William Frazier


A graduate of Moscow high school in 1926, he left with a total of nine letters and was an all-stater in basketball in 1925 and in football in 1926. Following a year of freshman football at Idaho in 1926, Bill moved to Gonzaga University where he played both football as a quarterback and a guard in basketball through 1933.

Following graduation from Gonzaga in 1933, Frazier started a career in coaching and teaching in 1933 at Mead high school and also was an assistant coach at Gonzaga for football and frosh basketball. In 1939 he joined the staff at Gonzaga high school to start a career which carried him with brilliance through 1973. His 34-year career at Gonzaga Prep is filled with records which will probably last forever. At Mead high school he had four champion­ships. At Gonzaga Prep he had 15 Spokane League championships and an astounding record of 204 wins. 81 losses and 1 3 ties. His baseball record follows the same great trend with five titles ,n six years at Mead, and followed by 15 titles and 241 wins, 125 losses in league play.

He also added nine years of basketball coaching at Gonzaga with one title in nine years, and also a one win and two loss record for one year as track coach. He received honors as coach of the year in 1951 and 1963. coached the All-State football team in 1950, and was selected to the Inland Empire Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Washington State Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1978. Besides his wife, Edna, Bill's family includes Bill Jr., who was all-city in football and baseball at Gonzaga Prep, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bill still resides in Spokane.

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