Entering his eighth year at the U of M, Tyler Fraizer has established himself as one of the country's top pole vault coaches. The 2014 indoor and outdoor seasons were the best in program history with Fraizer's athletes earning a total of three All-America honors, three individual conference titles, a combined eight all-conference citations and five berths in the NCAA East Outdoor Preliminary.
During the indoor season, Pauls Pujats and Austin Crenshaw took gold and silver respectively at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn All-Conference honors. Pujats took the title clearing 5.45m (17'10.5") establishing a new conference indoor meet record qualifying the junior for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
At the NCAA Indoor Championship, Pujats took bronze setting a new program-record at a height of 5.50m (18'.50"). The Latvia native earned All-America first team honors, making him the second Tiger pole vaulter to earn All-America status in indoor competition.
On the women's side the, Clara Amat-Fernandez, Carolina Carmichael and Sabrina Hochreuther continued to push the Lady Tiger pole vault program to new heights in indoor competition. Amat-Fernandez and Hochreuther earned all-conference honors winning silver and bronze respectively. Amat-Fernandez set a new indoor program-record in her performance clearing a height of 4.08m (13'4.5").
Fraizer's athletes continued to impress during the outdoor season with Pujats and Carmichael sweeping the men's and women's pole vault titles at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship and both setting new program records during the season. Pujats took gold on the men's side clearing 5.48m (17'11.75") earning him all-conference and Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer honors. Teammate Austin Crenshaw took silver at the event also earning all-conference honors.
Carmichael took the women's title clearing a height of 4.08m (13'4.5"). Amat-Fernandez took bronze at a height of 3.98m (13'.75"). Both of their performances earned the duo all- conference honors.
The outdoor season culminated with Pujats, Crenshaw, Carmichael, Hochreuther and Amat-Fernandez qualifying for the 2014 NCAA East Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary. Pujats and Crenshaw advanced to the NCAA National Championship each clearing a height of 5.32m (17'5.5") to secure top-12 finishes. Carmichael advanced on the women's side recording a new program-record of 4.20m (13'9.25"), tying the sophomore for third.
At the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Pujats placed 10th in the men's pole vault at a height of 5.40m (17'8.5") earning the junior All-America second team honors. Carmichael tied for 10th on the women's side at a height of 4.15m (13'7.25") to earn All-America second team honors. Carmichael's All-America nod made her the first female in program history to earn All-American honors in the pole vault.
The seeds for the highly successful 2014 campaign by Fraizer's pole vault crew began a year earlier with the same core of competitors. During the 2013 indoor season, Crenshaw took gold at the Conference USA Indoor Championships, with Pujats taking silver each earning the athletes all-conference honors. The women's side saw similar success in indoor conference competition with Amat-Fernandez and Hochreuther earning all-conference honors with a silver and bronze finish respectively.
In outdoor competition Nate Arnold, Crenshaw, Pujats, Hochreuther and Amat-Fernandez each qualified for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary. The group was the highest number of combined and individual men and women pole vaulters to represent Memphis since the NCAA moved to the regional qualifying format in 2001.
At the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championships, Pujats and Crenshaw each earned all-conference honors, with Pujats taking silver and Crenshaw taking bronze. On the women's side, Hochreuther and Amat-Fernandez each scored points for the women's team at the C-USA Outdoor Championships placing fourth and fifth respectively. Amat-Fernandez also raised the women's outdoor program-record to 3.95m (12'11.50") in a second place finish at the ASU Red Wolves Open.
In 2012, Fraizer guided Karlis Pujats and Crenshaw to top pole vault finishes at the C-USA Championships. Pujats won the C-USA indoor pole vault title 5.23m (17'1.75"), while Crenshaw won bronze. At the C-USA outdoors, Crenshaw and Pujats reversed roles, with Crenshaw winning gold 5.23m (17'1.75") and Pujats taking silver. On the women's side at the 2012 C-USA Indoors, Fraizer helped Sabrina Hochreuther to a fourth-place performance.
As a result of their outdoor season marks, Crenshaw and Pujats both advanced to the NCAA East Preliminaries. In the preliminary rounds, Crenshaw set the school's outdoor pole vault record with a mark of 5.27m (17'3.5").
Under Fraizer's supervision, Pujats won gold at the 2011 C-USA Indoors. Pujats also set a then school indoor pole vault record at the McCravy Memorial Meet 5.36m (17'7"). The mark qualified the Latvia native for the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he became the first Tigers pole vaulter to earn All-America honors.
Additionally, Pujats and Crenshaw earned NCAA East Regional bids during the 2011 outdoor season. That summer, Crenshaw qualified for the 2011 USA Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore. A year earlier in 2010, freshman Lauren Gale earned two all-conference nods in the pole vault.
In 2009, Fraizer helped Ashton Baldwin, Whitney Bolton, Brittany Brewster and Brian Prackett to all-conference pole vault performances. Fraizer also coached javelin at the time and, under his tutelage, guided Inger Anne Froysedal and Christian McDonald to all-conference honors.
The 2007-08 season was Fraizer's first on the U of M staff, but he had an immediate impact. Javelin thrower Christian McDonald qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regionals, where he threw a personal-best 64.90m (212-11). Additionally, Baldwin and Bolton both garnered all-conference marks at the 2008 indoor and outdoor championships.
Before Fraizer joined the coaching staff, he was a member of the Tigers track and field team from 2005-07. During his collegiate career, he was member of the 2007 C-USA Outdoor Championships title team. At the championships, he posted a fourth-place finish in the javelin.
Prior to his Tigers career, Fraizer spent time at Hutchinson Community College, where he earned All-American honors as a sophomore. He was a two-time NJCAA National Championships qualifier and a Junior Olympic in the javelin in his freshman and sophomore campaigns at Hutchinson.
Fraizer graduated from the University of Memphis in 2007. He is married to Victoria Fraizer and they have one daughter, Leighton. Fraizer is a native of Wichita, Kansas, where he attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.