Frank Sbrocco '57
Meadville, Pa. product Frank Sbrocco played soccer, basketball and tennis at Grove City from 1953-57. He graduated with a B.S. in Commerce degree in 1957.
Described by head coach Bob Thorn as “one of his finest athletes,” Sbrocco’s tireless work ethic and tremendous desire enabled him to be one of the College’s all-time great multi-sport student-athletes.
Sbrocco holds the distinction of being the first Grove City College varsity player to be declared as an All-American when the National Soccer Coaches Association selected him for Honorable Mention All-America following the 1956 season.
As senior captain, “Frankie” helped lead the team to an undefeated and untied record in seven outings. The highlight of the season was an upset win of regional power Oberlin, which had won 50 of its previous 51 matches.
In only his third year of playing soccer, he achieved All-Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware regional recognition at outside left. During his four years, the Wolverines posted a 25-4-2 record.
Feared more by his opponents for his crossing passes, Sbrocco, often regarded as the “sparkplug” of the team, averaged over one goal per contest. He was a charter member of the Grove City College Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001.
The 5-foot-5 Sbrocco also excelled on the basketball court as a standout guard, earning three letters. The Wolverines won 25 and lost 11 in his last two seasons.
Despite never playing tennis before arriving at Grove City, Sbrocco earned three varsity letters. He played No. 1 singles and doubles in both his junior and senior years and captained the team in 1957.In addition to being a 10-time letterman, he was listed in the 1956-1957 Edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and earned Sportsman of the Year in 1955.