Another former U of M field athlete, Tyler Fraizer is quickly establishing a pattern of success as a pole vault coach.
In 2012, Fraizer guided Karlis Pujats and Austin Crenshaw to Conference USA titles. Pujats was named the indoor champion with a mark of 5.23m (17-01.75) while Crenshaw took bronze at the conference meet. Fraizer also helped Sabrina Hochreuther claim points for the Tigers at the C-USA Indoor meet. At the outdoor championships, Crenshaw was victorious as he finished with a height of 5.23m (17-01.75) while Pujats grabbed silver.
Because of their high marks during the outdoor season, Crenshaw and Pujats advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla. In the preliminary rounds, Fraizer coached Crenshaw to a record-setting performance as he set a new school record with a mark of 5.27 meters (17-03.50).
In 2011, under Fraizer's supervision, Karlis Pujats won gold at the C-USA Indoor Championships. Pujats also broke the program's indoor pole vault record at the McCravey Memorial Meet clearing 5.36m. The mark qualified the Latvian native for the NCAA Indoor Championships where he became the first Tiger pole vaulter to attain NCAA All-America status.
Additionally, Pujats and Crenshaw earned a bid to the NCAA East Regional during the outdoor season. That summer, Fraizer helped Crenshaw qualify for the 2011 USA Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., with a mark of 5.14m (16-10.25).
In 2010, vaulters under Fraizer's tutelage established new heights with Pujats setting the school's highest mark outdoor pole vault mark at 5.20m, while freshman Lauren Gale earned her first 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, guiding Inger Anne Froysedal and Christian McDonald to all-conference honors.
The 2007-08 season was Fraizer's first as a coach, but he had an immediate impact. Javelin thrower Christian McDonald had another impressive season, qualifying for the second time for the NCAA MidEast Regionals, where he set a personal-best throw of 64.90m (212-11).
Additionally, under Fraizer's direction, Baldwin and Bolton both grabbed All-C-USA marks at the indoor and outdoor championships in 2008. Both vaulters tied their own indoor school record with a height of 3.75m (12-03.50). Baldwin also broke an outdoor pole vault school record at the Arkansas John McDonnell Invitational with a mark of 3.70m (12-01.5)
Before Fraizer joined the Tiger track and field coaching staff in Fall 2007, he was a member of the Memphis men's track and field team from 2005-07. While an athlete at Memphis, he was part of the 2007 C-USA Conference Outdoor Championship team, finishing fourth in the javelin at the C-USA Championships.
Following the completion of his track and field career at the University of Memphis, Fraizer has taken his extensive knowledge and expertise of several field events to the coaching arena and has become an integral part of the Memphis Tiger's coaching staff.
Prior to his time as an athlete at the University of Memphis, Fraizer spent time at Hutchinson Community College, where he earned All-American honors as a sophomore. He was a two-time qualifier for the NJCAA National Championships in the javelin in his freshman and sophomore campaign at Hutchinson and a Junior Olympic qualifier.
Fraizer graduated with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, from the University of Memphis in 2007. He is married to Victoria Fraizer and is a native of Wichita, Kansas, where he attended Bishop Carroll Catholic high school.