Today North Carolina Central University officially named Henry Frazier III as the Universities 21st head football coach. Prior to his arrival in Durham, N.C., Frazier spent seven seasons at the helm of the Prairie View A&M University Panthers football team, becoming the 30th head coach in PVAMU history on Dec. 22, 2003.
He took over a program that experienced the nation’s longest losing streak from 1989-98, dropping 80 straight contests. It’s no secret that Prairie View was the laughing stock of the NCAA. That job was coaching suicide as no one wanted it and when they got it they didn’t have a chance.
In 2009, Frazier guided the Panthers to their first conference championship since 1964, beating Alabama A&M 30-24 in the SWAC title game on Dec. 12. Prairie View posted its second straight 9-1 record, going undefeated in league play with its only loss a three-point setback at New Mexico State. For his efforts, Frazier was presented with a host of coaching honors, including SWAC Coach of the Year and a repeat selection as AFCA Region III FCS Coach of the Year. He also became the first coach from a historically black college or university to receive the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually by The Sports Network to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision.*
In 2010, after opening the campaign with a 1-3 record, Prairie View won six of its last seven contests to finish 7-4. Frazier’s Panthers continued to make history by defeating SWAC foe Southern University for the third consecutive year, which had not happened since 1962-64.
My first impressions of Frazier are good. The man has a 5 step plan that makes perfect sense. He has plans to win games, then conference championships, then national titles. Not many people come in talking process at schools, most come in talking winning games right away. I am not going to lie, listening to him talk about his football expectations made a believer out of me. He had me wishing for a game this weekend. He even had me pondering the decision to coach again and that was something that I can honestly say hasn’t happened to me in a while.
His offensive philosophy is the spread. He calls it "High Octane". We spread them out and we take what they give us. His defensive philosophy is play fast and hit hard.
I think Eagle football is in good hands. I really hope that I am right in my evaluation of Frazier and usually I am when it comes to these things. The man seems to remind me of some great young coaches that I have met and the sky is the limit for what he should be able to do at NCCU with the available resources. Get ready Eagle fans… Good things are ahead for the program!
*courtesy of NCCU Athletics