16 Conference Titles | Two NCAA Playoff Appearances | 27 All-Americans | Four Academic All-Americans | One Rhodes Scholar | 1921 National Champions
|Year:||29th year at Centre, 20th as head coach (135-66)|
|College:||Muskingum University `81, Ohio University '84|
Andy Frye, the all-time winningest coach in Centre history, has been the head football coach of the Colonels since the 1998 season. Since that time Centre has become one of the most respected football programs in all of Division III.
Frye owns a 135-66 career record, becoming Centre’s all-time leader in coaching victories with a 34-7 triumph over Defiance on September 13, 2014. With the win, Frye surpassed his predecessor and 2002 Centre Hall of Fame inductee Joe McDaniel.
In 2014 Frye and the Colonels had a historic season, capturing the school’s first Southern Athletic Association title and 13th conference championship overall. Centre finished with a 10-1 ledger, tying a school record for most victories in a season. The Colonels achieved a perfect 10-0 mark in the regular season, their first undefeated regular season since the 1955 campaign. Centre also qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time under Frye.
Since taking over in 1998, Frye has coached seven All-Americans, 85 first-team all-conference selections and nine conference player of the year honorees. This includes former Buffalo Bills kickoff specialist and 2013 Centre graduate Jordan Gay. During his career at Centre, Gay earned All-American honors as a senior in 2012 and was a three-time Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, first in the SCAC in 2010 and in the SAA in 2011 and ’12.
Under Frye, the Colonels have established a program rich in tradition and success. A strong alumni base and community support has helped the Colonels challenge for conference titles on a consistent basis over the past several years. Coach Frye is passionate about developing a program that stands for integrity and social development of the young men in his charge.
Frye takes as much pride in developing the morale of his team as he does the physical abilities. “When all things are equal, the team with the best morale will most times win the battle,” Frye said.
A native of Westerville, Ohio, he served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Centre prior to being named head coach in 1998. Frye came to Centre in 1989 from his alma mater Muskingum College.
While at Muskingum, he served as the defensive coordinator and head wrestling coach. Frye was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1987. Frye also coached football for two years at Ohio University and Defiance College.
Frye’s goal is to continue building Centre football to national prominence: “I want our program to reflect those values and virtues necessary in sustaining a successful program. Excellence is a process; here at Centre it is pursued with great force and passion. We are seeking student-athletes who wish to meet this challenge. The student-athletes who participate in our program are highly motivated students who want to excel at a challenging institution as well as compete for a football program that has had a rich tradition of success.
Our program’s goals for players are twofold: one, develop their athletic skills and talents to their fullest; and two, encourage and maximize their character and abilities as men. Our program’s team goal is to win the Southern Athletic Association and secure a bid to the NCAA National
We offer a top-50 national liberal arts institution, a rich football tradition, a program that is aggressively establishing itself as a premier small college football team, and the opportunity to play in seven different states. It is our hope that you will make Centre your alma mater.”
Married for more than 30 years, Frye and his wife Cindy live in Danville and have two children. Frye’s daughter Courtney, a 2008 Centre graduate, is married to Matt Murray, and has a son, Lincoln, and a daughter, Eden. Frye’s son Nathan played football at Centre and graduated in 2011.
Coach Frye's Record at Centre
|2014||10-1||SAA Champions, SAA Coach of the Year, NCAA Division III Playoffs|
|2011||9-2||NCAA Division III Playoffs|