"...But sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can."
Life with Hurdles
On April, 26, 1940 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Richard L. (Dick) Frame was born. In 1965, he decided to pack up and move to Macon, Georgia, where he has resided ever since. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1958 where both he and his twin brother, Steve, ran track. Dick competed in the 110m hurdles, 100 and 200 yard dash, the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays and the long jump. His SEC track career highlight came in the 100m yard dash when he defeated Heisman Trophy Winner Billy Cannon.
While attending Georgia Tech, he met his future wife Marty Jackson. They ended up settling down in Macon in 1964 and had 4 children, Rick, Jacki, Jeff and Taylor, whom all attended First Presbyterian Day School (FPD). And in 1979, Dick's involvement in the
track and field program at FPD took off. While working at The Trane Company as a sales engineer, he began volunteer coaching FPD students in the hurdles and pole vault, and has continued coaching for almost 40 years.
Life with ALS
After years of running along his players and beating them left and right, he started to notice a slight change in his performance. Something wasn't right. After multiple doctors appointments, the news came in February of 2009. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS disease.
Yet, that disease has not stopped him from doing what he loves. Coach Frame has coached over 20 State Hurdle Champions combined in the 300m, 110m and 100m hurdles, and over 20 State Runner Ups. He was the official starter of the GISA state track meets from 1982 to 2010, until his arm could no longer hold up the gun. His long list of rewards include being named the winner of the Macon Telegraph Sam Burke Award for Service to High School Sports in 2000, recipient of the FPD Alumni Service Award in 2009, being inducted into the 2016 Macon Sports Hall of Fame and FPD dedicating it's Track and Field Facility to him in 2014. In 2015, FPD created the Dick Frame Invitational Track Meet in his honor. You can now find the Dick Frame Track and Field Complex located at the high school today.
Although he has been battling this disease for almost 10 years, you can find him out on the track coaching on his little red and black scooter. He has 7 grandchildren, Jackson, Jay, Sadie, Truett, Cammie, Mary Vella and Fletcher, 5 of the 7 who attend(or attended FPD), the other two live in Atlanta. His oldest granddaughter, Sadie, is a senior this year and has been running hurdles for "Pop" since her 6th grade year. Coach Frame, or Pop, has coached his own granddaughter to winning Region in the 100m and 300m hurdles twice, and place in the State Championship Track Meet two years in a row. Once FPD created the the Dick Frame Invitational, Sadie has won both the 100m and 300m hurdles during the meet the past two years. It truly is something amazing for the two of them to share!