Union Grove tabs Chad Frazier as head football coach

Union Grove has hired Chad Frazier, seen here with his family, as its new head football coach. Frazier spent the last four years as head football coach and athletic director at Villa Rica High School. (Special Photo)

MCDONOUGH — Union Grove High School has hired Chad Frazier as its new head football coach.

Frazier spent the last four seasons as head football coach and athletic director at Villa Rica High School. He spent 2007 to 2012 as the head coach at Heritage High School in Conyers. Frazier went to high school at Central High in Macon before playing college baseball at Georgia Southwestern.

When the Union Grove job became available, Frazier said he became immediately interested for a variety of different reasons.

“I was looking for a new challenge and I was really attracted to Union Grove because of the success that they’ve had academically, one, and really in all their other athletics,” he said. “They’ve been super, super competitive and I just felt like there was a great opportunity there. You have a school with a phrase I like to use, “life-winners.” They got a really good school with really good kids and support. I just felt like I had something to offer to bring football up so it can be competitive as well.”

Since being hired, Frazier has met with the program’s returning players in hopes of beginning a strong relationship. He said he has been pleased with the turnout at various team meetings and that the players he has interacted with have impressed him.

“Great kids, they all shook my hand, looked me in the eye and introduced themselves. I thought that was really neat, it’s not something you get a lot anymore,” Frazier said. “I felt really good about that. They seemed excited. We had a players’ meeting last week and there were over 60 kids. I know there are winter and spring sports going on, but 60 kids came…My thoughts are it’s a great group of kids and I’m excited to get over there and get started.”

On the field, Frazier said he will utilize a hybrid Wing-T offense that incorporates multiple running backs, jet sweeps and gap schemes. Defensively, fans can expect to see a four-man front for Union Grove. Frazier also said an emphasis will be placed on aggressive special teams play.

Off the field, Frazier hopes to create a strong feeder system for the program. To do that, Union Grove players will take part in community service projects, primarily with elementary school kids in the area.

“I’ve always wanted our kids to be involved in community service projects,” Frazier said. “Mostly with the younger grade levels, whether that’s going into the middle schools, but mostly in the elementary schools. Anything we can have our kids do to give back to the little ones that look up to them so much. It gives our kids an opportunity to be responsible and be role models.”

Frazier said he’s excited to get started at Union Grove. The recent success of other teams around Henry County is just another motivating factor for him as he takes over the Wolverines.

“There is definitely good football in Henry, no doubt,” Frazier said. “Mainly because of two things. There are good players. I look on these recruiting sites and I see player after player from Henry County. Then there are a lot of good coaches in Henry County and they’ve done well. There is a lot of respect for the programs there. I certainly feel like we can compete and we can be competitive in that region.

“I do know that it’s going to take some time, it’s going to be a process and it’s not going to happen overnight,” he continued. “We have a lot of work to do in the weight room, on the track, in the film room, on the practice field, etc. But they have been in the past. If we can get over there and get all those middle school kids going and bought in and obviously our high school kids going and bought in, I don’t think it will take very long — it will take a little time — but not very long before Union Grove is back to the 2012 or 2013 type years where they’re winning eight, nine, 10 games a year.”

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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