Brooklynite Lands College Hoops Coaching Position
By Jerry Del Priore
Daryl “Dee” Frazier has always been involved in basketball in some form or another since his high school days at Urban Action Academy at Canarsie Educational Campus. So, when the coaching staff at Valdosta State University (VSU), a four-year college in Valdosta, Georgia, offered him a student-assistant basketball coaching position last month, the soon-to-be 22-year-old jumped all over it.
“I’m very excited and happy,” Frazier said of landing the gig at VSU, a NCAA Division II program in the Gulf South Conference, currently ranked No. 2. “Head Coach (Mike) Helfer and Assistant Coach (Jason) Mays gave me a great opportunity to get my foot into the college coaching door and I feel honored.”
Frazier said his responsibilities include helping out during practices, recording the shot chart during games and loading buses on road trips with the graduate assistant, among other important duties.
Though NCAA rules prohibit Frazier from recruiting because he’s still a student at the college, the Physical Education / Kinesiology major said, “I’ll point coach (Helfer) in the right direction if I feel that he needs to jump on a player.”
Frazier’s love of sports had him gracing the court for Canarsie’s junior varsity basketball team for a year and playing two years of football—a season each for JV and varsity.
A year after he graduated, in 2013, the Bedford- Stuyvesant resident took his love for basketball and started the Frazier Sports Academy (FSA) in Rock Hill, South Carolina. FSA was a post-graduate basketball program that provided athletes with a year of hoops training and competition, along with academic support, with hopes of securing a hoops scholarship.
During the summers, Frazier coached a Pro/Am summer league team, Team Dream, a squad comprised of talented local players who traveled all over the East Coast to compete in high-profile basketball tournaments.
Recently, Frazier served as Director of Basketball Operations for Evelyn Mack Academy Basketball Program, a No. 4 ranked private high school in North Carolina, from August to December.
Since accepting the position at VCU, he no longer runs FSA, choosing to focus on his studies and new job.
While coaching closer to home in the future would be nice, Frazier is relishing in the opportunity to learn and grow in the warm surroundings of the VSU community. However, he’s not ruling out anything at the moment.
“A little closer to home would be fine but I’m happy where I’m at,” he said. “Valdosta is a very beautiful and intriguing college town—a Florida feel in South Georgia. But wherever a good opportunity lands, I’m there.”