Pennsylvania Coach of the Year
Whether it was from his four years at West Virginia University, suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys, or winning a Grey Cup Championship with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Kennett High School head football coach Lance Frazier has learned a lot from the game. He, of course, can diagram a play and identify weaknesses in a defense’s coverage, but football has also shaped him into the man and coach he is today – a man who understands the power of relationships and the positive influence of sports.
This fall, Coach Frazier was named the 2019-2020 Pennsylvania Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). The award celebrates his on-field accomplishments, but also seeks to recognize coaches who “exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character,” a standard that Coach Frazier exemplifies every day in his role as a coach, mentor, and as a KHS staff member. Kennett Athletic Director Sean Harvey adds, “We are lucky to have Lance and his coaching staff at Kennett High School. Words cannot describe how much positive influence Lance and his assistants have brought to the students in our school.” But, true to form, Coach Frazier doesn’t see this award as an individual accolade. Instead, he views this as “a reflection of the work that [was] done before [they] ever touched the field.”
Coach Frazier seeks to create a culture where personal growth is paramount and players become “hard workers, great citizens, and strong students.” Simply put, success for him is not defined by point totals, consecutive wins, or rushing yards, but rather “providing a safe, open, and positive environment that is conducive to learning.” KHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz underscores this point: “The impact that he has had on our building as a whole is tangible, and we are very grateful. The successes and achievements that Lance has brought to Kennett and to our students will only continue to grow. I think we have only had a preview of the great things that are to come from Lance!”
The best part may be that future success won’t be limited to the football field. Congratulations Coach!