Seattle Prep in 1948. He was promoted to head coach at Prep in 1952, and two years later won his first state title. Ahern moved to Franklin High School in 1958, and won his first state championship – in cross country – in 1964. In the 1970’s Ahern was at Asa Mercer Junior High, where his basketball team won 68 consecutive games.
Overall, Ahern has coached just about everywhere in the Seattle area. Ahern coached at Franklin, Cleveland, Asa Mercer Junior High, Seattle Community College, O’Dea, Highline Community College and Garfield. Over the course of his coaching career, Ahern has coached the likes of Terry Metcaf, Jawann Oldham, Joyce Walker and Lamar Hurd. Jim Harney, who played for Ahern at Seattle Prep and went on to start on Seattle University’s 1958 team with Elgin Baylor, said of Ahern, “Frank is the finest teacher of fundamentals of sport that I know of in the state of Washington.” Frank is in the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, Washington State Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame and also the Seattle Prep High School Hall of Fame. Ahern and his wife Dona have been married since 1958 and have six children; Theresa, Rosemary, Jeanne, Paul, Ruth and Mary.