Throughout the course of the 2008-2009 academic year, we will seek to recognize some of the great names of the past to highlight the heritage of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in honor of the Association’s 95th anniversary. In this edition we are pleased to recognize Frank Mock.
The late Frank Mock was born in Davidson County and attended college at Davidson, from which he graduated in 1934 and where he played three sports. His career as a teacher, coach and administrator centered around Grainger High School and the Kinston City Schools.
Mock was coach and athletic director at Grainger from 1934 to 1957, and then served as principal there for 13 years before becoming assistant superintendent of the Kinston schools. His teams were highly successful, as he posted a .721 winning percentage for his entire coaching career. His 1955 football team won the state 3-A title, and that went with two baseball state titles and eight league crowns in that sport. He coached in both the Shrine Bowl and the East-West all-star games.
He served as president of the NCHSAA, the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Officials Association. He was also very active in church and civic affairs, teaching Sunday school for 30 years at Queen Street Methodist Church in Kinston and was very involved with the Salvation Army, including serving as chairman of the Advisory Board there.
He died in 1978.