Unfortunately, the cheerleading world lost an incredible man at the beginning of the summer. Frankie Conklin was more than a cheerleading coach; he was a loved and respected teacher and friend to everyone he ever worked with.
The History of a Legend
1982: Frankie started his career at Skyview Academy. The school is listed on the NCA National Champions “Wall of Fame” for Large Junior High in 1983, 1984, 1988 and 1990.
1992: Frankie founded Memphis Elite Cheer and Dance, the first all star gym in the mid-south region.
2004: Frankie took over as the Spirit Coordinator at the University of Memphis.
2007: University of Memphis Pom and All Girl won UCA College Nationals.
2008: University of Memphis Pom and All Girl won UCA College Nationals.
2011: University of Memphis Pom won UCA College Nationals.
2012: University of Memphis Pom won UCA College Nationals.
2013: University of Memphis Coed won UCA College Nationals.
Now: Memphis Elite has won several national championships in all divisions from multiple brands and Frannkie was recently listed as one of the top influential gym owners in American Cheerleader Magazine.
“Through the years Frankie always seemed to genuinely care about the well-being of the younger people he supervised and coached. He will be sincerely missed.”
- Jeff Webb, Founder and CEO of Varsity Brands, Inc
“For the past 16 years, Frankie was not only my employer at Memphis Elite, he was a mentor and dear friend. As the program grew, so did my loyalty to him and what he had established. Frankie was a pioneer in the cheer world. He made it possible for anyone with the desire to cheer, dance, train and travel through numerous fundraising opportunities. He awarded scholarships for college to many kids graduating in the program. Frankie helped create wonderful memories but most of all, a family!”
- Carol Lloyd, Dance Coach at Collierville High School, U of M Pom and All Girl Coach
“I coached for Frankie in the 80s at Skyview Academy. Even at such a young age, Frankie was totally dedicated to his team and genuinely cared about each and every one of them. He was always their cheerleader. Thirty years later he had the exact same reputation. He was always so caring and such a mentor to so many athletes.”
- Melanie Berry, Vice President of Varsity Special Events
Even though Frankie is gone, the legacy he left behind remains and our hearts will always be with the Big Guy.