COS’s Marcell Frazier will coach professional football team in Spain

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News

Marcell Fraizer has been quite busy the past few years.

The former College of the Siskiyous and University of Missouri gridiron standout was in training camp with the Cleveland Browns and played XFL football for the Seattle Dragons. He earned his master’s degree from the UM and coached at the high school he graduated from in his hometown of Portland, Ore., David Douglas High School. 

Marcell Fraiser.

Last summer, he was hired at COS as an assistant football coach and head track coach at COS. Now, Frazier, 27, will continue his journey as the defensive line coach for a professional football team in Spain.

Frazier will leave for training camp in early May and expects to be in Spain until at least August – and perhaps longer.

Frazier will be coaching the defensive line for the Barcelona Dragons Football team, which is part of the  European League of Football.

“It’s just a great opportunity to expand my horizons,” he said. 

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When the chance arose to live and work in another country, Frazier said he knew he couldn’t pass it up.

“I feel this will only help in my development,” he said. “I’m excited for this and can’t wait to get over there.”

Frazier said depending on when the season ends in Europe, he could come back and coach at COS, but things are still up in the air in that regard.

 COS Athletic director Charlie Roche, who was the football team’s head coach when Marcell played for the Eagles, commended him for the connections he forged with his players.

“Marcell has been great with the students,” he said. “They are enjoying their season and having fun.” 

With Marcell leaving earlier in the season for track and field, Steve Pyles, who served as his co-coach, will take over the rest of the year along with assistant coach Pam Borg, the former longtime head track and cross country coach at Yreka High School.

Frazier said he has enjoyed being back in Weed and making a difference in the lives of the athletes he has coached. Going back to the school that gave him a chance to continue playing football and coach track is special, he said. 

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Frazier said he plans to learn all he can under an experienced coaching staff led by head coach Adam Rita. He has served as the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders, and BC Lions and as general manager of the Lions and Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

“I want to learn new schemes and other ways to coach,” Marcell said. “I just want to keep learning. I’m just been so blessed to continue to coach.”

Frazier said he is brushing up on his  Spanish, which he studied in high school and college. He can't wait to immerse in the culture and way of life in another country. While there will be Americans on the team, the majority will be from Spain and other countries in Europe.

When Marcell was offered the job at COS, he said it was a “no-brainer.” And to have the chance to coach two sports at a school he has such a connection with made it even better.

“It’s nice to go back to the places you started at and give back,” he said.

Frazier coached the linebackers at COS and said he loved working with the players and appreciated their willingness to learn. While it was a challenge to play during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included weekly testing, Marcell said the team persevered. COS played four games over the spring and went 2-2.

Marcell Fraiser, right, the linebackers coach for the COS football team this past spring poses for a photo after a game with Eagle player hayden McDonald.

“Oh man, it was just fun to compete and we were in every single game,” he said. “They just battled and improved.”

Frazier said he also enjoyed working with the track and field athletes and is impressed with how well they have done so far this season.

He added many of the team members also play football and was proud of how they went from playing their final football game to jumping right into the track season.

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Marcell hopes to be coaching the track team next year, although things can always change.  His goal with the program is to build it and have more athletes from all sports take part in track and field. He said it is a great way for them to hone their skills, such a speed and agility.

“I enjoy competing with the athletes and working with and relating to them and building lifelong connections,” Frazier said. “My goal as a coach is to teach and have fun."

For more information on the Dragons, go to https://www.barcelona-dragons.comhttps://www.barcelona-dragons.com/

COS head  track and field coach Marcell Fraiser top left, poses with his team recently.