Tennessee’s track and field program has lost one of its most successful assistant coaches.
John Frazier is returning to UCLA, his alma mater, as men’s track and field coach, the Bruins confirmed Wednesday.
“My fellow coaches, the entire team and I are excited to welcome John Frazier back to Westwood and the UCLA family,” UCLA director of men’s and women’s track and field/cross country Mike Maynard said in a school release. “John’s professionalism and the coaching expertise he brings will certainly help us to continue to move the programs forward toward our goals. He is renowned for his ability to recruit and develop world-class talent, and I believe that his experience as a UCLA student-athlete, as well as his personal understanding of the academic and athletic expectations here, will aid him considerably in his new role.”
Frazier coached UT’s women’s throwers for seven years and also took on the men when the programs combined three years ago under J.J. Clark.
His most successful pupil at UT was multiple SEC champion Annie Alexander.
Neither the Vols nor Lady Vols throwers produced a score at the recent NCAA outdoor championships.
Frazier was a three-time All-American in the shot put during his time at UCLA from 1982-86.