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Clark College hires Owen Frasier to coach cross country

Frasier has been the cross country coach at Fort Vancouver High School for 12 years

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: March 30, 2022, 2:42pm

Owen Frasier is taking his running shoes and his enthusiasm to Clark College.

Frasier, who built a successful cross country program at Fort Vancouver High School, is the new cross country coach at Clark College, the school announced Wednesday.

It’s a job Frasier said he could not have seen himself taking when he started at Fort 12 years ago.

“I would not have imagined that I’d still be the cross country coach at Fort,” Frasier said. “I ran cross country in high school, but coaching cross country was really just a way to get my foot in the door as a teacher at Fort. I always thought baseball would be my thing.”

Frasier would coach baseball at Fort from 2013-2019, but it was the senior class for 2019 that helped him build his love for cross country.

“I think that when Emily Phelps, Anna Harrison and Drew Weber came into our program and we started to have success, that’s when it really became fun and exciting,” Frasier said. “And that’s what we hope to bring to Clark College.”

Frasier led the Fort girls to their first league title in cross country in 2018. Last fall, the Trapper girls earned another league title and their first 2A district title.

Frasier said he will remain a teacher at Fort, where he teaches history and the college prep program AVID.

“We’ve been able to help a lot of underrepresented kids to college,” Frasier said. “But many of those kids, once they get to college, struggle because they don’t get enough support, especially the ones that go the junior college route. I saw this job as an opportunity to continue to help those kids succeed.”

Frasier will be joined at Clark by assistant Kailey Sears. But breaking the news to his runners at Fort was hard.

“That was one of the most brutal things I’ve ever had to do,” Frasier said.

A graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School where he competed in cross country, basketball and baseball, Frasier studied at Clark College for two years before earning a bachelor’s degree at Corban University in Salem, Ore., and a Masters in Teaching at Concordia University.

“I am very excited to welcome Owen to the Penguin Family,” Clark athletic director Laura McMasters said. “His student-centered approach along with his local success has me very excited to see where he will take the program in the coming years.”