Frank Kush '61 M.S.

Editor's Note: Former ASU football Head Coach Frank Kush will be honored at this year's Legends Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2011.

What are you most excited about related to this year's Legends Luncheon?
I'm really looking forward to seeing so many former football players! This event is a great way to bring the players back to the university.

Tell us about your current position with the Sun Devil Club.
I really enjoy it because I get to maintain my relationships with hundreds of former student-athletes, alums, media, and anyone affiliated with ASU.

What's your favorite ASU memory?
Probably the greatest memories I have are the associations I have with the players. At the collegiate level, in contrast to pro ball, you’re an extension of their family. In other words, you take over for their mother or father or brother, whoever was supervising them... I loved seeing players develop socially, academically and athletically – as long as that player was getting the maximum out of what he had, physically and mentally, that to me was a successful individual.

What current development at ASU do you find most exciting?
The university’s interest in the student body, that to me is a key factor – making the students feel wanted and needed by the institution. When I arrived here in 1955 the student body was only a few thousand students – it’s astronomical now! But students continue to receive individualized attention from faculty and administrators and the community.

I also think it's great how full the student section is at home games. That's what a football team needs – to have their peers cheering them on to victory!

What advice would you give to today’s students?
Get involved with your roommates, classmates, etc. The associations you form here reach beyond graduation into the business world... When I look on my wall at the photos here in my office, I can see the pictures of former players I still associate with, my college roommate, and many others. It’s almost like a brother-to-brother relationship.

Year of graduation: 
1961