Larry Frost, the father of Nebraska Coach Scott Frost, has died. He was 73.
Larry Frost passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at home in Lincoln, with Scott, Carol and me by his side. Godspeed, Dad. We love you. pic.twitter.com/x5CZWPvj1G
— Steve Frost (@stevefrosty) September 17, 2020
Larry was a former Husker himself, having played at Nebraska from 1966 to 1969 after a record-setting career in eight-man football at Malcolm High School. Larry scored 121 touchdowns and 765 points during his high school career, later becoming the first eight-man player to earn offensive player of the game honors in the 1965 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He lettered in three sports—football, basketball and track and field—at Malcolm. He is believed to be the school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball.
Larry was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2019, alongside his son, Scott.
“I’m honored to go in and it makes it even more special to have a chance to go in with dad,” Scott said after the announcement was made. “I’m just thrilled for dad. I know this means a lot to him and it means a lot to our family.”
Having become eligible to be inducted in 2008, Scott turned down the opportunity when first offered in hopes he could share the moment with his dad.
“Make no secret about it, I was approached to be in the hall of fame in Nebraska quite a while ago,” Scott said in 2019. “And I declined in the hope that one day my father would be inducted, too, and we could be inducted at the same time. So this is special for me.”
Larry—alongisde his wife Carol, who was a record-setting thrower in high school and college herself—coached his sons at Wood River. He compiled a career record of 180-52-3.
Since Scott returned to Nebraska in 2017, Larry was often spotted at practices and games watching his son and the Huskers in action. While Scott credited his return to many people and his love of Nebraska, his parents always remained top of the list.
“It’s one of the reasons I took this job,” Scott said.