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COS alum will be Eagles new track and field, assistant football coach

Bill Choy
Marcell Frazier

Marcell Frazier is excited to return to the College of the Siskiyous to begin his coaching career. The 26 year-old former Eagle has been named the new head track and field coach at COS, as well as an assistant football coach.

“I had a fun and rewarding year and a half of my life at COS,” said the Portland, Ore. native.

Frazier had a successful season as a redshirt freshman defensive lineman in 2014 for the Eagles, finishing with 32 tackles and 11 sacks and earned first-team conference honors.  

Frazier had previously been with two other football programs, but COS gave him the chance to shine.

His strong play earned him a scholarship to SEC football program Missouri, where he had a successful career, including recording 17.5 sacks in three seasons. After graduation, he had spent time in the NFL, CFL and XFL and he obtained his master’s degree in education at the University of Missouri.

Frazier signed with the Seattle Seahawks but was cut. He signed with the Cleveland Browns but was cut in the preseason. He was on the practice squad for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. Last season, Marcell was a member of the Seattle Dragons of the XFL.

The season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, and XFL announced in April it would not continue as a league. But on Monday, it was announced that a group  that includes movie star  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson purchased the XFL.

Marcell played in all five games for the Dragons, and intercepted a pass near the goal line to score in the team’s lone win of the year on  Feb. 15 against Tampa Bay.

 Frazier said he put in a lot of work and effort as a pro football player and learned a lot about how dedicated and focused one must be to succeed at such a high level of athletics.

“It was cool to get the opportunity to play on that level but it is gruelling,” he said. “You have to prepare and know there are players bigger and better than you.”

Frazier has also spent time as a coach at the high school he graduated from in Portland: David Douglas High School.

COS Athletic Director Charlie Roche, who was the head football coach for COS when  Frazier played in 2014, is pleased to have him back at COS, this time as a coach.

“Marcell is a passionate person and will be a great mentor for these students,” Roche said. “His story is unique and he just kept pushing until he made it.”

Roche said that Frasier is a very hard worker who is organized and intelligent.

He believes his experience playing football at a high level will serve him well at COS.

“Anytime you experience different coaching styles, locker room settings, organizational settings, you learn from that experience,” Roche said. “Marcell has been in several different environments and I am sure he has learned something from each one that he will bring here.” 

In addition to his football experience, Fraizer has had a long association with track and field that started when he joined a track and field club when he was 6 years old.  His parents, brother and sister ran track. He competed in the high jump as well as the 4x400-meter relays and the 400-meter dash.

“It was my first passion,” he said.  

When Marcell grew into his six-foot-5 inch frame, he made the choice to focus solely on football.

His hope for the COS track program is to get more football players competing. He said this would be beneficial for them and the program, and he is looking forward to building and growing the track program at COS.

Frazier said his goal is to work closely with the track and field athletes and give them the tools and guidance to succeed.

With the football team, Marcell said it has not been decided what position he will coach. But he is ready to come in and learn all he can from his fellow coaches and pass on his knowledge to his players.

“I’m just excited to come down, get to know everyone and get to work,” he said. “I’m blessed to be given this opportunity.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two-year schools in the state will not begin sports until next year.

 Frazier said if allowed, the plan is for both the track and field and football teams to begin working out and training for the upcoming seasons this fall.

“I love the area and all the nature that’s around here,”  Frazier said. “Being from Portland it feels like an extension of Oregon here.”

Marcell is proud to have obtained his masters degree, and said it was a challenge juggling his school work and his pro football career. But, overall, it was rewarding to know that all his hard work paid off.

He added it was exciting to play football in the SEC, considered one of the elite conferences in all of college football.

“In that region, people take football very seriously,”  Frazier said.