* Frank Weedon 2014
Frank Weedon was born May 11, 1931, in Washington, D.C., and was a 1954 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism. He spent two years as the sports information director at Lehigh University and three years in the U.S. Army as a European counter-intelligence officer, stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He came to N.C. State on June 1, 1960, and established deep roots in Raleigh in a profession that is notorious for its nomadic nature.
As N.C. State’s sports information director for 12 years, Weedon promoted the accomplishments of Wolfpack stars in all sports. Inspired by what he thought was biased coverage on local airwaves, Weedon put together the first Wolfpack Radio Network to broadcast N.C. State football and men’s basketball games.
After moving into athletics administration in 1971 as Willis Casey’s only assistant director, Weedon was on the hiring committees for coaches the likes of Lou Holtz, Kay Yow, Bo Rein, Jim Valvano and Dick Sheridan. He taught them all how to bleed Wolfpack red.
His proudest professional moment came in 1982 when he accepted on behalf of legendary basketball coach Everett Case a posthumous induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Married in 1989 to the former Janice Bunn Nixon, long after Weedon had made generations of Wolfpack athletes his family, he was the most familiar face in the athletics department. He and Janice probably attended more N.C. State events – athletic, cultural and academic – than any couple in the 125-year history of the institution. Although he officially retired in 1996, Weedon still showed up every morning for the next 15 years as a senior associate athletics director emeritus to serve as N.C. State athletics’ unofficial historian and walking anecdote mill.
Weedon did a bit of everything during his tenure at N.C. State. He was the media director for the final Dixie Classic and for a half-dozen ACC Tournaments played at Reynolds Coliseum. He was the official scorer for the 1966 Final Four, when Texas Western shocked Kentucky for the national championship. And he was with the Wolfpack when it won the 1974 and 1983 national titles. He was tournament manager for five NCAA men’s basketball tournaments at Reynolds Coliseum and served as chair of the ACC wrestling, tennis, soccer, women’s basketball and men’s swimming committees.
His association with N.C. State went beyond athletics. He was a perennial member of the “Friends of the College” concert series and committee member for the fundraising efforts to restore both Thompson Theater and Reynolds Coliseum. North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt presented him with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1996. A year later, he received the N.C. State Alumni Association’s Award of Merit.
He served the community as president of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame and the Bill Dooley/Triangle East Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In 2008, he received the Marvin “Skeeter” Francis Award from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in recognition of notable achievement and service to the media covering ACC sports.