Football team looks forward to new season
DANVILLE, KY—Coming off a 7-3 season (3-3 in conference play), the Centre College football team is looking forward to the 2006 campaign, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 2, with a home game against Bluffton University. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play begins Saturday, Sept. 16 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
Centre returns five starters on offense and seven on defense, and was tabbed to finish third in the SCAC (along with Sewanee) in a recent poll of conference coaches, behind Trinity and DePauw.
Of the 12 starters returning, six received all-SCAC recognition, including the SCAC offensive player of the year Adam Clark, a senior wide receiver from Frankfort, Ky. Other returning all-SCAC recognition honorees are junior linebacker Matt Johnson of Ashland, Ky. (first team), and senior cornerback Jacob Coleman of Nashville, Tenn. and junior safety Tyler Moody of Cincinnati, Ohio (second team). Senior defensive linemen Brian Dougherty of Hopkinsville, Ky. and Michael Tribble of Knoxville, Tenn. received honorable mention honors.
The team features plenty of new faces, with 33 freshmen—from six different states—coming in to replacing the 22 graduating seniors. With 19 of the prospects on the offensive side of the ball, the coaching staff feels it met its objective to recruit a talented group of offensive linemen to replace the eight departing senior linemen.
Head coach Andy Frye has announced two key promotions. Offensive coordinator Rick Fox has been named associate head football coach, while special teams coordinator Todd Frakes has been promoted to defensive coordinator.
Fox will begin his eighth year at Centre, serving the College as both a football coach and as the school's strength and conditioning coach. Over the last seven years, the Naperville, Ill. native has tutored 42 all-conference players, including 13 first-team selections and two SCAC offensive players of the year. The Colonels have also seen 34 offensive records broken or tied under Fox's watch, including 18 in the last two years.
Frakes will enter his sixth year at his alma mater where he was standout safety for the Colonels. The Cincinnati, Ohio native will continue to work with the defensive backs as well as coordinate the entire defense in 2006. In the past five years Frakes, a former team captain as a player, has helped guide 12 defensive backs to all-conference recognition, including 2003 All-American defensive back John Ortega.
Says Frye, "We appreciate Todd and Rick's commitment and service to our football program. With their new positions comes even greater responsibility. These promotions will enhance our program's commitment to developing our players to be the best they can be, both on the playing fields and in our classrooms.""Coach Frye and I are in full agreement on these promotions," adds Brian Chafin, director of athletics and recreation. "Coach Fox is an excellent football mind and has a great rapport with the players. Coach Frakes was an excellent player for Centre and has had a great deal of success translating his knowledge to his positional players. Both of these men are fine individuals and I hope they stay with Centre Football for many years."
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/
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