Tyler Fraizer, a 2002 Bishop Carroll graduate, has been hired as the school’s next athletic director to replace Larry Dostert, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 22 years as athletic director at Carroll.
Fraizer was a football and track and field standout while at Carroll and went on to pole vault in college, first at Hutchinson Community College and then at Memphis. Fraizer is currently the pole vault coach on the Memphis track and field team, which he has done since 2007, and will fulfill his duties with the team until his start date of July 1.
“With Larry retiring and me being in my 10th year with Memphis, it was one of those things where it was perfect timing,” Fraizer said. “It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
Along with long-time football coach Alan Schuckman retiring this winter, Dostert’s retirement, which was announced before this school year, changes the landscape of Carroll athletics. Schuckman and Dostert, who was reently named the Congressional District IV KIAAA Athletic Director of the Year, not only played a large role in Carroll’s athletic success, but both were also important figures in Carroll’s Catholic community.
“I think there’s two guys at Carroll you don’t want to follow and that’s coach Schuckman and Larry Dostert,” Fraizer said. “What they’ve done for the high school, especially Larry, has been exceptional. In my opinion, he’s done the hard part in getting the high school to the excellence that its at right now. My job is to keep it there and keep things rolling.”
Fraizer said he will miss coaching, as he has taken vaulters to the NCAA Championships and even to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, but the appeal of returning to his alma mater and hometown were too much.
Fraizer, 33, will be joined by his wife, Victoria, daughter, Leighton, and son, Broden.
“I moved away 12 years ago to Memphis and Wichita has always been a part of my life during that time,” Fraizer said. “It’s very exciting, not just for myself, but for my family and all my friends back home. It feels really good to be back, especially joining Bishop Carroll, and I hope to lead the high school to even more success in the future.”