Frank Turley recognized for standing NAU record

Photo courtesy of Celeste Fisher Frank Turley (second from left) was honored by NAU for his legacy as an NAU Lumberjack. Also pictured are (left to right) NAU Athletics Director of Development Derek Petruskevich, and Turley’s grandsons Caleb Rogers, Kyler Farr and Eldon Ferguson.

Last month members of Holbrook resident Frank Turley’s family, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren accompanied him to the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks vs. Montana Grizzlies basketball game for a very special event. At half-time Turley was presented with a NAU cookie in recognition of his 1955-56 basketball legacy. As a senior attending NAU, Turley set a standing single game record of 46 points against West New Mexico University. He, as well as his fellow teammates, was also inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame.

Turley was one of only three to be inducted into the 1,000 Point Club for his scoring record of 1,090 points from 1951 to 1956.

After growing up with the stories of Turley’s basketball career and the three records he set while attending school at NAU, his children and grandchildren were delighted to be at an actual game with him and three of his grandsons were honored to be his escorts onto the court.

The family appreciated NAU’s warmth and generosity in making that evening truly memorable with pre-game family pictures on the court, a complimentary dinner and on-court recognition honoring Turley. The family is also appreciative of the off-court example and influence Turley has always been as a father and grandfather.