FAYETTEVILLE — Frank Broyles put in more than 50 years of service to the Arkansas athletic department as both head coach and athletic director. The Razorbacks will recognize his impact on the program with a statue outside of the Broyles Center.
Arkansas announced Tuesday it will dedicate a statue of the 87-year-old during a ceremony scheduled for the day of the Arkansas-LSU game (Nov. 23). The public is invited to the ceremony, which will be held outside the Broyles Center at 10 a.m.
“We want to invite Razorback fans to join us for this special ceremony as we honor the legacy of Coach Frank Broyles,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said. “For more than 50 years, Coach Broyles made numerous significant contributions as a coach and as an athletic administrator. It is fitting that soon a statue in front of the Broyles Athletic Center will further serve as a permanent tribute to the immeasurable impact Coach Broyles has had on the Razorback program, our university, our state and the world of intercollegiate athletics.”
It will be the first outdoors statue on campus of anyone associated with the Razorbacks’ athletic department. It's a fitting tribute, considering Broyles came to Arkansas in Dec. 1957 and has been instrumental in the program’s success.
He compiled a 144-58-5 mark in 19 seasons as the Razorbacks' head coach, leading Arkansas to its only national championship in football in 1964. Broyles worked as both head coach and athletic director from 1973-76 before retiring from the sideline. Broyles then concentrated on duties as Arkansas' athletic director and held the position for 30 more years before stepping down in Dec. 2007.
He has since worked with the Razorback Foundation as Athletic Director Emeritus.
Arkansas won 43 national titles, 57 championships in the Southwest Conference, 48 Southeastern Conference championships, and 22 football bowl bids with Broyles as athletic director. Broyles also oversaw the construction and renovation of all athletic facilities on campus, including the renovation of Razorback Stadium and the construction of Bud Walton Arena and Baum Stadium.