The 1981-82 men’s basketball team from Missouri Western State University was inducted into the Missouri Western State University Hall of Fame in 2017. Frank Wheeler was a 6’3 sophomore on the 1981-82 squad, starting in all 32 games. Frank is a graduate of Jameson High School.
Wheeler scored 365 points for the year, averaging 11.4 points per game, and his play that season earned him all CSIC honorable mention honors. The team went 25-7 under Hall of Fame head coach Gary Filbert who was assisted by Skip Shear and Bob Burchard. The Griffons won the CSIC with an 11-3 conference record and went on to win the NAIA District 16 championship and play in the NAIA National Tournament.
Frank was a four-year letterman for the Griffons from 1980 to 1984. He is ranked 13th on the Griffon all-time scoring list (1,070 pts) and 3rd all time in games played (118). Wheeler is the only Griffon to start and play in two NAIA national championships.
Frank is the son of the late Harry and Mary Wheeler of Jameson. Frank graduated from Jameson High School in 1980 and was a two-time all-state player for the Huskies before attending Western. Frank went on to teach high school, coach high school basketball, and serve as athletic administrator during his 31 year career. Frank retired July 1, 2017. Frank was accompanied at the induction ceremonies by his wife, Pam (Feurt) Wheeler, and his sons, Jordan and Brooks.