Weedon leaves behind a 50-year legacy in NC State athletics

September 3, 2013
By Chris Saunders

The Wolfpack has lost a dear friend and one of  its most ardent supporters, as Frank Weedon, a former NC State senior associate director of athletics, has died.

Weedon, a native of Washington, D.C., held several posts in the athletics department and did just about anything imaginable to help Wolfpack athletics flourish.

After graduating from the University of Maryland and serving for three years in the U.S. Army, Weedon joined NC State in 1960 as the department’s sports information director, a post he held for 12 years. He became an assistant athletics director and then a senior athletics director in an administrative career that spanned 23 years.

He was a fixture at NC State sporting events. He was the mind behind listing NC State basketball legend Tommy Burleson’s height at 7-foot-4, making him more of a headline as the tallest player in the country, even though Burleson was closer to 7-foot-2. He was the one who suggested Kay Yow’s name when Willis Casey wanted to hire the first woman to coach in women’s athletics at NC State. Weedon once even collected a technical foul at a Wolfpack basketball game. And he created the Wolfpack Radio Network so fans across the state could tune in to listen to games.

Even though he retired from the university in 1995, Weedon remained heavily involved in athletics. He became the keeper of Wolfpack sports history, gathering memorabilia for the Hall of Champions inside the Murphy Center.

Weedon, who was 82, had been declining in health in recent years, the News & Observer reported today.


3 Responses to “Weedon leaves behind a 50-year legacy in NC State athletics”

  1. Jackie Bunn says:

    Frank was an avid supporter of NC State, He loved and lived his sports. He will be reatly missed by the Bunn family.

  2. Connie Burleson Greene says:

    Mr. Weedon thank you so very much for your love and watching over my baby brother and me. Love and prayers to your family.

  3. David Horning says:

    Frank took care of many student-athletes. He was like a father to many and will be missed for his many good deeds and kindness. My very best to Frank—– always.

    On behalf of many, many student-athletes,

    David Horning

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