Henry Frazier has hit the ground running at North Carolina Central

Henry Frazier didn’t think twice about taking over a North Carolina Central program coming off its third straight losing season. Dude, that’s nothing.

Prior to Frazier’s arrival at Prairie View A&M, the Panthers hadn’t had a winning season since 1976 and once claimed the nation’s longest losing streak from 1989-98, losing a staggering 80 games in a row. He was hired after they stumbled to 1-10 seasons in both 2002-03. Fast forward seven years, and Frazier left for Durham, North Carolina, boasting a 43-30 overall record — having closed out that stellar run with four consecutive winning seasons. The highlights included consecutive 9-1 marks in 2008 and ’09, as the Panthers won a Southwestern Athletic Conference title for the first time since the mid-1960s.

Fresh off overseeing that transition from college-football doormat to SWAC champ, the former Bowie State player and coach will now help North Carolina Central move into membership in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this year. Frazier replaces Mose Rison at NCCU, who was removed as coach and reassigned within the athletic department Oct. 18. Central said Frazier received a five-year contract with a base salary of $225,000. The Eagles open the football season on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Rutgers.

“One of the high points for me was when we won that SWAC championship and we hadn’t won it since 1964,” Frazier said, at his announcement press conference. “My wife (the former LaNier Turner) and I looked at the first news article that was written when I accepted the job at Prairie View, and saw we did exactly what we said we were going to do when we came to Texas. She looked at me and said, ‘Let’s go (to NCCU).’ Winning that (SWAC) championship and watching those alums crying was something else. We left 17 starters at Bowie State when we went to Prairie View, and people said I was going to the graveyard of coaches. When you do what you say you’re going to do and how you said you were going to do it, you’re a man of integrity.”

Frazier quickly built a warchest of talent, earning a mention as one of the Top 5 HBCU signing classes by Donal Ware last month. The group was led by the explosive defensive back Alex Cole (Sherwood/Olney, Md.), a two-star Rivals.com recruit. Frazier also signed seven prospects fro his native Washington, D.C., and defensive tackle Josh Wade from McKinley Tech in Texas.

He’s also assembled a staff of 10 assistant coaches at North Carolina Central, four ofwhom followed Frazier from Prairie View A&M: Dwayne Foster (assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/offensive line), Michael Bryant (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Roy Jones (director of football operations/tight ends) and Lamar Manigo (wide receivers). Four others were retained from last season’s NCCU roster: Mike McGlinchey (special teams coordinator/running backs) and Antoine Rivens (defensive line), along with former student-athletes Jamar Harp (assistant offensive line/video coordinator) and Andre George (assistant defensive backs). New defensive coordinator John Morgan, who will over see defensive backs, is a familiar name, too: He was NCCU’s defensive coordinator in 2007. Frazier also hired Mike Mendenhall to coach linebackers and assist with special teams, after he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at the University of New Mexico.



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