Athens Hall of Fame

October 22nd, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

hall-of-fame-3.4Athens Athletic Hall of Fame: Coach Frank Malinowski

Frank Malinowski’s success in high school football afforded him the opportunity to play for many college programs. However, in 1950, he began his first collegiate season at the United States Marine Merchant Academy. A year later, he transferred to the University of Georgia, where he continued his football career under legendary Coach Wally Butts. During his time at UGA, he lettered his freshman, sophomore, and junior year at three different positions.

When his college football days came to an end, Frank began coaching at Athens High School. During his years there, he coached varsity football, girl’s basketball and swimming. He then moved on to become the principal of Clarke Central High School from 1975 to 1984. Frank has served as an important part to this community and is therefore a worthy inductee into the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame.

Athens Athletic Hall of Fame: Melvin “Night Train” Jones

Melvin “Night Train” Jones played defensive halfback and linebacker at Athens High and Industrial School, from Georgia’s first four-year public high school for African-American students. His senior season, he was voted MVP and was selected to play in the Georgia All-Star game, which his team won. His most memorable football moment, however, is of a game played against Carver High School. At halftime, his team was losing. In the locker room, they were given a “pump up” speech which, he says, made them come together as one unit for the second half. “We went back out there and we marched up and down that field and we beat them by seven points,” said Jones.

Melvin went on to play at Allen University in Columbia, SC, as fullback and linebacker. When he returned to Athens, he became one of the first African-American firefighters in Athens-Clarke County. He was also involved in a mentoring program within the Clarke County School system, where he became a positive role model for young male elementary school students. “During that time they didn’t see African-American firefighters, so when I became one, I realized that a lot of kids needed someone to mentor them and show them they could achieve something if they worked hard and put their minds to it,” said Melvin.

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