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Henry Frnka
File:Henry Frnka 1942.jpg
Frnka prior to the 1943 Sugar Bowl during his tenure with Tulsa
Biographical details
Born(1903-03-16)March 16, 1903
DiedDecember 18, 1980(1980-12-18) (aged 77)
San Antonio, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall71–32–5 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
3 MVC (1941–1943)
1 SEC (1949)

Henry E. Frnka (pron.: /ˈfræŋkə/ FRANGK; March 16, 1903 – December 18, 1980) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Tulsa from 1941 to 1945 and at Tulane University from 1946 to 1951, compiling a career college football record of 71–32–5.

Coaching career

High school

Prior to his coaching career at the college level, Frnka was the head coach of a high school team in Greenville, Texas and led them to a Texas state championship in 1933. Frnka used the fumblerooski for the very first time in the 1933 Texas High School Championship game with the Greenville Lions.


From 1941 to 1945, Frnka coached at the University of Tulsa, and compiled a 40–9–1 record. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane had never been to a bowl game before, and he took them to five straight, becoming Tulsa's most prolific coach. The Golden Hurricane won three league titles, and outscored opponents 1,552 to 375. He led the team to their first bowl game and a school-best national ranking of #4 at the end of the 1942 season.


From 1946 to 1951, Frnka coached at Tulane University, and compiled a 31–23–4 record. Since the 1920s, the Tulane Green Wave had been a national power in college football, and Frnka-led teams produced records of 9–1 in 1948, 7–2-–in 1949, and 6–2–1 in 1950. In a 1949 issue devoted to a preview of that year's college football season, SPORT magazine declared that Tulane was the best team in the country.


Frnka died on December 18, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 77.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley Conference) (1941–1945)
1941 Tulsa 8–2 4–0 1st W Sun
1942 Tulsa 10–1 5–0 1st L Sugar 4
1943 Tulsa 6–1–1 1–0 1st L Sugar 15
1944 Tulsa 8–2 W Orange
1945 Tulsa 8–3 2–1 2nd L Oil 17
Tulsa: 40–9–1
Tulane Green Wave (Southeastern Conference) (1946–1951)
1946 Tulane 3–7 2–4 9th
1947 Tulane 2–5–2 2–3–2 7th
1948 Tulane 9–1 5–1 3rd 13
1949 Tulane 7–2–1 5–1 1st
1950 Tulane 6–2–1 3–1–1 4th 20
1951 Tulane 4–6 1–5 11th
Tulane: 31–23–4 18–15–3
Total: 71–32–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


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