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Demacio, Falks to be inducted onto wall

By Andy Hallman | Oct 03, 2017
Photo by: Dave Neff Anthony Demacio

The Ledger continues with its series featuring the 10 inductees to the Parsons College Wall of Honor.

The ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Today we feature Anthony Demacio and Franklin Falks.

 

Anthony Demacio,

Class of 1967

 

WAXHAW, NORTH CAROLINA – “Parsons was my home away from home and offered me the opportunity to achieve an education from a great faculty which also had a vision for its students that has been unmatched to this day,” Demacio said. “Those years were four of the greatest years of my life. Parsons will always hold a special place in my heart.”

He grew up in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh. He loved baseball, still does, and made it his life’s work.

After playing ball and graduating from Parsons, Demacio ventured back east and became head baseball coach at Riverhead High School. His keen eye and recognition of talent led to a distinguished career as one of Major League baseball’s “most respected scouts.”

Over his 31-plus years, Demacio has been employed by the Atlanta Braves (twice), Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. He served as director of scouting for the Orioles and Braves.

Topping the lengthy list of players he was responsible for discovering and drafting are MLB Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves. In 2008, Demacio was named “MLB Scout of the Year.”

Legendary scout Paul Snyder labeled him “a real difference maker.” He concluded his career as director of scouting for the Atlanta Braves in 2014.

Shortly thereafter, Demacio received the highest honor in MLB scouting, the distinguished “George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting.” The award was presented by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at MLB’s “In the Spirit of the Games” awards ceremony in 2015.

Demacio and wife, Diane, have two children and live in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Dave Neff will present Tony to the Wall of Honor.

 

Franklin C. Falks,

Class of 1966

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Falks is a native of Tampa, Florida. He made his mark as a football coach. Over a 35-year span, he left his foot prints at nine colleges and universities. His successes, as offensive line coach, offensive and defensive coordinator, running backs coach and assistant head coach, paved the way to an 11-year career in the NFL. Included on Frank’s professional coaching resume are stints with San Diego, Detroit and St. Louis.

And prior to his NFL experience, he posted a lengthy and distinguished career in the NCAA ranks. Frank coached at Kansas State, University of Arkansas (first African-American full-time assistant coach at a southern major university), University of Wyoming, San Diego State, Oklahoma State, University of Southern California (first African-American assistant head coach at a major university), Arizona State and The Ohio State University (under John Cooper, who he coached with for eight years, including Arizona State).

Frank attended Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, FL. He then moved onto Joplin Junior College in Missouri where, as team captain, earned All-America honors as a linebacker, and was later voted to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

He repeated the All-America honors at Parsons in 1966. Following graduating with BS Degrees in Biology and Health & Education, he moved from the classroom and the field to the sidelines after accepting his very first coaching assignment. As Offensive Coordinator of the Parsons College Wildcats, he holds the distinction of being Parsons first black coach.

Frank’s professional associations include, memberships to the National Football Association (NFA), Black Coaches Association (BCA-charter member), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc.

Frank and wife Carol currently resides in Columbus, OH. He will be presented by Andy Ballash.

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