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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Former Coach Inman Dies at 85

From UGA Athletics:

Former University of Georgia assistant football coach Frank Inman, who served on the Bulldog coaching staff from 1962-79, died Monday at his home in Brunswick. He was 85.

His tenure at UGA included 15 years on Vince Dooley's staff from 1964-79. Inman was named Athletic Director of the Glynn County School System in March, 1979. He was also widely known around the state as the color analyst for Georgia Southern football from 1982-2005.

A native of Augusta and alumnus of Presbyterian College, he served three years in the Marine Corps during World War II. He returned to play fullback at Duke University where he also earned his Masters in Education degree in 1946. In 1947, he became backfield coach at his alma mater, Richmond Academy in Augusta. He later became head coach and led his team to a state AAA championship in 1956. For his accomplishments, he was named the Georgia High School Coach of the Year. His six-year coaching record at Richmond Academy was 50-9-7.

He joined the Georgia staff in 1962 as recruiting director and varsity assistant backfield coach. He was promoted to head offensive backfield coach in 1963. During his 15 seasons on the Dooley staff, he served as head scout and end coach, offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and director of football recruiting.

During his tenure in Brunswick and Glynn County he organized and served as executive director of the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl Classic a junior college bowl game and has the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Game award named after him.

During his 24 seasons in the Georgia Southern broadcast booth, he worked all six of Georgia Southern's National Championship victories and two additional title games. He missed only one broadcast in the 20-plus years of games, spanning 312 broadcasts. Inman was well-known around the state for his coaching background, but also signature Boy Howdy' call.

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