1996 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class
(Basketball Coach, 1940-47/Football Coach, 1943-46/Football Player 1929-32)
Frank Brickey became the first Northern Arizona University alum to return to Flagstaff and lead an athletic team, when he took over the reins of the basketball program in 1940. The former football player also served as head coach of the football team for three seasons, carving out a 10-8-2 record during that time. His basketball coaching mark of 63-47 culminated with a third-place finish at the NAIA national tournament in 1947. That squad, which finished with a 19-7 record (the school best at that time), was inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame in 1982. During his playing days he spent much of his free time as a student leader, serving as vice president of the student body and yearbook editor. After leaving Flagstaff, Brickey had a successful career as coach of the University of Utah.