Frank Barnikow (Sports)

Frank Barnikow (Sports)

1891 – 1983

A Meriden native, Frank Barnikow was head of the Meriden High School physical education department, a championship coach, and a veteran of 35 years with the local public school system.

He attended Munson Academy where he was active in football, basketball, baseball and track; he was graduated from Suffield Academy where he took part in three sports. After serving in the U.S. Navy for twenty-six months in World War I, he began his teaching career in New York City.

Frank Barnikow returned to Meriden in 1922 and began coaching basketball, football and track at Meriden High School. He later substituted baseball coaching for his duties as track mentor. In the early 1930s he relinquished his post as baseball coach but continued to coach basketball and football until 1947.

In 1926 his first varsity football team breezed through an unbeaten and untied season. 

Meriden High rolled up 176 points to only 21 by opponents and defeated Nashua, New Hampshire 12-0 in a post-season intersectional game.

In 1935 and 1936, Coach Barnikow led his basketball team to state and New England championships. Meriden High was the first school to win consecutive New England basketball championships.

Coach Barnikow’s many accomplishments were recognized by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance in 1964, when he was presented the Gold Key.

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