FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Eddie Frasier, head coach of the Dillard High School football team that reached the regional final this year, has died, Broward County authorities said Monday. He was 34.
According to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, Frasier’s death was reported on Monday morning and the cause or manner of death had yet to be determined. His relatives said his death was not related to COVID-19, the contagious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
During his first season as head coach, Frasier led Dillard to an undefeated (10-0) regular season and the Class 6A-Region 4 final, where they suffered their only loss to Miami Central Senior High School.
“He brought this community back together,” said Casandra Robinson, the Dillard High School principal.
Frasier earned the Broward County Coach of the Year Award and the Dolphins 2019 George F. Smith High School Coach of the Year Award. He was a nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.
“Not only did he motivate the boys on the field, but he motivated them off the field,” said Rosalind Osgood, a Broward County School Board member.
Frasier, who was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, was a Dillard High School and Florida Atlantic University alum. He also coached the Lauderdale Lakes Vikings, a Florida Youth Football League team. According to Broward County Public Schools, he started teaching at Dillard High School in 2009.
Last week, Frasier wrote on Facebook: “It’s a lot going on, 3 people from my inner circle: 2 players and one of my homeboys have lost loved ones: A mother, A father, & a Grandad during these crazy times. Non-corona related but death is death. Definitely been a rough week, trying to keep them all In positive spirits!”
We send our condolences to the Dillard High School community on the passing of Head Football Coach Eddie Frasier. pic.twitter.com/flsqu7ya8F— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 13, 2020