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Lamont Frazier named Willard boys coach

Former Mizzou Tigers captain

April 19, 2012|Mike Scott | mscott@kspr.com

WILLARD, MO - Current Poplar Bluff head coach Lamont Frazier has accepted the same position at Willard High School after being approved by the school board Thursday night.

"Coach Frazier is someone who will not only have a positive influence on our basketball program, but on the entire student body as well," said Willard Athletic Director Jeff Staley.  "We are very excited to hand the program over to him."

"It’s a great basketball town," said Frazier.  "It seems as though the basketball drives the enthusiasm in the community.   That’s what I thrive on, to be in an opportunity where the sport I like is important."

Frazier inherits a talented group headlined by its upcoming junior class.  He plans on visiting with the assistant coaches Friday.  Frazier will remain at Poplar Bluff until his contract expires June 1st.

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"Don’t know a whole lot of concrete facts about team, but that’s why I want to visit with the assistants about what we need to do from this day forward and what it’s going to take to raise the level of success.  This is a tough area to play and I think the expectations have to be high and the demand has to be even higher."

Frazier was a standout for the Mizzou basketball team under Norm Stewart from 1990-94.  As a senior he was named team captain, leading the Tigers to a 28-4 record and a Big 8 Conference championship.  He also played one season for the Tigers football team before receiving his bachelors degree in Psychology.

The Charleston, Missouri native has also spent time as an assistant at Lincoln University and Central Missouri.  He's served as the Mules head coach since 2006.

Frazier replaces Dusty Killingsworth, who resigned as head coach after 3 seasons leading the Tigers, including a class 5 sectional appearance in 2011.

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