Another former U of M track and field standout, Tyler Fraizer is quickly establishing himself as one of the country's top pole vault coaches.
The 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons were one of the strongest on record for program in the pole vault. During the indoor season, the Austin Crenshaw took gold at the Conference USA Indoor Championships, with Pauls Pujats taking silver each earning the athletes All-C-USA honors.
The women's side saw similar success in indoor conference competition with Clara-Amat Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther earning All-C-USA honors with a silver and bronze finish respectively. Additionally for the women, Hochreuther raised the women's program record to 4.03m (13'2.5") in a fifth place finish at the Arkansas Final Qualifier.
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-C-USA 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 Conference USA Championships. Pujats won the C-USA indoor pole vault title (5.23m; 17-01.75), 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 5.27 meters (17-3.5).
Under Fraizer's supervision, Pujats won gold at the 2011 C-USA Indoors. Pujats also set the school's indoor pole vault record at the McCravy Memorial Meet (5.36m). 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-C-USA nods in the pole vault.
In 2009, Fraizer helped Ashton Baldwin, Whitney Bolton, Brittany Brewster and Brian Prackett to All-Conference USA pole vault performances. Fraizer also coached javelin at the time and, under his tutelage, guided Inger Anne Froysedal and Christian McDonald to all-league 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-C-USA 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 that 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.