Troy High softball being led by new coach

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published May 1, 2019

 Troy High softball coach Chris Frasier is pictured with Kayla Ziemke at a recent game. Frasier also coaches the school’s football team.

Troy High softball coach Chris Frasier is pictured with Kayla Ziemke at a recent game. Frasier also coaches the school’s football team.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Troy High senior Gabrielle Francois heads down the basepath against Bloomfield Hills High April 22. Troy coach Chris Frasier said 49 girls tried out for the program this year.

Troy High senior Gabrielle Francois heads down the basepath against Bloomfield Hills High April 22. Troy coach Chris Frasier said 49 girls tried out for the program this year.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — Chris Frasier is Troy High’s new softball coach.

Frasier took over the program prior to the season after his friend and previous coach Tom Calnen opted to relinquish the position.

Prior to this year, Frasier was Troy’s JV coach for what he said was four or five seasons. Frasier is also the school’s football coach.

“I went to Troy, I teach at Troy, so I’m happy to do my part so the girls can get the best opportunity they can,” Frasier said.

Although Frasier hadn’t previously coached all the girls on his team, his familiarity with the girls in the program has been beneficial.

“I knew every girl except for the two freshmen that are on the team,” Frasier said. “That was, I think, the biggest thing that was on my side. … Having a relationship with those kids helped (me) connect right away.”

Senior Gabrielle Francois discussed what the transition has been like.

“I’ve known Coach Frasier since my freshman year,” Francois said. “I was overall happy to hear that he was coming. I knew he kind of knew the program. … I knew he really cared about softball and the girls and was ready to kind (of) take on that job for us.”

Frasier’s ties to the school make his roles with the softball and football programs something more than ordinary.

“The biggest thing that I told them when I was interviewing for the varsity football job, ‘This is where I (want to) be,’” Frasier said. “This is in my blood. This is where I grew up. … My brother went to Troy High. My mom still lives in Troy, so it’s who I am. … It’s really meaningful.”

Despite the obvious differences between coaching football and softball, from Frasier’s perspective, “it’s still competition.”

He described his team’s personality as upbeat, and he said it’s been fun for him and his staff to be a part of it. At press time, Troy was 0-5 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“It’s exciting,” Frasier said. “Softball’s a great game. It’s nice to be outside in the sun. It’s nice to eat sunflower seeds. It’s nice to see girls put some balls in play and run around the bases.”

Frasier said 49 girls came out for tryouts this year. Between the three levels of the softball program, he said Troy made a spot for everyone.

“We got about 15 on the varsity team, and we kind (of) split the rest of the girls between JV-A and JV-B,” Frasier said. “I think overall the program’s pretty healthy.”

Up next, Troy plays May 2 at home in a doubleheader against Royal Oak High, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

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