Frank Oftring

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Frank Oftring
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1924-06-04)June 4, 1924
Died October 4, 1982(1982-10-04) (aged 58)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Playing career
1946–1950 Holy Cross
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961–1965 Holy Cross

Frank A. Oftring, Jr. (June 4, 1924 – October 4, 1982) was an American college basketball player and coach. He played on Holy Cross' 1947 National Championship team and later returned to campus as the school's head coach from 1961 to 1965.

After concluding his high school career at Brooklyn Prep, Oftring joined the United States Navy during World War II, stationed primarily at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island. Following his service, he joined Doggie Julian's Holy Cross team and was a forward on their 1947 championship team with future Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy.[1] After his career, Oftring was drafted in the 8th round of the 1950 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, though he never played in the NBA.

Following a stint coaching high school basketball, Oftring became Holy Cross' head basketball coach in 1961. He left after four seasons with a record of 64–33 and started a brokerage firm.[2]

Oftring died on October 4, 1982. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oftring latest to get Hall call". Worcester Telegram. September 22, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ UPI (October 6, 1982). "Frank Oftring, Ex-Coach, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved April 13, 2011.