Published: Aug 04, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Aug 03, 2012 05:01 PM
This is one loss that Chapel hill High School basketball head coach Tod Morgan can accept with a smile.
Gus Fraley has left the Chapel Hill High boys program to take a position at Tennessee State, where he will as TSU’s Director of Player Personnel. Fraley’s duties will include ensuring that the men’s basketball student-athletes maintain academic progress in academics as well as in the weight room and on court.
"I am certainly very happy for and proud of Gus Fraley," Morgan said last week, acknowledging he will miss Fraley. "He is pursuing his dream of becoming a college basketball coach. He will be a good one."
A native of Lincoln County, Tenn., Fraley spent the past four seasons as Chapel Hill High School’s boys basketball junior varsity head coach and as a varsity assistant coach under Morgan. Fraley’s duties at CHHS included scouting, strength and conditioning, guard/perimeter player development and team operations.
"We know that Gus will always be a Tiger and will continue to look out for the young men from Chapel Hill High School," Morgan said.
Fraley, who graduated from the University of North Carolina in June 2011, joined Morgan’s staff while still an undergrad at UNC.
Morgan credits his assistant coaches for helping a struggling program turn the corner onto the winningest seasons in school history.
Chapel Hill won consecutive Carolina 3A Conference titles in 2011 and 2012. This past season, the Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the NCHSAA 3A class and finished with 26-2 record. The previous year, CHHS reached the NCHSAA 3A tournament semifinals.
While also in North Carolina, Fraley served as an off-season skill development instructor for college and professional players. He provided fast paced, on-court NBA style individual workouts and skill sessions to players. Fraley also brings numerous camp and clinic teaching experience over the past five years.
Fraley officially joined the TSU men’s basketball program in July.
Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Travis Williams announced staff additions last week, naming Fraley, Miguel Brady, Chuck Davidson and Josh Cooperwood as Big Blue assistants.
"I think it is very important to have a good support staff," said Williams, who is entering his first season as the TSU Tigers’ head coach. "I am excited to add these outstanding individuals. They are vital to the success of the program."
Williams served the last three seasons as an assistant for departed TSU head coach John Cooper, who left April 6 to accept the head coaching job at Miami of Ohio. TSU Tigers recorded nine wins in 2009-10, 14 in 2010-11 and then went 20-13 last season — the most wins for the Big Blue program since 1978-79 and the school’s first winning season in 16 years.