Derek Frazier is in his third year on Central Michigan’s football staff, and his role expanded in the past season to be the run game coordinator/offensive line coach.
In 2015, he led a unit that protected quarterback Cooper Rush as the CMU signal caller threw for a program-record 3,848 yards and 25 touchdowns, and the Chippewas averaged 300.8 yards per game through the air, ranking second in the Mid-American Conference and 19th among Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
CMU’s offense ranked fifth overall in the MAC, averaging 401.7 yards per game, and was second in the league and 13th nationally in time of possession.
CMU center Nick Beamish earned First Team All-MAC honors for the second consecutive season, wrapping up a standout career during which he logged 51 consecutive starts and was twice named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List. Chippewa tackle Ramadan Ahmeti received Third Team All-MAC honors.
Prior to joining coach John Bonamego’s CMU staff, Frazier spent three seasons as the offensive line coach at Colorado State, where he helped lead a program that showed tremendous progress during his tenure.
The Rams went from four victories in 2012, Frazier’s first year, to 10 in 2014; and, they went from the Mountain West Conference’s ninth-ranked offense in 2012 to its second-ranked in 2014. The Rams ranked 18th nationally in offense in ’14. In the 2013-14 seasons combined, Colorado State set 21 individual player records, including Kapri Bibbs’ 1,741 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns in 2013.
Two Frazier-coached offensive linemen from Colorado State, Ty Sambrailo and Weston Richburg, earned First Team All-Mountain West honors and Richburg was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants. He is one of several players that Frazier has mentored who was drafted by an NFL team or signed professionally as a free agent.
Prior to his time at Colorado State, Frazier served as an assistant, primarily on the offensive line or, in some cases, as the offensive coordinator, at Fresno State (2006-11 and ’03-04), Northern Arizona (’05-06), Adams State (Colorado) College (2001), Nichols (Mass) College (2000).
Frazier earned four letters as an offensive lineman at Northern Colorado and was the starting center on the Bears’ 1996 team, which won the NCAA Division II national championship. He earned the team’s Most Inspirational Offensive Player Award that season.
Frazier earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Colorado and his master’s degree from Nichols College. He and his wife, Taryn, have two children, a daughter, Katelyn; and a son, James.