Article: New Broome High School track named in Coach Frye's Honor

New Broome High School track named in Coach Frye's Honor

coach skip fryeFollowing a unanimous vote by the Spartanburg County School Board of Trustees, Superintendent Kenny Blackwood and the Board honored Steven 'Skip' Frye by naming the new Broome High School track after the legendary track and cross country coach.

Frye began his career in District Three as an English teacher in 1981. He began coaching track and field in 1983 at Broome and created the cross-country program in 1984. He was the assistant track coach from 83-87 and became head coach in 1988.

As head track coach, he coached teams that won: four State Championships, six State Runner-Ups, and 22 Region Championships. In cross-country, he paved the way for teams to win more than 20 Region Championships, three State Runner-Ups, and two State Championships. Frye was the coach for the Boys’ Track Team as it won 18 consecutive region championships. Among his many accolades, he has won the Region 2 AAA AD of the Year Award multiple times and was SC Track Coach of the Year four times and State Cross-Country Coach of the Year two times. He was inducted into the South Carolina Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

While he has since retired from teaching, Frye has continued to coach the boys' cross-country team. skip on track"Coach Frye is not only an excellent coach but an excellent person. He genuinely cares about the athletes and their success on and off the field," Board Vice Chairman Ami Odom said. "No one deserves this more. We are fortunate to have him in Spartanburg County School District Three."

This move is a historic one for District Three. Prior to the naming of the track, the Board of Trustees allowed for an exemption for a facility to be named after a living person in order for this honor to happen.

This past weekend, the track was painted with Coach Frye's name. There will be a formal ribbon-cutting event with details to follow in the coming weeks.