he late Frank Rudolph Williams was a
devoted teacher, coach and father who instilled in his students
the importance of receiving an education, working hard and being
a leader in the community. Throughout his childhood, these
ideals were fostered in Frank by his parents and teachers in the
District of Columbia Public Schools. Eventually, they would
become the focus of his work with young people and lead him to a
life dedicated to serving others.
Throughout his life, “the pigeon toed ball
handler and flashy playmaker” was known as a hard worker and
excellent teacher of the game of basketball. During his tenure
as the head basketball coach at Calvin Coolidge High School, 95%
of his students attended college and went on to serve the
community in a variety of capacities. For Frank, this was more
important than any of the other honors bestowed upon him. In May
of 1987, at the age of 43, Frank lost his life to brain cancer.
Frank’s legacy was honored through the
naming of the Frank R. Williams Activity Center at his alma
mater, Coolidge High School, and inductions into the D.C.
Coaches Association and the Howard University Athletics Hall of
His wife, Helen Williams, and daughters,
Ryann and Randi, started the Frank R. Williams Scholarship Fund,
Inc. (FRW Scholarship Fund, Inc.) to share his ideals with
future generations of student athletes. The mission of the Fund
is to provide financial support to Calvin Coolidge High School
(Washington, D.C.) senior student athletes who are seeking
higher education. Awardees must display success on the field,
exhibit strong leadership qualities and a commitment to
education as well as servicing their community.
"Frank was the most knowledgeable player I had ever
|-Marshall Emery, Former Howard
U. Basketball Coach