Frank “Red” Pendergast

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1988
About This Inductee

Wilkes-Barre, PA

“Red” was educated in the Harrisburg schools and was Captain of the baseball & football teams at Villanova College, where he was an honorable mention fullback. Pendergast began his coaching career at Coughlin in 1922 as the head coach of baseball, basketball, track, swimming and gymnastics. He coached numerous championship football teams at Coughlin High School until 1946 where he taught health education. During this time, he also worked in extracurricular athletic programs at the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, Boy Scouts and helped organize the athletic pro-grams at the newly founded King’s College. Pendergast died in 1964 while attending a Coughlin football game. He was married in 1915 to the former Nora Regan of Harrisburg. He is the father of five children: Marguerite Hogan, Peeksville, NY; Ann Baltz, Wilkes-Barre; James, Rockville, MD; Eileen, Washington D.C.; and Nancy Messersmith, Trucksville. The Pendergasts have 19 grandchildren.