Frank Beneski
Basketball,  Soccer,  Baseball, 
​Inducted in 2006
Frank Beneski was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Suffield High School from 1958 to 1960. He was a member of two state championship teams—1958 soccer and 1960 basketball. Frank and his teammates compiled exceptional winning records highlighted by his senior year when in the sports of soccer, basketball and baseball, they won a total of 47 games, lost but 7, and tied 2. The team’s leading scorer in basketball, Frank was selected to the State All-Tournament First Team in 1960 and was Honorable Mention All-State in both his junior and senior years. In addition to athletics, Frank was a student leader who was elected to several student government positions and was a consistent honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. He earned a full academic scholarship to the University of Hartford where he continued to shine in academics and played two years on the basketball team.

Following high school and college, he umpired Little League games and ultimately coached several teams in a 13-year career.
For the past 30-plus years, Frank and his wife, Sheila, have been attending high school basketball games. They now routinely attend about 125 games per year and have established themselves as the #1 fans in Connecticut. They have been honored by individual teams, referee associations, and in 2002 were honored by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference in appreciation of their support. Numerous newspaper articles and television appearances have heralded their devotion to the game.
In 2001, Frank in concert with the Suffield Sports Council, became the driving force behind the establishment of the Suffield Athletic Hall of Fame. An ardent follower of sports and possessing an historian’s sense of Suffield athletics in particular, he was a natural for the task. Frank was the chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee for its first 14 years, and he and his wife Sheila are still vital members of the Committee and remain two of the biggest proponents of the celebration and preservation of Suffield athletic history.