|Born||March 16, 1928|
|Died||July 14, 2012 (aged 84)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1949-1950||Rutgers (freshman backfield)|
|1957-1960||Chatham HS (NJ)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1976)|
Frank Robert Burns (March 16, 1928 - July 14, 2012) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Johns Hopkins University from 1951 to 1952 and at Rutgers University from 1973 to 1983, compiling a career college football record of 84-52-2. In 1978, Burns led the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to their first bowl game, the now-defunct Garden State Bowl.
Raised in Roselle Park, New Jersey, Burns played baseball, basketball and football at Roselle Park High School, serving as captain of the football and basketball teams, and winning state championships in both of those sports.
Burns played football as a quarterback at Rutgers University for four years, from 1945 to 1948. There he ran the T formation under head coach Harvey Harman, completing 117 of 270 passes for 2,389 yards and 35 touchdowns with a 27-7 career record. He was also a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Burns coached football at Johns Hopkins University from 1951 to 1952 and at Rutgers University from 1973 to 1983. Burns has the most wins of any head coach in Rutgers Scarlet Knights football history with a record of 78-43-1 including an undefeated 11-0 campaign in 1976. He led Rutgers to a 13-7 upset victory over Tennessee in 1979.
During Burns's tenure as head coach, Rutgers began playing outside of its traditional schedule of Eastern teams such as Ivy League opponents, Colgate, and Lehigh. Burns was dismissed from Rutgers in 1983 after three consecutive losing seasons.
|Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (Mason-Dixon Conference) (1951-1952)|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA Division I/I-A Independent) (1973-1983)|
|1978||Rutgers||9-3||L Garden State|