John Frank, a two-time first-team all-conference defensive end and the 1999 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is in his second year as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater.
Frank, who works with the Ute defensive linemen, helped defensive end Koa Misi to a first-team all-conference season last fall. Misi was the top-tackling defensive end in the MWC (71 total) and he led the Utes in tackles for loss with 9.5. Another player to benefit from Frank's expertise was sophomore tackle Sealver Siliga--a 2009 honorable mention all-MWC selection.
Frank's past coaching experience includes two years as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Dixie State College (2006-07), and a year as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for Skyline High School in Salt Lake City (2005). Skyline won the 5A state championship in his only season.
In addition to coaching, Frank is the founder and owner of Red and Blue Sports, a sports business that offers scholarship profiling, sports camps, mentoring, and strength and speed training.
Frank, a four-year Ute letterman (1996-99) and a starting defensive end his last three seasons, won first-team all-conference honors twice: He made the all-Western Athletic Conference team in 1998 and was all-Mountain West Conference in 1999. As a senior, he was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in sacks (13) and finishing second in tackles for loss (20).
Frank, Utah's 1999 Most Inspirational Player, holds the school career record for sacks (27), sack yards (177) and tackles for loss yards (221). He is tied for the school single-game sack record of four.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round in 2000, and later signed contracts with the New York Jets (2002) and New York Giants (2003). He was a starter for the CFL's Ottawa Renegades in 2003 and for the AFL's Arizona Rattlers in 2005.
The Salt Lake City native and his wife Melissa have three children: sons Jackson and John, Jr., and daughter Samantha. Frank plays the tenor saxophone in the Jazz band "Beverly Brothers" with his parents Alan and Beverly.