Frank Dole

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Frank Dole
Biographical details
Born(1859-12-25)December 25, 1859
Portland, Maine
DiedMay 22, 1939(1939-05-22) (aged 79)
Metuchen, New Jersey
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1885–1887 Penn
Head coaching record

Frank Fessenden Dole (December 25, 1859 – May 22, 1939) was an American football coach, dog breeder, and journalist. He was the first head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania, serving from 1885 to 1887, and leading the Penn Quakers to a record of 23–20–1 in three seasons.


Dole was born on December 25, 1859 in Portland, Maine. As a dog breeder, he specialized in Bull Terriers. Dole joined the New York Herald Tribune in 1912 as a writer, and remained on the newspaper's staff until 1938, when he retired as kennel editor. He died on May 22, 1939, at his home in Metuchen, New Jersey. [1]

Head coaching record

Penn Quakers (Independent)(1885–1887)
1885 Penn 8–6
1886 Penn 9–7–1
1887 Penn 6–7

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  1. "Frank F. Dole, 79, Dog Fancier, Dies; After Writing for Quarter of Century, Retired as Kennel Editor of Herald Tribune Often Judge In Contests His Dogs Won 5,000 Prizes—While Athletic Trainer Taught President Taft Wrestling" (PDF). The New York Times . May 23, 1939. Retrieved August 29, 2012.