Frank Kush, Hall of Fame Coach of Arizona State, Dies at 88
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:13
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After a period of estrangement, Arizona State welcomed Kush back in 1996, holding a "Frank Kush Day" and naming the playing field at Sun Devil Stadium "Frank Kush Field".
Kush, a three-year letterwinner (1950-52) at MSU under coach Biggie Munn, played on the defensive line during the Spartans' undefeated seasons in 1951 and 1952. The field at Sun Devil Stadium is named after him. He coached the team for 22 seasons, guiding the Sun Devils to nine conference titles and six bowl victories.
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Kush was the Walter Camp Coach of the Year and AFCA Coach of the Year in 1975, when ASU finished No. 2 in the nation. He was also honored with the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award in 1975 after guiding the team to a ideal 12-0 campaign.
While making a move from the WAC to the Pac-12 conference, Kush sported a 6-1 bowl record and a 16-5 record in Territorial Cup games versus Arizona.
He served in the Army before becoming an assistant coach at Arizona State under Dan Devine. He also coached the Arizona Outlaws in the USFL in 1985.
After his coaching career ended in 1979, he went back to ASU 21 years later and served as a special assistant to the Athletics Director and then as an ambassador for Sun Devil Athletics.
Longtime college football and NFL head coach Frank Kush has passed away. "Coach Kush I will miss you my friend".