Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

Francis Sr Tindall

Nickname: Frank
Birth: October 16, 1909
Deceased: October 05, 1993
Home Town: Solvay, N.Y.
Inducted as: Athlete/Builder
Inducted for: Football,
Inducted in: 1996


A native of Solvay, N.Y. and a former basketball and football star at Syracuse University, Frank made a significant contribution to football, touching many lives for 29 years as head coach of the Queen’s Golden Gaels.

An honourable mention All-American, Frank played for the Toronto Argonauts and was a conference all-star in 1933, his rookie season. He was inducted into the CFL (Canadian Football League) Hall of Fame in 1985.

One of Canada’s most successful coaches (106-74-2), Frank led Queen’s to eight Yates Cup titles and one national championship, in 1968.

The Frank Tindall Trophy, initiated in 1969, is awarded to the top university football coach in Canada by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the national university sport governing body.

Frank also coached the varsity basketball team from 1949 to 1975, winning Queen’s only conference championship in 1957 since the 1909 season.