West Rusk has had a lot of success on the football field, and in athletics in general, in the last decade, but the man who was at the forefront as athletic director and head football coach has decided it’s time to move on.
John Frazier, who was in those positions for the last 12 seasons, has resigned from both, the Kilgore News Herald has learned.
Frazier coached the Raiders to the postseason in eight of his 12 years at WR (including 2018), and helped spearhead the renovation of the school’s facilities, including the virtually-still-new Bruce Bradshaw Stadium on campus.
With 84 wins, Frazier is now the school’s winningest football coach. The Raiders went 6-4 in his first season, then jumped up to nine wins in year two (2008). His best seasons, win-total wise, were in 2010 (12-1) and in 2015 (12-2).
West Rusk had a 10-2 season in 2018, and at one point in the year (following a win at Gladewater), the Raiders went as high as fourth in the Class 3A state football poll.
Frazier and his coaching staff also regularly sent players on to the next level: recently, WR defender Tyree Wilson signed with Texas A&M.
Frazier’s son Jackson is a sophomore at White Oak and in the Roughnecks’ football program, and Frazier told the Longview News Journal he will be in the private business sector and spending more time with family.
The Raiders will move on to fill the opening; when they do, it’ll be covered here in the News Herald.