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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Francis Joseph McGuire - "Coach Frank McGuire" -- Part 2

I love it when I score online with some family tree information.  Wikipedia does sometimes point you in the right direction.  Let's talk about the score.  "549-237" - Now that is a winning coach. 

From 1947 to 1980 Coach Frank McGuire led St. John's, North Carolina, and South Carolina college basketball's winning teams.  His winning career is only matched by Bobby Knight of the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.  Those are impressive stats.  It is always wonderful to find a McGuire with such success.

At least six months back, I popped on the internet and read the bio that is found on "Wiki".  Frank Joseph McGuire (November 8, 1914 - November 11, 1994) was born in NYC, the youngest of 13 children in an Irish-Amercian family.   His father, Robert McGuire, was a NYC police officer and his mother was Anne Lynch.   Robert died when Frank was only two years old.  Frank graduated from St. John's Universtiy on Long Island in 1936.  He was in the Navy during WWII.  After the war he returned to teaching and coaching.

With the scrap of family tree information provided above, I was able to "tree" a good portion of Robert McGuire and Anne Lynch's family unit and connect it to mine even before I found more definite information of the connection.

It is good note here, as indicated online, that Al McGuire and Dick McGuire are not related to Coach Frank McGuire, although he did coach both of them at St. John's.  Coach Frank McGuire was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977, and he retired in 1980.

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