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TIASF President Frankie B. Mandola  1947-2016


Frank Batiste Mandola ,68, passed away on July 8, 2016. He was born in Houston, Texas to Batiste and Mary Theresa Mandola. Frankie grew up in the "East End," attending Blessed Sacrament Elementary School. He went to St. Thomas High School, where he was All District, All State and All America in baseball and football. The St. Thomas Eagles won the TCIL state championships in baseball his junior and senior years and the TCIL state championship in football his senior year. Frankie was co-captain of the 1965 American Legion Baseball team that was undefeated and won the state championship. He graduated from St. Thomas in 1965 and continued to support the school’s academic and sports programs. He was inducted into the STHS Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, in which he took great pride.


Frankie was awarded an athletic scholarship to Rice University, where he was a starting offensive lineman for the football team and a starting first baseman for the baseball team. The baseball squad was ranked fourth in the nation in 1967, and Frankie graduated in 1969. He was a huge supporter and fan of the university and always gave of himself when called upon, whether it was catering an event or employing current students. One of his greatest joys in life was cheering on the Rice Owls baseball and football teams.


For the past 24 years, he was the co-owner of Damian's Cucina Italiana in midtown Houston, and for the past eight years, he was co-owner of Frankie B. Mandola's Catering. He loved his family, his friends, great food, the Astros, fishing, The Sopranos and sitting on the deck of his beach house in Galveston with his wife, Judy. Frankie gave the best hugs, made the best pasta and barbecue and made everyone that he met feel loved and special.


Frankie co-founded and was president of the Texas Italian American Sports Foundation.




Johnny B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Paul Galante


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash  • Sandy Embesi • Sam Listi • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163