Frank Satalin

Frank Satalin

Basketball

Enshrined: 1994

Born: 1915, Syracuse, NY

Died: September 12, 2008

Known as the dean of Parochial League coaches, Frank Satalin enjoyed great success during his career which included stints at St. Patrick's, St. Lucy's and St. John the Baptist.

Satalin, a former hoops start at St. Lucy’s, got into the coaching ranks in 1943 at St. Patrick's, which won its first league championship under him that same year. His St. Lucy's squad was the first Parochial League team to go undefeated (1953-54 season) and they won 25 consecutive games during a two-year span.

At St. John the Baptist, Satalin won five league championships. In 1963, he helped St. John become the first-ever team to win the “Grand Slam” (league, playoff, City/Diocesan titles). Guided by Satalin, St. John chalked up an impressive 33 consecutive wins from 1961-1963.

Satalin represents one half of the first father and son duo to be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame. His son, Jim, is a member of the Class of 1999.

Career highlights:

1931-1933: Graduated from St. Lucy’s Academy where he was an outstanding basketball and baseball player

1933-1935: Attended Dean Academy

1935-1937: Attended Niagara University

1942: Served in the US Army in World War II.

1943: Won Parochial League Championship at St. Patrick’s

1953-1954: Helped St. Lucy’s Academy become first Parochial League team to go undefeated in regular season and playoffs

1954: Won league and playoff championship at St. Lucy’s; Won 25 games over a two-year span

1958-1971: Won five league championships at St. John the Baptist

1962: Won league and playoffs at St. John the Baptist

1963: Won league, playoff, City/Diocesan titles, St. John is first team ever to win the "Grand Slam"

1961-1963: Coach his team to 33 consecutive winning games

1971: Voted Central New York referee's "Man of the Year"

1992: Received the Blind Men and Criers annual “John Arcaro Coaches Award” given to a high school coach for outstanding success in their spor

 

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