NIU Huskies Vice President/Athletic Director Sean Frazier and the Huskies' Head Coaches help re-enact the opening credits from The Rockford Files for the Huskies Summer Circuit stop in Rockford on June 3 at Franchesco's.
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Entering his second season as NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics, Sean Frazier has already had a tremendous impact on the NIU and DeKalb communities as he ushers in a new era in Huskie Athletics.
Since his arrival, Frazier has overseen the transition of the NIU Convocation Center to the control of Intercollegiate Athletics and is the leading force behind a new facilities master plan and strategic plan for Huskie Athletics.
Under Frazier, many new projects have been instituted to better serve Huskie fans attending contests at NIU, including the new Coaches Club at Huskie Stadium and an upgrade in premium service in the Nelson Club for basketball at the Convocation Center. Frazier also initiated plans for "The Yard" at Huskie Stadium, the official pregame tailgate area for NIU football.
Among the other new projects undertaken by Huskie Athletics during Frazier's tenure have been the signing of a new multimedia and sponsorship partnership with Learfield Sports, the new Huskie Athletic Fund and the Huskie Summer Circuit.
Frazier has also made scheduling a top priority during his time at NIU, signing home-and-home football agreements with San Diego State, BYU, Utah and Maryland.
During his first year in DeKalb, 28 NIU student-athletes earned Academic All-MAC honors and 46 received their degree. Huskies student-athletes compiled a collective cumulative GPA above 3.0 and completed 6,165 community service hours during the 2013-14 school year. On the field, the NIU football team claimed the MAC West Division crown and competed in its six consecutive bowl game and the Huskie men's tennis team earned the MAC regular season championship.
Frazier is the 11th permanent athletic director in NIU history and the first African-American to serve in the role. Earlier this year, Frazier was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).
A former football student-athlete at the University of Alabama, Frazier has 23 years of overall experience as a director of athletics at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as an administrator at two Division I universities, as a coach and as a student-athlete. Prior to NIU, Frazier spent six years in senior leadership roles at the University of Wisconsin, during which time he was promoted from associate athletic director to senior associate athletic director in 2009 to deputy director of athletics in 2011, Frazier's duties grew to include managing all day-to-day internal and external operations for Badger Athletics and serving as UW's "Chief of Staff".
Frazier oversaw all fundraising and advancement activities at UW, including the annual fund, major gifts, suites and club seats, endowments, multimedia rights, ticket operations and alumni affairs. During his tenure at Wisconsin, he served as the administrator for three revenue-producing sports (football, men's basketball and men's ice hockey), providing direct support to the football program that won three consecutive Big Ten Conference Championships.
Frazier played a lead role in raising $123 million for multiple capital projects at UW, including a $31 million hockey/swim facility, an $86 million student-athlete performance center and a $3.5 million softball indoor practice facility.
Prior to Wisconsin, Frazier served as Director of Athletics at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., was the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and led the athletics and recreation department at Division III Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. His accomplishments in eight years as an athletic director ranged from negotiating television agreements, establishing departmental policies and procedures, revamping logos and branding, overseeing facility enhancements, increasing revenue streams by creating fundraising groups, adding sports programs and cultivating successful sports programs.
Frazier began his administrative career at the University of Maine as an assistant football coach in 1995, and was soon tabbed as the athletic department's multicultural affairs liaison, where he created programs aimed at fostering diversity. He was named assistant to the athletic director in 1996 and became assistant athletic director in 1998. In that role, he provided administrative support to Maine's 1999 National Championship men's ice hockey team.
A Long Island, N.Y. native, he played four years of college football at the University of Alabama from 1987-91 and was a member of the 1989 SEC Championship team. He has written numerous papers, presented on topics of diversity, leadership and hiring at national meetings and served on NCAA committees. Frazier earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Alabama, has a master's degree in higher education/educational leadership from the University of Maine and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from Wisconsin.
He and his wife, Rosa, have three children, daughters Marina and Marcella, and son Maximo.