March 23, 2012
Veteran athletics administrator Herman Frazier was hired as the deputy athletics director/chief of staff for Syracuse University athletics in 2011 and oversees the daily operation of all facets of Syracuse athletics. Frazier has more than 34 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, including eight years as an athletics director. From 1980 through 2004, Frazier served on various Olympic committees, including two stints as the U.S. Olympic Committee vice president. Additionally, he was the first African-American to have won a gold medal and then return as the Chef De Mission in charge of the United States Delegation at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Prior to Frazier’s time at Syracuse, Frazier was the senior associate athletics director for sports administration at Temple University. Before joining the Owls’ staff, the Philadelphia native served six years as the director of athletics at Hawaii and was also the director of athletics at UAB.
As the second director of athletics in the history of the UAB program, Frazier started a $30 million facility improvement plan and was responsible for instituting new management concepts and master plan for the program.
Frazier began his athletics administration career immediately upon graduation from Arizona State University (ASU), joining the Sun Devil staff as a graduate assistant for the track & field program in 1977. In 1979, he was appointed assistant director of events and facilities. During his 23-year tenure at ASU, Frazier moved up the ranks to his final position as senior associate athletics director for business operations. An eight-time All-American track performer at ASU, Frazier was the leadoff runner for the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal-winning 4x400 relay, which led him to his work with the USOC.
As Chef De Mission in 2004 for the Athens Olympics, he presided over the most successful U.S. Olympic team in history, capturing 103 medals.