With Don Frey at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling program, the Quakers earned their first-ever back-to-back Ivy League titles in 1968 and 1969. Frey oversaw the early makings of a wrestling powerhouse program and developed several athletes from the ground up, including three-time EIWA-placewinner and Penn Athletic Hall of Fame member David Pottruck, C’70, WG’72.

 

During Frey's reign at the helm, the Red and Blue had a record of 38-16 in the Ivy League. Fifteen of his wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

 

He also coached nine top-three EIWA finishers and he led the team to an unbeaten streak of 25 matches over a period of two and a half years.  Penn amassed a record of 64-25-2 during Frey's nine seasons as head coach (1962-70) and he was twice named Coach of the Year.

 

A prolific wrestler himself, Frey knew what it took to make a champion. In 1953, he served as co-captain of the Penn State wrestling team that was the first-ever team from the East to capture the NCAA title. He was a runner-up for the National Championship at 145 lbs as a sophomore and took third in the 1953 Nationals. In high school, the native of Newton, N.J. was a three-time state champion.

 

On the athletic training side, Frey, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Physical Therapy in 1957, was one of the first sports medicine professionals to hold certifications as both a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Over the years he gathered a good staff, which in turn brought Penn to the forefront of sports medicine throughout the Ivy League and along the East Coast.

 

Frey's crowning glory may have come at the 1980 Olympics as he was chosen as one of just 30 individuals to serve as an athletic therapist for the host committee in Lake Placid, N.Y.