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Frazier's Wilson comes home again

| Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001

Larry Wilson has come full circle.

The 1994 Frazier High School graduate is a Commodore once again, not as a student this time, but as a teacher and the new head varsity football coach.

Varsity football isn't new to Wilson, who spent last season as a varsity football assistant at Ringgold High School. But football didn't bring him back to Frazier.

'Actually, a teaching opportunity originally brought me,' Wilson said, explaining that he originally planned to serve as an assistant coach under Tom Salisbury, who was first hired for the post. Salisbury enjoyed a previous stint with the Commodores during Wilson's school days, and Wilson hoped to work with him again.

'They hired (Salisbury) back, and I was going to be his offensive coordinator. I said, 'You know what• I'm going to come back and work with him.' Then, he got sick,' Wilson said. 'I just decided to apply for the position, and here I am.'

2000 Results
Week 1: Jefferson-Morgan 30, Frazier 14
Week 2: California 35, Frazier 6
Week 3: Carmichaels 42, Frazier 0
Week 4: Monessen 55, Frazier 28
Week 5: Frazier 6, Mapletown 0
Week 6: Frazier 40, Bentworth 6
Week 7: IDLE
Week 8: Frazier 33, Geibel 6
Week 9: Frazier 25, West Greene 13

Overall Record: 4-4
Should Wilson have any trouble adjusting to his new job, he has an impressive contingent of assistant coaches to help him.

'I've been so lucky to get some quality guys,' the Slippery Rock University graduate said.

Returning to the squad is wide receiver and cornerbacks coach Bill Henderson, who also serves as Frazier's athletic director. Tom Gill will coach the offensive and defensive lines.

With the departure of head coach Gary Dongilli from nearby Belle Vernon, Wilson picked up two former Leopards assistants as well. Jim Trenk will man the defensive coordinator position and coach the running backs, while Tim Beck will oversee the offensive line.

Fellow Frazier graduate Chad Salisbury will assume the role of quarterbacks coach. Chad Salisbury is coming off a stint in that position with the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League.

Wilson's father, Larry Wilson Sr., has also gotten into the coaching business, leading the middle school team. He will be assisted this season by Brian Salisbury and Dan Kordich.

Although the Commodores lost 12 members of last season's 24-man roster to graduation, Wilson and his coaches will have no shortage of players with which to work this year. Wilson reported that Frazier currently has 33 members on the team, eight of whom are upperclassmen.

'There's a corps of eight seniors I'm relying on to hold this team together once we get started,' he said.

In addition to those experienced players, though, Wilson said the Commodores also feature some young talent and a solid work ethic.

And he doesn't see his newness to the job as a drawback. With several other Tri-County South teams also being led by new head coaches, Wilson said, 'I'm going to be going up against guys just like me.'

Wilson said that factor should make for a 'wide-open conference,' and he hopes Frazier can be in the thick of it.

'It's going well,' Wilson said of the team's progress thus far. 'This program is so young right now, but they work hard, day and night.'

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