Every profession has legends to look up to and watch out for, the world of football is not an exception! In the world of football, Frank Solich is definitely a name to always remember, especially for the people of Nebraska. Also known as “Fearless Frankie”, Solich played football but he presently serves as a coach – the head coach at Ohio University. He has been the head coach for over 14 years.
Frank Solich Bio: Age, Early Life, Ethnicity, Parents
Frank Solich is an American. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Solich Sr., worked as a miner for many years in Stokel, until he had to quit the mining job due to black lung, a disease common among coal workers. Solich once described his father as a “hard-nosed” man. He also said that he his proud that his father was a miner. Frank Solich Sr. died at age 81 – he died of congestive heart failure.
Frank Solich appear to be silent about his mother and siblings – he mentioned little or nothing about them.
Frank Solich’s Married Life
Yes, Solich is married with offspring. It is noteworthy to know that Solich got married to Pamela Wieck and the duo had children – 1 male, Jeff and 1 female, Cindy.
Frank Solich’s Education Details
Frank Solich was born on September 8, 1944. Now 75 years old, Solich grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from High School in 1962 with some honors – the All-State, All-American and All-Scholastic honors.
Frank Solich Body Measurements
Even though Solich scored 104 points in his High School days, he was often overlooked because of his stature – his height and weight. Solich weighed 153 lbs and height of 5 ft 7 ins.
Frank Solich Career Details
He was recruited into the Nebraska team by Bob Devaney and qualified for the Huskers in the 1960s where he got his alias “Fearless Frankie”. Because he was a good player, he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in the year 1992 and he later became the first Husker to feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Solich played in the Big 12, Big 12 North Division and MAC East Division Championships. Throughout his playing career, he played the fullback position.
Frank Solich’s Coaching Career
Frank Solich began his coaching career at Omaha Holy Name High School. He later went back to his base, so to speak. He went back to Nebraska, his alma mater, where he once played – he served there as an assistant coach for 19 years. He succeeded Tom Osborne as the head of coach at the end of the 1997 national championship season. Solich’s team defeated Texas Longhorns to win the Big 12 championship.
Solich recorded some losses as well. For instance, the Huskers lost to Texas 31 – 7, to Missouri 41 – 24 and to Kansas State 38 – 9. At the end of that season, the new director of athletics sacked Frank Solich. On an overall basis, for the first 6 seasons as the head coach at Nebraska, Solich recorded 58 wins – a record which superseded those of his predecessors.
Presently, Frank Solich serves as the head coach at Ohio University, Athens. He has been the head coach at the university since 2005. Because of the Bobcats performances under Solich’s coaching, the team received a GMAC Bowl invitation. Although the Bobcats lost the game to Sothern Miss, it was the team’s first appearance for the GMAC Bowl since 1968. He has recorded a lot of successes at the Ohio University too, with one of the most recent being the 111th win in November 2019 as Ohio coach.
In his coaching career, Solich won the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award in 1999. He won the Big 12 Coach of the Year Awards in 1999 and 2001. He won the MAC Coach of the Year Award in 2006.
Frank Solich’s Salary And Net Worth
According to foxsports.com, Solich is one of the underpaid coaches in college football category. For instance, according to herospots.com, Solich’s annual salary was $572,715, which is only an increment of $8,455 since 2005. And according to omaha.com, Solich’s annual salary was tagged at $654,928 in 2019. It is believed that Frank Solich should be earning more as a college coach and as such, his net worth is under review.