McDONOUGH — There is always a time of change and this time, the change comes in the form of a new home for Union Grove High School head coach Chad Frazier.
Frazier didn’t announce he was heading to Whitewater High School. Instead, it was a simple avatar change that marked the end of the era. A 15-15 record for the Wolverines led to two seasons where the team was just on the outside of the playoffs.
Add in the Wolverines earned their best record since 2013 under Frazier with a 7-3 record, Union Grove was on the very surge of momentum that many knew was possible for years. But the decision to move made sense for the rebuild specialist.
“Whitewater is 18 miles from my house,” Frazier said. “I’ve been commuting 45 miles each way about six days a week for three years. I was never looking to leave Union Grove,” Frazier admitted. “It is the best school and collection of wonderful people I’ve experienced. With this opportunity being so close to home, I could not pass it up.”
The commute was tough for Frazier to work through. Many coaches have to experience that level of dedication if they hope to be competitive on Friday nights but when you look at how long he’s gone for the past 13 years. The decision is right.
“Commuting like that is tough, especially considering the hours we put into our profession,” Frazier said. “I’ve been going like that for 13 years. When this opportunity presented itself, I owed it to my family to go for it.”
Looking back though, the Wolverines had some of the best moments a coach could dream of. Like the first win in his tenure came against Apalachee High School on the road was Frazier’s most fondest memory with the Wolverines.
“It was on the road at Appalachee. They were a AAAAAA team and we had to travel a couple of hours to get there,” Frazier said. “We had a come from behind victory and that was beginning of when the players realized the things we were teaching and doing would work.”
He’s been on the end of watching players reach the next level of their career. And Union Grove is no such stranger to athletes reaching the next level. For Frazier, he says that it’s very exciting to see players have success.
“It’s very exciting. To watch these guys believe in what you’re teaching and then to see them have success is always exciting,” Frazier said. “You always want the best for your kids and to see them take what you’ve given them and go out and perform well, you can’t help but to be so proud of them.”