The Broyles Legacy

Husband – Father – Coach – Caregiver

December 26th

Remembering Coach Broyles on his Birthday

A Message from the Foundation

A personal message from family and loved ones

A Life in Pictures

Select the cards below to learn about the life of Frank Broyles

The Early Years

Career, 1970s

Coach's Retirement

Honors and Awards

Frank's Family Life

A New Foundation

Coach's Playbook

Barbara’s Legacy

Frank's Legacy

Looking Ahead

Global Impact

Messages from friends, colleagues, and peers

This is a day we knew would come, but it is still a great loss to learn of the passing of Coach Broyles. My first memory of Frank was cheering on the Hogs with my dad, but that was just part of his great legacy. He was an Arkansas treasure to devoted his life to others–from student-athletes to his support of Alzheimer’s research. He was an example for young people to follow, and that alone reflects a life well lived.

Asa HutchinsonArkansas Governor

While his main responsibility was the athletic program, Coach Broyles understood and cared deeply about the entire mission of the university. When I was dean of Fulbright College, I greatly appreciated his understanding that the purpose of athletics was to showcase our students – not only the talents of the players, but also the cheerleaders, the marching band and others involved. He saw the big picture and because of that, he and the university had great success during his tenure as coach and athletic director. I’m saddened by his passing, but his legacy will live on for generations.

Donald R. BobbittUA System President

For almost sixty years, Frank Broyles has been an indelible part of the University. As our head football coach, and then as our Director of Athletics, Coach Broyles redefined excellence for our athletics programs and, more importantly, impacted the lives of thousands of people. His contributions to the University of Arkansas and to our state are immeasurable, and his passing will be felt by many. On behalf of the university family, I want to extend my sincerest sympathy to the entire Broyles family. His legacy will live on.

Joseph E. SteinmetzUniversity of Arkansas Chancellor

The Razorback Family has lost its patriarch and Arkansas has lost one of its most beloved figures. Coach Frank Broyles was a legendary coach, athletics director, broadcaster and a tireless advocate for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. In his more than 50 years of service to the University of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics, his vision and leadership allowed the Razorback program to flourish and in turn enrich the lives of thousands of young men…I will forever be grateful for the generosity, graciousness and unwavering support he extended to me when I came to the University of Arkansas. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Razorback nation are with his wife Gen, his children and the entire Broyles Family.

Jeff Long Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics

Few people have had the vision and strength to guide so many. Coach Broyles shook my hand at my first day on the job and has been there for me ever since. The walls that we walk through today as a program were created by the things that he built. Coach Broyles is the standard of leadership in the state of Arkansas and all of college football. His impact on the game will always be felt and will never be forgotten.

Bret BielemaArkansas Head Football Coach

I got to know Frank Broyles well in late 1977, his first year as athletic director for the University of Arkansas and my first year as attorney general, when I represented him and Coach Holtz in the well-known and controversial Orange Bowl case which culminated in one of the greatest victories in Arkansas football history. I worked with him throughout my tenure as governor, and we kept in touch afterward. He was a leader of character, intelligence, and determination, and on his watch Arkansas became a leader in many sports. A big part of his legacy came later in his efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and his support for families struggling with it, including his work with the US Senate special committee on Alzheimer’s which Hillary helped to form. I’ll always be grateful to have known him and called him my friend.

Bill Clinton42nd President of the United States

Coach Frank Broyles has helped build the athletic and academic programs at the University of Arkansas and made incredible contributions to the welfare of our beloved institution,” said Gearhart. “His contributions to this university are unparalleled. He has also been a generous personal benefactor to the university and continues to serve on the current campaign committee. He has helped make the University of Arkansas a premier institution of higher learning.

Dave Gearhartformer University of Arkansas Chancellor

I’ve known and observed Coach Broyles since my time as an undergraduate at the university He was one of the most impressive and capable people I’ve ever worked with. During his tenure as a coach, athletic director and fundraiser, Coach Broyles did more to help and support the University of Arkansas than anyone who has ever been associated with the institution. We will miss him.

B. Allen Suggformer UA System President

Frank Broyles made a lifelong impact on thousands of Arkansas student-athletes and millions of fans and alumni, all who knew him as Coach Broyles, while positively altering the course of the University of Arkansas and the entire state of Arkansas. He fostered a unique loyalty to Arkansas Athletics and promoted the Razorback brand nationwide. As the Razorbacks Athletics Director, he played a significant role in the history of the Southeastern Conference when he guided the transition of Arkansas into the SEC. He was a man of significant accomplishment who charted the course of a preeminent college athletics program for more than five decades and his legacy will continue to impact the University of Arkansas, the

Greg SankeySEC Commissioner

I had the great pleasure of working with Coach Broyles for several years when I first became the SEC Commissioner.  His distinguished career speaks for itself and I will always remember his dignified demeanor and contribution to the work of the conference during those years.  He was a lifelong ambassador for the University of Arkansas whose legacy will leave a lasting impact on the SEC and college athletics.

Mike SliveFormer SEC Commissioner

Frank Broyles was an institution in the state of Arkansas.  What I think endeared him to the people of Arkansas was his loyalty to the state.  He had a lot of opportunities to leave as a coach and AD, but he stayed and he always bled Razorback red.  He truly WAS Arkansas in that sense.  The stadium and all the facilities there are really a monument to Frank and all that he did for the university.  He was more than a coach and AD.  He was the heart and soul of that university.  He was also tremendously loyal to the SEC.  He was so proud when Arkansas came into the SEC.  He cherished that moment all his life and he believed strongly it was the right move.  I think time has proved that correct.

Roy KramerFormer SEC Commissioner

This is an immeasurable loss of a man whose personality and presence touched millions of athletes, students, coaches and fans for more than seven decades—a man whose spirit and impact on lives will continue to be felt for generations to come…He was the singular most important man of sports in the history of the State of Arkansas, and his impact on the game of football across our country was just as significant.

Jerry JonesDallas Cowboys President and General Manager

Frank Broyles had a profound impact on college football as a legendary player, coach, television commentator and administrator. He touched the lives of so many during his years of service to the University of Arkansas as football coach and athletics director. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

Nick SabanAlabama Head Football Coach

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