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  •  Sport: Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field
  •  Date Inducted: October 1992

He succeeded Clair Bee as the Rider Athletic Director in September of 1932. He was a 1931 graduate of Trenton State College where he earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, track & field and baseball. His athletic prowess earned him entry into the Trenton State College Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. He also coined the school's nickname "The Lions" that still stands. In 1933, Donlon installed Rider's first soccer program. His 1938 and 1939 teams were both undefeated beginning a string of 25 consecutive victories. After W.W. II, Donlon continued his coaching duty and compiled a record of 74-40-12 over 18 seasons. His most impressive victory was a 2-1 win over NCAA Champions, Drexel Institute. In basketball, Frank Donlon continued Clair Bee's success, posting a 99-76 record over 11 years. His team reached the 1936 Olympic District II Playoffs but lost to Temple University by a mere one point. In track his 1933 and 1939 mile relay teams won the National Championship in their class. He was a coach and an athletic director second; first and foremost he was a teacher in the Trenton Elementary School System from 1940-1973. Frank Donlon is also a member of the Mercer County Hall of Fame.

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