Matt Frederick is hoping to become the coach that finally will bring some stability to the Fairview softball program.
Knights athletic director Frank Lee announced that Frederick, an assistant with Fairview’s program the past two years, will take over as the team’s head coach. Frederick will be Fairview’s fourth softball coach in five seasons and replaces Ryne Willis, who resigned in April in order to focus on his full-time job.
“I try to coach not just to win, but to help the kids grow,” Frederick said. “One of my big things is how a team carries itself, how it presents itself. I try to outwork every kid on the team, and I expect each of them to try and outwork me. That’s the kind of atmosphere I want to build.”
A 2007 graduate of Fairview — Frederick played baseball for the Knights and Trinidad State Junior College before completing his collegiate career at Bemidji State — Frederick inherits a team that could finally be poised to climb out of the bottom half of the Front Range League. Although Fairview went only 7-12 last year, the Knights are expected to return most of their top performers from 2012. And that seven-win season still was a solid jump forward after a one-win campaign in 2011.
“He’s been in our program and he’s shown a lot of interest in the program,” Lee said. “I thought he was the best fit for what we’re looking for. He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and he likes the movement in where the program is going and wants to take it to the next level.”
Frederick already has hit the ground running, overseeing some restoration work on the Fairview playing field while getting his players ready to teach potential future Knights during a series of camps in July.
“In the first four days we already got the field in better shape,” Frederick said. “We have our first official summer workout on Monday. I’m trying to take it week by week, but at the same time this isn’t the time to sit back. We’re jumping right into things.”
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