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Frank Ponce
Position: Assistant Coach-Receivers
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Alma Mater: FIU
Graduating Year: 1997
Major: Physical Education
Experience: 21 Years
Frank Ponce Bio
Courtesy: FIUSports.com
Release: 04/17/2007

After an illustrious high school coaching career throughout Miami-Dade County, Frank Ponce brought his talents and knowledge to FIU in 2007. Entering his sixth season at the school in 2012, Ponce once again will tutor an impressive receiving corps ready to set new offensive records following the graduation of NFL draft pick and All-American T.Y. Hilton.

One of two FIU alumni on head coach Mario Cristobal's Panthers coaching staff, with the other being offensive line coach Alex Mirabal, Ponce has been lauded for the development of Hilton in addition to several other fine young receivers to don the blue and gold. 

In high school, Ponce coached some of the best scholastic talent in the country over a 14-year span, both as a head coach and an assistant. He was a five-time selection as an assistant coach in the Miami-Dade and Broward All-Star Game and was selected as an assistant on the USA Team for the 2007 NFL Junior Global Football Tournament.

Prior to joining the staff at FIU, Ponce served as the head coach and offensive coordinator at Miami Senior High School from 2004 through '06. From 2002-03, he was the head coach at Coral Reef High School and before that, was the offensive coordinator at Killian Senior High School in 2001.

Ponce was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Miami Central High School from 1999-2000 while also serving the dual role of head baseball coach. As the quarterbacks coach for Miami Northwestern High in 1998, Ponce helped lead the Bulls to their first undefeated season in school history and a state championship.

From 1993-96, Ponce was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Coral Gables High School, where he coached the school's first 1,000-yard passer, Jason Barkett, in 1993. His coaching career began as the offensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach at La Progresiva Presbyterian School in 1992.

Ponce earned his bachelor's degree in physical education (K-12) from FIU in 1997 after attending Miami Dade College and Arizona Western College from 1989 to 1993, where he earned an associate's degree in arts. He was also the starting quarterback at Arizona Western in 1989 and 1990.

As a prep athlete, he enjoyed a decorated playing career at Miami Senior H.S., earning his team's Most Improved Offensive Player and MVP Award in 1987. He was a Miami Herald All-Dade honorable mention quarterback and was also a Hispanic Athlete of the Year Award Finalist in 1988.

Ponce is married and he and his wife, Claudia, have two children, Frankie Jr. and Isabel.