(Feb. 14, 2020) The Arsenal Tech High School Athletic Department is hosting a special ceremony for basketball legend Frank Kendrick this Saturday, Feb. 15, to retire his basketball number. The department will have dinner for Coach Kendrick and his family in their hospitality room, located right off the gym, at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the varsity game (Tech vs. Indianapolis Metropolitan). Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. Media is invited to attend.
See Coach Kendrick’s bio below.
If you have any questions, please contact Mosi Barnes, Arsenal Tech Athletic Director, at 317-340-9466.
Frank Kendrick Bio:
Coach Frank Kendrick is an Indianapolis native who graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1970, where he was selected as an Indiana All-Star his senior year, helping lead his team to not one, but two wins against Kentucky. He went on to star at Purdue University, winning Team MVP in both 1973 and 1974, and becoming a Purdue All American in 1974.
Drafted into the NBA, his rookie year he played with the Golden State Warriors, where he and his team won the NBA World Championship in 1975. Though a rookie, his character shined through his work ethic, prompting his coach, Al Attles, to announce “This is why I draft kids from Indiana.” Fresh off their championship win, Frank signed a contract to play in Europe, where he ended up on the same team as a gentleman who invited him home for dinner. That gentleman became his brother in law because at that dinner he met his teammate’s sister, Mieke, who is now his wife of almost 38 years.
Frank and Mieke have three kids- Kristof, Melanie, and Emiel. They moved back to the United States in the mid ’80s, just in time for Frank to be offered the job of assistant coach at Purdue. As a top recruiter for ten years, Frank’s efforts kept the Boilers on top, winning three back-to-back Big Ten Championships, and coaching none other than Tech’s current athletic director, Mosi Barnes. Frank came home to Tech to be the Head Boys Basketball Coach from 2009-2011. Frank has always been grateful and thankful for Tech. He says his time at the school fueled his competitive spirit while his teachers and coaches gave him the tools to succeed in life. His mission as a player and a coach has always been to play like Titans saying, “Who wouldn’t want to rule the court like Gods?”
For more information, contact Carrie Cline Black, communications manager, at 317-605-3797.