Frank "Tad" GormleyTrack & Field Coach/Contributor, 1907-65
Loyola University/New Orleans

Inducted: 1971

  • Known as the father of track & field in New Orleans, the city he adopted as his home in 1907, when he came to town to serve as the athletics director at the Young Men's Gymnastics Club. City Park Stadium now bears his name.
  • For years, beginning in 1912, the "Gormley Games" took place after Sunday Mass each week. These informal track meets in City Park saw Gormley serving as coach, athletic trainer and organizer. City Park Stadium opened on Oct. 24, 1937, and the games moved to the new stadium in 1938 when Gormley was hired as its athletic director. He kept this position for almost 30 years.
  • Joined the Loyola athletics staff in 1927 as head boxing, basketball and track coach as well as trainer for the Loyola football team.
  • In 1932 Tad sent four of his athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles – boxers Dennis and Eddie Flynn and track and field stars Rolland Romero and Emmett Toppino. He served as an assistant coach for the Olympic boxing team.
  • While at Loyola, Tad, who also served as track coach at Tulane and LSU, inaugurated the Sunday Morning Handicaps which attracted as many as 4,000 fans.
  • Other positions included serving as the head men's basketball coach at LSU (1921-23), track coach at LSU, track coach at Tulane, an official in the New Orleans Prep School Athletic League, a football and basketball referee, and superintendent of City Park Stadium.
  • Native of Cambridge, Mass., trained for the 1904 and 1906 Boston Marathons.
  • Gormley was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 1962 and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Died in 1965 at the age of 83.

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