The Frank Broyles Story
Coach Broyles ability to turn his “compassion into a passion” has ignited a multitude of people across the country to become involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and finally recognizing the great need in taking care of the caregiver. His outstanding leadership, passion and advocacy has led Coach Broyles to an appointment to the White House Council on Aging, representing family caregivers across the country.
“No One Should Go Through This Alone”
How Alzheimer’s Affected the Broyles Family
(Scroll down for timeline of Frank Broyles’ Life)
Coach Frank Broyles
Timeline of His Life and Legacy
John Franklin Broyles was born on December 26, 1924. He served as head football coach for the University of Missouri in 1957 before accepting the head coaching position for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1958. He was among the most competitive coaches in the country along with Bear Bryant and Darrel Royal.
In 1972 he took on dual roles of Athletic Director and coach until he retired from coaching in 1976. After his retirement from coaching, but concurrent with his tenure as men’s athletic director, Broyles served as the primary color commentator for ABC Sports television covering college football along side fellow Georgian Keith Jackson. Broyles and Jackson won an Emmy for their unique coverage of college football games.
Coach Broyles retired on December 31, 2007, after spending 50 years at the UofA. For five decades Coach Frank Broyles helped define the standard of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. A legendary coach, nationally respected athletic director and goodwill ambassador for his university and state, Coach Broyles’ influence continues to live on today.
A long list of honors follows Coach Broyles including his 1983 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, recipient of the John L. Turner award, recognized in the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Halls of Fame. In June 2008 Coach Broyles was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. For his effort and great success in working with assistant coaches there is now an award named after the legendary coach, The Broyles Award which has become one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in college football.
As impressive as Coach’s background is in athletics his greatest accomplishment was the 59 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, the former Barbara Day and the family they raised together. Their children consist of four sons Jack, Hank, Dan and Tommy; twin daughters Betsy and Linda. Broyles lost his beloved Barbara to Alzheimer’s Disease in October of 2004. Since that time he has shifted his focus from college sports and has become a very strong advocate of Alzheimer’s, setting the pace to find a cure for the disease.
In 2005 coach Broyles decided he wanted to help caregivers understand how to care for this disease. He asked his daughters Linda and Betsy to write down everything they could remember on how they took care of Barbara. Working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Golden Living, 100,000 copies of “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” were distributed free of charge through pharmacies all over the state of Arkansas in 2006. It would not take long for the Playbook to go national. In 2007, Coach Broyles raised the funds to print another 500,000 Playbooks to distribute all over the country. The Alzheimer’s Associations and other organization distributed these free of charge. Coach Broyles never wanted a resource to be a burden on families.
In 2009, Coach Broyles again raised the necessary funds to print 500,000 playbooks in English and 100,000 copies in Spanish. He also had the playbook translated into 11 languages which were made available for free download. Now, to helps defray the costs of storage and mailing the books, the foundation charges $5 per download and $10 per hardcopy for shipping and handling.
Realizing that Alzheimer’s was his toughest opponent yet, in 2009 The Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation was founded. Three generations of the Broyles family name have joined together traveling across the country telling their story providing much needed information to families and eldercare organizations which are striving to provide compassionate care to those suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Today Coach Broyles plays an active role in what is now “The Broyles Foundation” continuing his mission to provide the Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers for every caregiver. Together with his daughter, Betsy and granddaughter, Molly the legacy of Barbara Broyles continues to touch the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. Coach Broyles resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife, the former Gen Whitehead, his six children and nineteen grandchildren.