Eagles News · Coach Roger “Budd” Tompkins passes away at age 86.


Longtime football coach and guidance counselor at Frankenmuth High School passed away on Sunday, August 30 at the age of 86.  In 1966, Coach Tompkins was named the Varsity Head Coach of the Frankenmuth Eagles.  He coached the varsity from 1966-1979, compiling a record of 88-37, which included four Thumb “B” Championships and back-to-back Class ‘C’ State Championships in 1968 and 1969.  Coach continued to coach freshmen football at Frankenmuth from 1980-1987.   Coach Tompkins was named the Class “C” Coach of the Year in 1969 and was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993.  When Budd retired, he moved to Traverse City and continued coaching at Traverse City, coaching the offensive line.

Roger “Budd” Tompkins played three years of football at Traverse City Central High School and earned All-State honors in 1951.  After graduation he attended Central Michigan University.  In 1953 he enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1956.  While in the army, he continued playing football.  In the fall of 1956, he enrolled at Northern Michigan University and played three years of football there.  In 1983, Budd was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at Northern Michigan University.  In 1960, he taught school and coached in Big Bay, Michigan.  In 1963, Coach moved to Coldwater, Michigan where he taught history and coached the line in football.

Coach Tompkins lived in South Boardman, Michigan and is survived by his wife Gretchen.  Further information will be forthcoming about a Memorial Service.