Former Rocky Mountain College football coach Frank Mathew will be posthumously honored as the Ron "Swede" Kenison Memorial Award winner Thursday night during halftime of the Rocky-Carroll College men's basketball game at the Fortin Center.
Mathew died last March at age 92.
He coached football at Rocky from 1949-67, and still ranks as the Battlin' Bears' all-time winningest coach with 49 wins, seven winning seasons and two Montana Collegiate Conference championships.
"He is certainly most deserving of the Ron "Swede" Kenison Memorial Award whose tenets are: character, dedication, leadership, loyalty and service," said Frontier commissioner Kent Paulson. "We certainly all know that Frank exhibited all of these fine qualities throughout his tenure serving Rocky Mountain College and the Frontier Conference."
The annual award is named after Kenison, from Butte, who served 11 years as the Frontier commissioner. He died at age 72 in 2005.
Mathew, who was one of the inaugural inductees into Rocky's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990, served as a coach in football, basketball and track, teacher and athletic director during the 33 years (1949-82) he spent at the school.
He is a graduate of Billings Polytechnic Institute, where he attended in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
“Knowing both the Kenison family and the Mathew family, I can tell you that both men had many similar traits," said Rocky athletic director Robert Beers. "Coach Mathew meant so much to the campus of Rocky Mountain College. This is a great way to honor his legacy. We miss him a lot.”