Thaier Mukhtar is pictured in a previous season addressing one of his Fraser High boys soccer teams. Mukhtar has resigned as both the boys and girls coach at Fraser.

Thaier Mukhtar is pictured in a previous season addressing one of his Fraser High boys soccer teams. Mukhtar has resigned as both the boys and girls coach at Fraser.

Photo by Sean Work


Thaier Mukhtar resigns from Fraser High’s soccer program

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 27, 2017

FRASER — The resignation of a high school coach isn’t typically earth-shattering news, as it is not an infrequent occurrence for programs to have a different coach from one season to the next.

But when it is a Hall of Fame coach who has helped lead every high school program he has been associated with to championships, it can get people’s attention.

After resigning as Fraser High’s girls soccer coach last spring, Thaier Mukhtar has also decided to relinquish his duties with the boys program.

“It was time to move on,” Mukhtar said. “We changed the whole program around; changed the whole atmosphere of the program and made it a very respectable program, with both the boys and girls. It’s time for them to hear different voices. … Been there long enough.”

During Mukhtar’s 14 seasons with the girls program, the Ramblers were 184-77-40 and won seven Macomb Area Conference division championships.

After coaching at Warren De La Salle for 29 seasons, Mukhtar took over Fraser’s boys program in 2012.

During his tenure, the Ramblers were 93-24-24 and won MAC division championships in each of his first three seasons leading the program. Fraser also won two district championships and one regional title.

Despite all that success, Mukhtar’s time with the program resulted in more than just championships and on-the-field accolades.

“It was a great relationship,” he said. “My phone is full of alumni from Fraser that stay in touch with me and talk to me. … I built lifelong relationships with some of these athletes. … That’s the thing I will cherish the most, is the friendship.”

Tyler Waelchli is one of the many players Mukhtar coached during his tenure at Fraser. Waelchli completed his senior season earlier this year.

“To have Mukhtar as a coach, it was a great honor,” Waelchli said. “He was looking out for us; wanting the best for us. He was overall a great coach to have. I’ll remember him.”

Aside from the athletes he has coached, Mukhtar also expressed gratitude to the Fraser community and the school’s student body.

Mukhtar — who has been selected as State Coach of the Year 10 times, Midwest Coach of the Year twice and national Coach of the Year once — said he still wants to stay in the profession.

In total, Mukhtar has won five state titles during his 35 years of coaching (all with De La Salle), 28 district titles and 11 regional championships.

“Wherever God sends me, wherever I can help kids, that’s where I’m (going to) end up,” Mukhtar said. “It’s hard to say right now. I’ve had opportunities to move on to bigger schools, potentially better programs, and that’s not what it’s all about. It’s about where I fit best; it’s about what I can do for some young athletes.”