Frank Kovarick

Obituary of Frank Kovarick


Frank Kovarick Jr. was born on March 15, 1953 to Sophia Goncharow and Frank Kovarick SR. Frank was 69 years young when he passed on January 4th 2023 at his residence in Palm Harbor, Florida. Frank is survived by his mother, Sophia; his brothers Daniel and Robert; his children, Brandon, Alexandra, and Brittany; grandchildren, Ryliee, Robert, Liam, Cash, Gemma, and Pearl. Frank was a devoted son, brother, father, and grandfather; his legacy lives on though his children and grandchildren.

Frank was born in New York, New York at Mount Sinai Hospital. The Family later moved to Armonk, New York. Here he grew up playing all sports while attending Byran Hills High School. His father being a concert violinist, Frank also was a natural playing both the clarinet in school and playing organ in a band named St. Gertrude’s Children. Frank continued his education while playing football at SUNY at Oswego where he graduated with a degree in technology education and a minor in business administration. He went on to pursue his passion Lackey High school in Indian Head, Maryland where he found great joy teaching woodshop and coaching football. And there, he then met the mother of his children Barbara Jean Tryon.

The young couple moved to Houston, Texas where he continued to pursue his career in technology education. However, he found his real passion was coaching football and there he was dubbed, “Coach K.” His life forever changed when his first child, Brandon Nicholas Kovarick was born. A few years later, he was blessed with his first daughter, Alexandra Jade Kovarick.

In 1986 Frank was offered a teaching and coaching job in Florida, so he and Barbara decided to move to Dunedin, FL. Frank set out to Florida to prepare a home for his wife and two children. Frank, always the wheeler and dealer, managed purchased not one, but two houses in Dunedin. This provided the family the opportunity to immediately have a solid foundation on which to build their new life together. Five years later, they were blessed with a baby girl, Brittany Nicole Kovarick

As a father, Frank received the toughest coaching gigs of his life: Assuming the role of t-Ball, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, and volleyball coach for his children. He founded the local Dunedin Jr. Falcon’s Football and Cheerleading organization in order to pass on his love of sports to his children. Frank lovingly devoted himself to the enrichment of children through athletics.

As an educator, Frank’s knowledge and skills caught the attention of county officials and they enlisted his students to build portable classrooms to accommodate overcrowding. He later put these skills to use at home and with the help of the entire family, built the family’s dream home in Crystal Beach, Florida.

Frank, also known as “Coach K.” and jokingly referred to as “Mr. Mom” by his children enjoyed many hobbies. Cooking, playing golf, boating, bowling, and building things to name a few, but he was most passionate about fantasy football, and poker, specifically, Omaha Hi Low about which he penned a Book entitled How Do You Like It Now?. As a retiree, Frank began his semipro career in poker, often hosting local ring games and followed his dreams of poker stardom to many tournaments around the world.

We would like to have a celebration of Life for Frank Kovarick on Saturday January 21st at the Little White Chapel in Palm Harbor Florida from 2:00-3:30pm. In Lieu of Flowers, please feel free to donate to your local youth sports club.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Alexandra Kovarick @

(786) 774-1687 or via email

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