Franklin Road Academy is set to honor one distinguished alumni and six athletics hall of fame inductees. The ceremony will take place on September 23 at 11 a.m. in the Upper School gymnasium.
2022 Distinguished Alumni:
Chip Campbell '87 – Chip Campbell graduated from Franklin Road Academy in 1987. While attending FRA, he participated in various activities, including football, basketball, track, rifle team, student government, the upper school spring musical for four years, Latin Club, and forensics. After graduating from FRA, Chip was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, earning a Political Science degree in 1991. He served seven years in the United States Marine Corps, primarily in aviation. Chip received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2001. After many years in private practice, he was nominated in July 2017 to serve as a U.S. District Judge in the Middle District of Tennessee; he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began judicial service in January 2018.
Chip's youngest son, John, is an 8th grader at FRA. His father served as FRA's head of school from 1981 to 1992, and his oldest sister graduated from FRA in 1980. He is a Belmont College of Law Advisory Board member and serves as a Blue & Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to John, Chip is the proud father of Liam, a 12th grader, and Hannah Britt, a college sophomore.
2022 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees:
Sterling Ambrose '83 – Sterling Ambrose attended the opening day of Franklin Road Academy as a first grader in 1971 and spent the next 40 years on campus in some capacity. As an athlete, he set numerous school records in football and track. Highlighted during the fall of his junior year in 1981, Sterling set all of FRA's school football records for rushing yards and touchdown records. In the Spring of 1982, he set the school record in the high jump at 6' 4" and won the Class A TSSAA State Championship title. As team captain in the fall of 1982, he finished his football career with 3,445 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns with a career per rush average of 9.9 yards. FRA only lost two football games in the last 24 games of Sterling's career. Sterling's postseason football accolades included two-time team MVP, TSSAA Class A MVP, All-Nashville Team, and being the only FRA football player named to the prestigious Sports Writer's All Classifications All-State team.
Eric Brandon '00 – Eric Brandon attended FRA from 1994 to 2000 and was a standout multi-sport athlete competing in football and baseball. During his upper school football career, Eric was named Regional Player of the Year as a sophomore, All-Region his sophomore, junior and senior years, and All-State his senior year. As a member of the varsity baseball team, he was named All-Region, All-State, and District MVP all four years of high school. Eric was named Player of the Year in his junior and senior years. The baseball team captured the State Championship title his senior year, and Eric was named State Tournament MVP and second-team All-American.
Emily Canady Smeykal '08 – Emily attended FRA from 5th through 12th grade. A natural, passionate athlete, she played sports every season they were offered. She was a soccer goalie, basketball post player, and softball catcher. She served as captain of all three teams and competed in the state tournament for every sport. In soccer, she was an All-State goalie with three State Championships. In basketball, she joined the 1,000 Point Club her senior year. During her softball career, she was voted offensive MVP and a member of the All-State team, and she broke hitting records for the team, even hitting a home run over the fence onto I-65.
Tate Rogers '86 – Tate Rogers and his family have been a part of the FRA community and athletic programs from the start. Tate's parents, Sissy and "Big" Tate, were actively involved and supportive of the school from its founding. Their passion and athletic backgrounds undoubtedly helped reinforce the school's focus on supporting and encouraging student participation in athletics and extracurricular activities. For many years, his family lived in the Peach Blossom House, currently known as the Peach Orchard Hill House, located in the heart of campus.
Tate began playing sports at a very early age, and he quickly developed into an accomplished multi-sport athlete, competing in football, basketball, and track. During his junior year football season, he was named All-Metro by the Tennessean, All-State by the Associated Press, and All-Nashville by the Nashville Banner. He was again named All-Metro in his senior year and was awarded Metro Offensive Player of the Year. In track and field, Tate competed at the State Championships three years in a row in the 800 meters. He finished in sixth place his sophomore year, second place his junior year, and was the State Champion his senior year. In addition, Tate was named All-Metro his senior year basketball season. Tate was also Vice President of the Student Body and a member of the 12-Year Club.
Kristin Garman Salato '05 – Kristin Garman was born and raised in Nashville and enrolled at Franklin Road Academy in the 9th grade. Kristin embodied the characteristics of an ideal student-athlete.
Starting her freshman year as a forward, Kristin set single-season goal records during her freshman and sophomore seasons. After a teammate tore her ACL before Garman's junior season, she was moved to defense and still managed 76 goals and 56 assists in her high school career, setting new FRA records. Garman was a four-year All-District, All-Region, and All-State performer named the 2004 Regional Player of the year. In 2003 and 2004, she was distinguished as the District MVP and the Tennessean Player of the Year. Garman led her team to A/AA State Championship titles in 2002 and 2004 and a State Runner-Up performance in 2003. She earned team MVP honors for three straight years (2002-2004). Garman competed for the Brentwood Impact in club team play, winning the Tennessee State Title three times. After her high school career, she was named an NSCAA All-American and Gatorade and NSCAA State Player of the Year in 2005. Garman was tabbed as an All-American in both Club and high school play.
1984 State Champion Baseball Team – The 1984 FRA baseball team achieved what no other team at FRA in any sport can ever duplicate by winning the first TSSAA State Championship in school history. FRA was still a young school in 1984. The first true home baseball game was played on Mark Salmon Field in the spring of 1983. Before that year, the team used several off-campus fields for practice and designated home games. This team of talented young men had a stated goal to win it all. And win it they did!