Monday, November 03, 2008

Profile: Brian Frye

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PROFILE: Brian Frye
Today the profile spotlight falls on DeLaSalle coach Brian Frye. Coach Frye has been at the helm for the last two years on the Island, and they have finished second both years in the AAA state tournament. Coach Frye also has coached in the AAU ranks with the Metro Stars program. In the summer of 2007 Coach Frye was named the summer coach of the year by gbbrecruit.

photo: prior to the AAA 2008 semifinal vs Minnehaha at the Target Center. photo by Teas.

your birthday: December 15, 1976

schooling: Double major in health education and physical education from the University of St. Thomas.

mentor coaches: Doug Boe, Ron Zopfi, Pam Borton, Dave Stromme, Tony Dungy

basketball coaching jobs: Winter of 95 (Burnsville Girls Assistant), Winter of 97 (Blaine Boys Assistant) Winters of 98 and 99 (Maple Grove Boys Assistant), Winters of 00 and 01 (Burnsville Girls Varsity Head Coach), Winters of 02,03,04,05 (University of Minnesota), Winters of 06, 07, and present Head Varsity Girls Coach at DeLaSalle.

Favorite basketball movie: Any game film on a Saturday morning in which we played great on the previous Friday evening- chocolate chip & banana pancakes, chocolate milk, and a game film of a big Friday night win.

Favorite basketball instructional video/tape: Don Meyer (Northern State) and Mark Few (Gonzaga)

Favorite book: Blind Your Ponies by Stanley G West (Great book on the power a basketball team can have on a community and the importance in a shared belief and a shared joy)

Favorite high school gymnasium: DeLaSalle - Winterfest Doubleheader Saturday in which the boys and girls play back to back on a Saturday evening--No better atmosphere in the state.

favorite team growing up: Duke Men

Meal before a game: Peanut Butter, Manana and Honey Sandwich, a bottle of water with crushed ice, and four white tic-tacs.

starting five from your aau career: Too many great players to name just five. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with many, many wonderful girls.

favorite opponent: Who ever is next. Honestly we pride ourselves on consistency in preparation--We ask that of the kids so it also should be an expectation of ourselves as a staff.

coach you would like to avoid playing: No one---We want to compete against the best--the best players/teams/coaches.

trend you like in high school basketball: 3 officials

trend that needs fixing in basketball: This notion that the game is becoming too physical and that we need rule changes---Let kids defend with pressure, let kids body on the boards--tough kids play a tough game, let them play.

most memorable game you coached: (as part of a staff) --beating Duke to go to the final four in 2004. (as a head coach) --the State AAA Championship in 2007 versus Becker.

most painful loss - The State AAA Championship in 07 and 08 were disappointing.

If you could go to a college to assist which one: I really enjoyed my time with Pam at Minnesota. I am a Minnesota kid born and raised so there is really nothing better than calling Williams Arena your place of employment.

favorite athlete in another sport: Tiger Woods

favorite coach: Doug Boe - The coach that gave me my start, I would never have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and experience many great moments in coaching if it was not for the guidance of Coach Boe.

biggest change in basketball since you started coaching: Skill level--Better athletes playing at a higher level, it has been great to see the women's game develop the way it has.

Favorite value in others: Passion, unselfishness, toughness, a competitive fire, sincerity.

Thanks Coach Frye.

Next up: I will get to the out & abouts from yesterday. Next new posting tomorrow or when news breaks.