Northern tabbed coach at Prairie View
Frazier resigns after 43-30 mark during seven-year tenure
Staff and Wire Reports
HOUSTON -- Henry Frazier has resigned as football coach at Prairie View A&M after reviving a program that had seen record losing streaks in the 1990s.
Prairie View athletic director Fred Washington said Panthers defensive coordinator Heishma Northern will succeed Frazier.
In 2004, Frazier took over a team had won 21 of 216 games since 1980 and lost a record 80 in a row from 1989-98. He took the Panthers to their first winning season in 2007 and their first Southwestern Athletic Conference title in 45 years in 2009, earning the SWAC coach of the year award.
Frazier leaves Prairie View as the second-most successful head coach in school history with a 43-30 record during his seven-year tenure. The Panthers were 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the SWAC in 2010.
“These are exciting times on the 'Hill' and we were definitely not looking forward to separating from coach Frazier,” Washington said. “He brought our football team to a point of stability on the field and in the classroom and you just can’t ask a coach for any more than that. He came to Prairie View and did what we asked him to do and we will always appreciate him. He is and will always be a Panther.”
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Northern is a 1996 graduate of Southern University with a degree in mathematics. He began his coaching career at Glen Oaks (La.) High School before moving on to the collegiate level at Morehouse College under former NFL standout Doug Williams. After a stint at Morehouse, Northern moved on to Grambling State with Williams and spent seven seasons there as the team’s defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator. Northern has been part of five SWAC championships, including one as a player (1993) and four as a coach (2000-2003, 2009).
“I’m happy for the opportunity to become head coach at Prairie View A&M University,” Northern said. “Being a head coach on the collegiate level was one of the goals I’ve set since entering the coaching profession and I plan to go above and beyond while carrying out my goal.
"I also want to thank coach Frazier for allowing me to work alongside him for six years as he was more than just a head coach. He was very good administrator who taught me more than Xs and Os as he believed in letting his coaches do the jobs they were assigned to do.”