Draft:Frank Zarnowski

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Frank Zarnowski
Frank Zarnowski.jpg
BornApril 14, 1943
York, PA
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Public Address Announcer, Writer, Official
SportsTrack and Field

Dr. Frank Zarnowski (April 14, 1943) is an author, historian, coach, TV commentator, statistician and award-winning public address announcer for track and field events, specializing in the decathlon.[1] [2] Zarnowski has been a mainstay at national track and field championships since 1970 and has the distinction of being the Public address announcer when the world record was set on five different occasions between 1975 and 2012. Zarnowski's non-profit website keeps readers up to date on the decathlon world and publishes the weekly DECA Newsletter.[3] Several of his books on track and field have been nominated for national awards.[4] In addition to his own published work, Zarnowski is regularly called upon to comment on all things decathlon as he is thought of by many as the foremost authority on the subject.[5] [6] [7] [8] Zarnowski was Professor of Economics at Mount St. Mary's University from 1967-2008 and has held the same position at Dartmouth College since 2002.[9]

Zarnowski was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in November, 2016.[10]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Bil (May 7, 1979). "He's Every Inch a Decathnut". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ "TAFWA Annual Award Winners Released". Runner Space. June 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Frank Zarnowski - USA T&F Hall of Fame Bio". USA Track & Field.
  4. ^ books can be found listed with publishers: Human Kinetics, Griffin, McFarland, Scarecrow Press, DECA The Decathlon Association
  5. ^ Patrick, Dick (May 7, 2009). "High school decathlete top class in some events". USA Today.
  6. ^ Weintraub, Robert (Aug 20, 2008). "Remember When Decathletes Were Cool?". Slate.
  7. ^ Rosen, Karen (June 21, 2012). "Decathlon buzz bubbles". USA Today.
  8. ^ Layden, Tim (July 4, 2016). "An American Hero". Sports Illustrated.
  9. ^ "Frank Zarnowski - Dartmouth Staff Directory". Dartmouth College Economics.
  10. ^ Cannon, John (Mar 21, 2017). "Decathlon expert, former Mount St. Mary's coach and professor inducted into track and field hall of fame". The Frederick News-Post.

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The USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and is the premier honor for Athletics athletes, coaches and contributors. The hall is currently maintained by The Armory Foundation in New York City, which opened in January 2003.