NCCU fires head football coach after arrest

From staff reportsAugust 22, 2013 

— N.C. Central University has fired head football coach Henry Frazier III after his second arrest Monday.

“The personal issues Coach Frazier is facing have caused the university to shift its focus from the priorities of student-athletes, the Athletics Department and the university,” the university announced in a statement Thursday.

“NCCU does not condone alleged conduct or behaviors that are counter to the institution’s culture of providing a nurturing environment that supports student learning and academic success.”

Frazier was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic violence protection order taken out by his ex-wife. The order forbid him to have all contact with her, including by phone, email and paper. Frazier’s lawyer has said it was a misunderstanding and that his client was trying to get a note to her saying he would pay for a ticket on their car.

The coach was arrested last year on a charge of assault, for which he receved a prayer for judgment, accordng to court records. He was suspended from coaching after that incident but was reinstated when the university said his legal issues had been resolved.

Dwayne Foster, assistant head football coach, will serve as interim head football coach.

“As we work through this transition, we will concentrate on the four goals of our athletics department: academic success, competitive success, institutional control and student-athlete well-being,” NCCU Athletics Director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said. “I have full confidence in Coach Foster and his abilities to successfully serve as an effective and knowledgeable leader for our students and our football program,” said Wicker-McCree.

Foster joined NCCU in 2011 as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach. Previously, he served as running backs coach at Prairie View A&M University, offensive line coach at Bowie State University and tight ends and running backs coach at Catholic University.

A news conference will be held at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 22, in the Emma Marable Conference Room of the William Jones Building.

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