Mr. David Frazier (Rutherford High School – Class of 1989) is in his Twenty-first year as Rutherford High School’s Director of Athletics. Mr. Frazier currently serves on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors, the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) as president of the conference, and the Directors of Athletics of New Jersey (DAANJ) Board of Trustees. He also serves as the NJSIAA Advisory Committee Chair, is a controversies committee member, and served as the Chair for NJSIAA Covid-19 Task force. Mr. Frazier also served as the Executive Committee President of the NJSIAA in 2012-13, served on the NJSIAA Executive Committee (2007-14), and worked on a host of committees to further high school athletics in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he serves as supervisor of Health and Physical Education and has served as a teacher of Physical Education as well as head & assistant coach for several sports at RHS.
Mr. Frazier earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Manhattan College and his Masters Degree from Montclair State University. In 2004, Mr. Frazier received designation as a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and in 2019 earned the status of Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA). He was named DAANJ Sectional Award of Merit recipient in 2016, NJIC Colonial Division Athletic Director of the Year in 2019, Bergen County Athletic Director of the Year in 2020, DAANJ Professional Development Award in 2020, and the Manhattan College Distinguished Service Award (Kinesiology Department) in 2022.
While attending Manhattan College, Mr. Frazier was a two-time Penn Relay Champion (1993 & 94), MAAC Champion, IC4A Champion, and an NCAA Division I All-American in the triple jump. He competed professionally in track and field ranking # 1 in New Jersey and in the top 25 triple jumpers in the U.S. He has used his knowledge of the event to coach New Jersey’s first state champion in the triple jump (Janek Augustynowicz, R.H.S. Class of 2000). Mr. Frazier was inducted into the Rutherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. His 1992, IC4A Championship Track team was inducted in the Manhattan College HOF in 2017 and his RHS Track Team was inducted into the RHS HOF in 2020.
Mr. Frazier values Education-Based Athletics and the benefits of athletic participation. Participation promotes sportsmanship, accountability, leadership, and citizenship. It encourages teamwork and teaches many life lessons that translate outside the realm of athletics. Mr. Frazier continues to work at the local, county, state, and national level to promote athletics in New Jersey. He hopes to continue to bring about positive and innovative changes, while maintaining the proud tradition of Rutherford Athletics.