by Bella Millians
Between a new head coach and unexpected obstacles due to COVID-19, Whitewater High football is beginning a new era in uncharted territory this fall. While the path to Friday night lights remains unclear, the Wildcats feel comfortable knowing they will have Chad Frazier directing the action between the lines.
Coach Frazier began his football career at Central Macon High, where he played guard and linebacker. He then took his athletic talents to Georgia Southwestern College where he made the baseball team as a walk-on and played 3rd base.
His coaching career kicked off as a student intern in 1997 at Lowndes County High. He worked his way up the ladder, earning his first head coach assignment at Heritage-Conyers High from 2007 through 2012. After a move to lead Villa Rica, he was the head man at Union Grove the last three seasons.
The lasting impact Frazier’s former coaches had on him is the reason he chose this career path. Those men were his biggest role models and even father figures growing up.
“I felt like it was a great opportunity to impact young people’s lives,” he said of getting into coaching. “Combine that with a competitive spirit and I believe it’s what I was meant to do.”
Coaching up the road at Union Grove gave Frazier a good feel for Whitewater High, and he jumped at the chance to lead the program. The atmosphere, the people, and the location all played a role in his decision.
“Whitewater has been a first class program since the day they opened the doors,” he said. “I’ve been coaching in this area for a while, and, being so close, it’s always been a place that had that feel of home. There are so many great people surrounding the program, and the kids are awesome.”
Like every school, Whitewater has been battling with new obstacles due to the coronavirus.
“The restrictions have been challenging, but we will adjust. Everyone else is in the same situation.”
The uphill climb to prepare is even steeper for a new coach.
“It’s tough when you have a new scheme and are at a new school. There is so much the players and coaches have to learn,” he said. “We did two weeks of a virtual spring practice in May, and I think that’s helped, although it’s hard to learn how to block and tackle through a computer screen. There is no substitute for on the field training.”
During these summer weeks, Frazier has witnessed many players step up and take on different leadership roles. There are over 100 players that come to workouts at different times, and he is pleased to see so many Wildcats eager to be on the field.
Currently slated to open the season on September 5 on the road against Newnan High, Frazier and his new team are looking forward to kickoff.