Frank Sevigne, a graduate of Seton Hall, is best-known as the head men’s track & field coach at the University of Nebraska from 1955 until his retirement in 1983.
Sevigne, the longest tenured track & field coach in Nebraska history, served a total of 34 years as a collegiate head coach. Following a six-year stint (1950-55) as head men’s track & field coach at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he headed to Nebraska (1956-83), where he would make his mark on the sport for the next 28 years.
During his tenure at Nebraska, Sevigne’s teams won both the indoor and outdoor Big 8 Conference Championships. Sevigne coached many notable athletes including Keith Gardener, 1960 Olympian; Lynn Edmonds, 1964 and 1968 Olympian; and 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist Charlie Green, who tied world records in the 60 and 100 yards and broke the world record in the 100-meters.
He oversaw a total of 11 national champions, 42 All Americans, and 103 individual conference champions while compiling a dual and triangular record of 141-49-3.
A talented meet director as well, Sevigne had the foresight to introduce one of the top collegiate indoor track meets in the nation, the Husker Invitational, which has been renamed the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in his memory. He directed several other high-level meets, including the 1959 NCAA Championships, a USA vs. USSR dual meet in 1975, and the National Junior Olympic Games.
Sevigne also served the sport in numerous other capacities, including: President of the IC4A Coaches Association; member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee; member of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Committee; Chief-De-Mission for the U.S. Junior National Team that competed in the Soviet Union and West Germany; Chairman of Track & field Region VII for the AAU; and referee at meets including the Kansas Relays, Drake Relays, Michigan State Relays, USA vs. USSR Dual Meet, and U.S. Junior National Championships. He also previously served as an advisory coach for the Jamaica and Iceland national teams.
Following his retirement at the conclusion of the 1983 season, Sevigne continued to be connected with the Husker program as an Associate Head Coach during the 1984 season. He lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 29, 1985.