Frazier Assumes FRHS B-Ball Helm
Andy Kennedy was named the interim coach for the successful University of Cincinnati basketball program in the summertime after replacing Bob Huggins. With the interim tag in place by the school, Kennedy told reporters that he was happy to have a chance to succeed, even if he is only a temporary choice. “It’s my hope to do this team justice to give us an opportunity to be successful,” Kennedy told reporters last August. “I am attempting to live in the moment.”
The circumstances are the same but yet a bit different at Far Rockaway High School. Newly appointed Chris Frazier is the fourth head coach to take over this season for men’s varsity basketball team. And in his debut game, he witnessed Springfield Gardens, led by Charles Jenkins and Trevor Moore, thrash Far Rockaway 102-76 last Wednesday.
One of the highlights around Queens is the rising status of Jenkins, a rising point guard with wonderous talents who scored a triple-double with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. But Jenkins’ primary job is to distribute the ball to his teammates and Moore got the benefit of his passes to score a game high 41 points.
To give the benefit of the doubt to Frazier, it’s his first game and after coaching only three practices, the Seahorses will need some time to jell.
“The transition went pretty well. They haven’t given me any slack I had to do certain things and they went out and did it, “Frazier said.
“I love these kids. They are a good bunch of kids. You saw that they didn’t quit and they fought hard.”
The Rockaway native, who was in a car accident on November 15, 1987 that left him currently paralyzed and in a wheelchair, is not a novice to coaching. He’s been an assistant coach at Bishop Loughlin, Queens College and this season, was serving head coach Phil Turner at Lawrence High School.
But even as he takes over the job, it’s not certain how long Frazier will be serving as head coach. Anthony Miele, the third year head coach, is currently on a leave of absence and may or may not come back to the job.
Until then, Frazier’s goal is to get the Seahorses, whose record fell to 2-5, ready to compete.
“Right now it’s (the job) up the air. Right now if coach Miele wants to come back, the job is his. I just have to see what happens. I’m just worried about getting the kids ready to the next game,” Frazier, who is currently a teacher at MS 53, said after the game.
If he does keep the job, Frazier will most certainly be happy to impart his knowledge to the team. It’s his way of contributing to the community he loves so much. “I practice and I teach at the park. I’m also part of an organization called Ahead of the Game, who travel around and participate in different tournaments,” Frazier said.
“This is the job I always wanted growing up out here. I just want to do something that Far Rockaway will be proud of. I hope to accomplish that here. It’s only one game.”
Seahorses Upset Channel
Even throughout the uncertainty, the Seahorses shook off three weeks of inactivity to defeat Beach Channel 72-66 last Friday. Jeremy Pruitt scored 29 points to lead Far Rockaway as the Dolphins (6-3) committed 29 turnovers throughout the game.