BUCKHANNON -- Weston resident Josh Frazier has spent his entire adult life coaching in youth sports. Now he is working with college student-athletes as the assistant coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan College golf teams.
Working for Wesleyan's second-year head coach James Huber, he was a part of the program's renaissance in 2016. The program was arguably the most improved in the Mountain East Conference if you factor in both genders; each team moved up three spots at the MEC Championships from their 2015 finishes.
The Wesleyan women jumped from seventh to fourth (with three individuals in the top ten), while the men rallied from ninth to sixth.
Frazier has enjoyed the experience, and is very happy to be part of the Bobcat Athletic Department.
"I have worked with younger kids for many years and it is definitely a different experience with student-athletes at this level," Frazier said. "The approach and the focus of a college athlete is on a different level...a lot of them grew up with private swing coaches and they are always working fine tune different parts of their game."
Frazier started playing golf at age 14, and dove into the sport seriously in his late teens. His family moved to South Carolina when he was eight, and he was a multi-sport performer at North Augusta High.
His family moved back to Weston when he was 17. As a prep athlete, Frazier played football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. It was golf that became his primary passion as he moved into his 20's.
After high school, he started his college studies at West Virginia University, but transferred to Glenville State, where he received his degree. He spent 10 years working for the Weyerhuaser plant in Heaters, W. Va. He now works in the oil and gas industry when he is not working with Huber and the Wesleyan golfers.
"Coach Huber has taught me a lot this year," Frazier said. "I have learned a lot about the administrative side of college athletics...NCAA Compliance, practice planning, and just day to day things that are needed in a collegiate program. I am also learning more about the recruiting process."
"Josh has taken some of the load off my back this season," Huber said.
Frazier is also the father of Lewis County senior student-athlete Nate Frazier. an all-league player as a guard for the Minutemen basketball team. The younger Frazier is also playing football this season, and has emerged as the top receiver for the Minutemen.
With the MEC Tournament now in the books, there are a lot of good to point to about the 2016 Fall session for Bobcat Golf. The future looks bright.
"There are some good players here...it has been a good experience," Frazier said.
Written by Jesse Skiles