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Dennis Franchione

Dennis Wayne Franchione known as Coach Fran, is a retired American football coach. He is the former head football coach at Texas State University, a position he held from 1990 to 1991, when the school was known as Southwest Texas State University, resumed from 2011 to 2015. Franchione has served as the head football coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Pittsburg State University, the University of New Mexico, Texas Christian University, the University of Alabama, Texas A&M University. In his 27 seasons as a head coach in college football, Franchione won eight conference championships and one divisional crown. Franchione was born in Kansas, he received his bachelor of arts in 1973 from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Franchione and his wife, the former Kim Kraus, began dating after he took her on a tour of his alma mater, Pittsburg State, at the request of her father, they married shortly in 1977, while living in Peabody, Kansas. The couple have Elizabeth Ann and Ashley Renee. Brad Franchione, his son from a previous marriage, was the head football coach at Blinn College prior to his most recent position with his father at Texas State.

Brad and his wife, have three children. After graduating from Pittsburg State, Franchione served as the head football coach at Miller High School in Miller, from 1973 to 1974, he served as an assistant coach at Mulvane High School in Mulvane, Kansas, in 1975. From 1976 to 1977, he served as the head coach at Peabody-Burns High School in Kansas. In 1978, Franchione was hired to be an assistant coach at Kansas State University, a position he held until he was hired to be the head coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, in 1981. During his two years at Southwestern, he led the team to a 14–4–2 record, a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title, a Sunflower Bowl win, his 9 wins in 1982 tied the school record and was Southwestern's most since 1967. After two seasons as offensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech in 1983 and 1984, Franchione was hired as the head coach at his alma mater, Pittsburg State University. During his five seasons with the Gorillas, he led the team to a 53–6 record, 37–1 in conference, won five conference titles, was named NAIA National Coach of the Year twice.

He tied the school record for victories in a single season three times before breaking it with the 12 victories of his 1989 team. In 1990, he joined Texas State University, where he compiled a 13 -- 9 record. In 1992, Franchione took his first head coaching job in Division I-A at the University of New Mexico. In his six seasons at New Mexico, he led the Lobos to a 33–36 record, including a 9–4 mark in 1997, which earned the Lobos a Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division Championship and an invitation to play in the 1997 Insight.com Bowl, their first bowl berth since 1961. During the 1996 and 1997 seasons, his roster included College and Pro football Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher. In 1998, Franchione became the head coach at TCU and promptly turned their fortunes around, going from 1–10 the year before to 7–5 and a berth in the Sun Bowl, where the Horned Frogs defeated Southern California and set the record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a bowl game, he again led the Horned Frogs to a bowl game in 1999 on the legs of junior tailback LaDainian Tomlinson, who led the nation in rushing.

Going into the 2000 season, the Frogs were being touted as a possible BCS Bowl contender before a disappointing loss to San Jose State. Despite the loss, the Frogs finished the season 10–1, were co-champions of the Western Athletic Conference, accepted a bid to the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. Before the scheduled bowl game, Franchione accepted a head-coaching offer by the University of Alabama. Franchione was voted by TCU players to lead the team in the bowl game, which Franchione's defensive coordinator and newly named head coach Gary Patterson supported. During Franchione's three years at TCU, he led the Horned Frogs to their first bowl victory since 1957, their first top-25 finish since 1959, held the highest winning percentage among TCU coaches since Francis Schmidt; the tone and tenor of his exit from TCU remains a controversial subject among many TCU fans. Franchione became the head coach at the University of Alabama in 2001 and led the team, which had posted a 3–8 record the prior season, to a 7–5 record in 2001 and a 10–3 record in 2002.

The 2001 team won the Independence Bowl. The 2002 team finished with a 6–2 conference record, placing first in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. However, due to NCAA sanctions resulting from violations of the previous Alabama head coach, Mike DuBose, the 2002 team was ineligible for postseason games, including the SEC Championship Game. Alabama officials offered Franchione a 10-year contract extension worth $15 million. Franchione, did not sign the offer. Following the dismissal of Texas A&M head coach R. C. Slocum, Franchione publicly denied before the 2002 Iron Bowl a rumor. On 5 December 2002 Franchione flew to Texas to interview for the A&M job, his decision was influenced by the NCAA sanctions placed on Alabama, which included a two-year bowl ban, the loss of 21 scholarships over three years, five years' probation. Franchione did not return to Alabama after being hired, instead informing players of his decision to accept the job at A&M by video teleconference. Many Alabama fans noted the similariti

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment is the senior minister at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in the Government of Ireland. The current Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment is Richard Bruton, TD, he is assisted by: Seán Canney, TD – Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources The Department has responsibilities in the areas of: Communications development – promotion of the provision and development of competitive high quality and world class services in the communications and mobile commerce sectors. Business and technology – focusing on new business and technology applications and the development of policies and legislation as appropriate. Regulatory affairs – the development of effective policies for the regulation of the electronic communications sector and management of the radio frequency spectrum. Postal services – the development of an effective policy for the Irish postal sector based on open market principles.

It is seen as a replacement to the old Department of Telegraphs. The Petroleum Affairs Division aims to: maximise the benefits to the State from exploration for and production of indigenous oil and gas resources; the Exploration and Mining Division of the Department is charged with: applying the Minerals Development Act to minerals exploration and development. The Geological Survey of Ireland is: Ireland's National Earth Science Agency, is responsible for providing geological advice and information. To develop a competitive energy supply industry To ensure security and reliability of energy supply To develop energy conservation and end-use efficiency The Broadcasting Division aims to: Develop a policy and legislative framework to facilitate the provision of quality broadcasting services in Ireland To optimise the opportunities presented by the emerging technologies for the provision of new Irish-based broadcasting services. Department of Fisheries was administered under the aegis of The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1965 to 1977 Minister for Communications Irish cabinets since 1919 Irish Land Commission Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Bill Beach

William "Bill" Beach was a professional Australian sculler. He was unbeaten as World Sculling Champion from 1884 to 1887. Beach was born in Chertsey, England, to Alexander Beach and his wife Mary, née Gibbons. Beach's family migrated to New South Wales while he was a small child and he lived at Dapto for most of his life, learning to row on Lake Illawarra, he began his sporting career in a wooden tub on the Macquarie Rivulet and ended it as champion sculler of the world. Beach seems to have been a fisherman for a time. According to local legend, Beach won his first race as a teenager against a local publican, either for a bottle of brandy or 5s. Beach was said to have visited the sculler, Edward Trickett, but the date of his first race on Sydney Harbour is uncertain: the Illawarra Mercury, 1 February 1935, claimed 1875-76 but the Town and Country Journal, December 1881, recorded that he won the handicap skiff race for amateurs on Woolloomooloo Bay on the 24th. However, a New Zealand newspaper, the Otago Witness of 9 December 1887, claims his debut as an oarsman was in December 1880.

It states. Among the donors of his £25 prize was the publican J. G. Deeble, who became his sponsor and claimed as his discoverer. In other races he was said to have won £ 150 with. On Boxing Day at Pyrmont he was beaten in the allcomers' handicap skiff race by A. Pearce. On 25 February 1882 he won £50 in a match with Solomons, in October in his first outrigger race he was second for the Punch trophy on the Parramatta River, finishing ahead of Trickett. In December 1883 he defeated Trickett for the James Henry trophy of £150. On 26 January 1884 he finished ahead of Trickett but, after a protest, lost when the race was rowed again. Beach was 33. Hanlan had come to Australia, he claimed he went off on tours of all the eastern states. However Beach's credentials seemed the Canadian reputedly had never lost a race. Hanlan believed; the race was on the Parramatta River was on 16 August 1884 and was rowed over a distance of 3 miles 330 yards with a stake of £500 a side. Beach won by seven lengths in a time of 20m.28 s.

After the race, Hanlan could not accept the fact that his long reign had ended, blaming the Australian climate, the treacherous tides and an excess of hospitality for his defeat, which he took badly. Beach’s first defence was against another Australian, Thomas Clifford on 28 February 1885; this race was on the Parramatta River. Only three weeks before the race Clifford had raced and lost to Hanlan so the outlook was not good for him. After the start Beach soon led. Although Clifford made a grand attempt he was unable to overtake the leader who finished only a length ahead; the time was 26m.1.5s. The second defence took place just a month on 28 March 1885 against Ned Hanlan, again for a stake of £500 a side. A large crowd came to the by now usual course on the Parramatta River; this race was one of the better ones. The racing was close and exciting and approaching the finishing post both boats were bow to bow. Beach put in a final terrific effort and increased his advantage and won amidst wild excitement by the spectators.

One indicator of how thrilled the residents of Double Bay were at Bill Beach's win against Hanlan was the testimonial presentation to his coach, Charles Amos Messenger. Messenger, a former competitor of Beach, trained him to win this race. At a special meeting held on Wednesday April 1 under the Auspices of the Double Bay Amateur Sailing Club held at Mortimers Hotel, Beach's supporters decided to present Messenger with a gold watch; the next defence was against Australian Neil Matterson which took place on 18 December 1885 on the Parramatta. This time the stake was only £200 a side. Beach took the lead at the start and won and without a great effort. On 27 March 1886 Beach left for London and in August won the final of the International Sweepstake, against John Teemer, Bubear and others on the Thames for a prize of £1200. On 18 September 1886 he defended his title against Jake Gaudaur Snr. on the Championship Course on the Thames for £1000. That course was a little longer than the Parramatta course, being about four and a quarter miles long.

This was an interesting race in that race each rower in turn stopped from exhaustion and slumped in his boat. Beach managed to recover sufficiently to continue rowing a won the race in 22m.29s. On 25 September 1886 Beach was again out on the Thames rowing against Wallace Ross for £1000 and the World Championship, it was most unusual to have title matches this close together as many months would go by between races. The result was never in doubt and Beach won easily. Beach returned to Sydney on 3 December 1886, he was met by the president of the Rowing Association who congratulated him'on his great achievements … his steady, careful and manly character'. Welcomed as a hero by band and banners, he was presented to Governor Lord Carrington and his lady on the way to Sydney Town Hall where he was met by the mayor and the premier and given an illuminated address. Beach’s final Title race was against his old foe Ned Hanlan which took place on 26 November 1887; this race was held near Sydney. Special trains ran from Sydney and Goulburn to take thousands of spectators to the course.

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James Riddell (skier)

W. James Riddell MBE was a British champion skier and author, involved in the early days of skiing as a competitive sport and holiday industry. Like his near contemporary, Sir Arnold Lunn, he matched his adventurism on the slopes and knowledge of the Alpine countries with an elegant record of his times. In 1929, he raced for Britain at Zakopane, Poland, in the first international downhill race, having got the reluctant backing of the International Ski Federation, finished eighth among 60 racers. In the same year, he won the Kandahar Club's Muerren Inferno, still the longest and most demanding of amateur downhill races, he was British national champion in 1935 and vice-captain to Arnold Lunn's son, Peter, at the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He worked with Lunn and the Kandahar Ski Club to overcome Scandinavian objections to downhill-only skiing: they saw the sport being as much uphill as down. Alpine skiing was admitted at Garmisch, but only on the basis of combined results in downhill and slalom, a word coined by Lunn for a race with shorter, sharper turns through gates of twin poles.

Riddell was a winter sports polymath. In 1930, he had skied at 127.96 km an hour in the Flying Kilometre at St Moritz, moving over to its Olympic jump, vaulted nearly 50m. In the Garmisch Olympic downhill, part of the Olympic combined event, he crashed into a tree, catapulted into a river and badly injured his back. Riddell was born in Wandsworth. Educated at Harrow School, he played cricket against Eton at Lord's and performed for the cross-country team. At Clare College, Cambridge, he read modern languages, but took a year out to practise gorilla and cheetah photography in the Belgian Congo and Kenya, interspersed with writing children's books and publicity activities for De Havilland and Fortnum and Mason. During the Second World War, Riddell was based in Syria. In 1942, he was seconded to the 9th Army to set up the Middle East Ski and Mountaineering School at the Cedars of Lebanon above Beirut, he was awarded the MBE for his work, teaching upwards of 20,000 soldiers the techniques of mountain mobility and survival.

While working at the War Office, he was pasting cuttings for a snowcraft manual when he inadvertently pasted together the head of a dog on the body of a camel. From that came the idea of "split" books for children, a series published in many languages. In 1948, with the writer Nevil Shute, he made a six-month flight to Australia and back in a single-engine Percival Proctor monoplane. From that experience, Riddell wrote a travel book, Flight of Fancy, Shute the novel, A Town Like Alice. Riddell's 1957 book, The Ski Runs of Switzerland, was the first detailed guide to Swiss resorts, followed by a similar book on Austria the following year, he married another former ski racer, Jeanette Kessler, in 1959, their combined knowledge of the Alps resulted in a Penguin handbook, Ski Holidays In The Alps, a source book for many skiers and travel writers. In it, Riddell wrote: "You do it because, once you have tried it and taken to it, there isn't any other game to compare with it in the world." Riddell was president of the Ski Club of Great Britain, the Kandahar Club and the Alpine Ski Club in postwar years, was awarded the Pery medal and Arnold Lunn medal while continuing his career as writer and traveller.

He gave up skiing in his 70s, though he returned to Muerren, the Kandahar Club's Swiss Alpine headquarters, where he spent time painting watercolours. Although his eyesight was failing, at his home near Ringwood, Hampshire, he worked on a unique ski stamp collection. After the death of his first wife, he married Alison in 1973 and his daughter Jemma Jeannette was born in 1976, he died on 2 February 2000 aged 90. In 2009, James' wife, Alison Riddell, asked Antony Nasce to adapt one of his books, Animal Lore and Disorder, into an application for iPhone and iPod touch, some 60 years after its initial book release. In 2010, the sequel Hit or Myth was converted into an App for sale on the iTunes Store. More details can be found here Animal Lore and Disorder Hit Or Myth: Family of Imaginary Beasts In The Forests of the Night Very Wild Life. An Unnatural History Book for First and Second Childhood Flight of Fancy Many, Many Times The Holy Land London In Colour - A Collection of Colour Photographs African Wonderland Dog in The Snow The Ski Runs of Switzerland The Ski Runs of Austria Ski Holidays in the Alps Ski Lore and Disorder Obituary in The Guardian newspaper

Herminia D. Dierking

Herminia Duenas Dierking was a Guamanian educator, a cabinet member of the Government of Guam, a Democratic Party of Guam politician in Guam. Dierking served as Senator in the Guam Legislature for 5 consecutive terms, from 1985 to 1995, Herminia Duenas Dierking was born in Hagatna in 1939 to Jose Cruz Duenas and Maria Pangelinan Guzman. Herminia grew up during the occupation of Guam by Japanese Imperial Forces during World War II and accompanied her mother and grandmother to Manenggon concentration camp toward the end of the occupation. Herminia graduated from Academy of Our Lady of Guam. Herminia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business at University of Guam and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Emporia State University in Kansas. Herminia married John C. Dierking. Herminia Dierking worked at the University of Guam for thirteen years becoming the Chairperson of the Accounting Department at the College of Business and Public Administration. In 1983 Dierking served as Director of the Bureau of Budget Management and Research and Chairperson of the Fiscal Policy Committee of the Government of Guam.

Dierking was first elected to the Guam Legislature in 1984 and remained in office 5 legislative terms. President, Association of Pacific Island Legislatures Chairwoman, Committee on Ways and Means, Guam Legislature Senator, Guam Legislature Chairperson, Accounting Department, College of Business and Public Administration, University of Guam Director, Bureau of Budget and Management Research Chairperson, Fiscal Policy Committee, Government of Guam President, Association of Government Accountants President, the Guam Business Education Association, Guam Business and Professional Women's Club Dierking died on March 24, 2008. Herminia D. Dierking at Find a Grave

Rudy Pena

Rudy Pena is a retired American soccer Player who played professionally in the North American Soccer League, American Soccer League and United Soccer League. Pena graduated from Sunset High School. A member of the Oak Cliff Dallas Pirates. Who won the under-19 Robbie International Cup, in Toronto, Canada, he was a member of the U. S. under-19 National Team. He played on the U. S. under 23 National team. He played soccer at Hartwick College from 1977 to 1980, he was a member of the team. In 1981, he played for the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. In 1983, he played for the Oklahoma City Slickers of the American Soccer League. In 1984, he played for the Oklahoma City Stampede in the [[United Soccer League In 1985 he played for the Tulsa Tornados in the USL, he finished his professional career with the Milwaukee Wave in the American Indoor Soccer Association. In 2011 he was inducted to the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame with the 1977 NCAA Div. I National Soccer Championship Team.

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