Ohio naming field after former Nebraska player, coach Frank Solich
Frank Solich coached at Nebraska from 1998 to 2003, his alma mater, but he made his legacy coaching the Ohio Bobcats, and now that legacy will be honored forever.
The Ohio football program has announced that the football field that graces Peden Stadium will now be named after Solich. From Ohio Football Field to Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium, the Ohio University Board of Trustees agreed to name and now it’s official.
“I’m honored by the recognition and give credit to all the players and coaches who have been with me along the way,” Solich said, according to a release from the University. “The support from Bobcats students, fans and donors has always been appreciated and I thank them as well for their part in our success.”
"Football at Ohio has been a big part of my life." – Frank Solich
Now, Frank Solich will be a part of Ohio football forever.
We now play at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium.
— Ohio Football 🏈 (@OhioFootball) August 18, 2022
Solich started his head coaching career at Nebraska, where he led the Huskers to a 58-19 overall record with wins in the Fiesta and Alamo Bowls along with an appearance in the Rose Bowl. He then spent the rest of his coaching career, 16 seasons, with Ohio, where he amassed a 115-82 record. He’s the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history, and he’s only six wins behind the legendary Don Peden, who earned a 121-46-11 record as head coach of Ohio from 1924-1946. Ohio was in the MAC for only one of Peden’s seasons, 1946.
Solich played at Nebraska from 1963-65, earning All-Big Eight recognition and being inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Ohio’s current head coach, Tim Albin, had been an assistant under Solich for years before stepping up and replacing the legend upon his retirement in 2021.
“Coach Solich is more than the winningest coach in Ohio and MAC history, he has been my mentor and friend for the better part of 25 years,” Albin said. “He changed the culture and perception of Ohio University Athletics for the better, pushing our department to the forefront of the conference, and helping us set the standard for what a successful program could look like at Ohio University. I owe Coach Solich and his wife Pam a great deal, as does our current staff. This honor couldn’t go to a more deserving man, and I am beyond excited for Coach and his family.”