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Class of 2009
Humboldt State: 1989 - 2013
Frank Cheek arrived at Humboldt State in 1969 as a wrestling coach and 20 years later, in 1989, he helped revive the Jacks’ softball program and ultimately was named head coach.
Before coaching softball at Humboldt State, he was the head coach at Arcata High School for five seasons. In his first season at Humboldt, 1990, he led the team to a 29-win season. The next season he guided the Jacks to 41 wins and the NCAA Division II tournament.
Cheek took the Jacks to the NCAA tournament in 20 of his 25 seasons as head coach, winning national championships in 1999 and 2008, while appearing in the championship game for a third time in 2013.
Cheek had 13 seasons where the team won 50 or more games, and Humboldt State won a school-record 60 games in both 1998 and 2005. He had a career record of 1148-361-2 and retired after a 2013 after a national championship game appearance. He was also named the conference Coach of the Year 12 times, including his final three seasons.
Cheek graduated from San Francisco State in 1963, followed by four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was inducted into the San Francisco State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2009.