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Frank Lupica

He built up an extreme loyalty while attending Akron St. Mary elementary and high school for 11 years. When the call went out in 1964 for a basketball coach for the school's CYO team, Frank Lupica, although lacking any coaching experience, answered the call. A freshman business student at The University of Akron, Lupica's team won its first five games, got into the Akron City playoffs before losing in the championship. It was a story reminiscent of another Hall of Famer, Mox Engler, the "boy wonder coach" who guided St. Mary High to Akron's first Ohio basketball championship in 1929. Lupica changed his major to education and after graduating was hired as the junior varsity basketball at Walsh Jesuit in 1970. Four years later he became head basketball coach and will begin his 28th season this fall with an overall record of 365 wins and 212 losses. His teams have captured nine Akron Sectional and two District Championships and his 1995-96 squad was a Regional finalist. However, his most memorable team, the 1986-87 unit, gave him UPI Ohio Coach of the Year honors and his only undefeated regular season, 20-0. He also grabbed Summit County Coach of the Year in 1982, '86 and '97. Lupica has had even greater success as the Warrior's golf coach where in 11 seasons he has accumulated four state championships (1990, '91, '96, '97) and one state runner-up (1993). Included in his unbelievable 200-12 overall record is 111 consecutive wins and five undefeated teams. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Munroe Falls.

Inducted 2001 | Coach