The Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals basketball program has found a new leader in former El Dorado Lady Wildcats assistant coach Whitney Frazier.
Frazier will lead the Lady Cardinals as head coach in the 2022-23 season, which follows a strong season in 2021-22.
Frazier is leaving her alma mater, El Dorado High School, where she spent last season working as a senior assistant coach for the Lady Cats. The Lady Wildcats finished last season with an overall record of 17-7 (10-4 in 5A South Conference play).
Frazier said she has received a positive response from the Lady Cardinals and Camden community since being named head coach.
“I’m really excited. I’m meeting the girls tomorrow. I’m excited to tell them how we’re going to change the culture. I’m excited to talk about my expectations for a team and also for the parents,” she said.
“I’m just excited for them, as a whole team, to prepare for the change. I know they’re ready for the change too and I know they’re excited.
“I’ve had a lot of calls and texts telling me how excited they are, which is great because they’re going to give me their all. They’re ready to show me what they’ve got, ready to show me that they’re ready to be better. It’s a great environment.
Under the guidance of head coach Ashlee Curtis and the help of coaches Frazier and Allison Young, the Lady Wildcats have focused their attention on developing their talent after going an 8-14 overall record (5-5 in conference play) in the 2020-2021 season.
El Dorado had a significant rebound which helped push their program in the right direction.
Frazier said she was confident in her ability to coach and get the girls to play high-level basketball and was ready to take the next step as a head coach. Frazier will head coach for the first time in her coaching career with Camden Fairview.
“I have wholeheartedly embraced the coaching philosophy of ’embracing success on and off the pitch.’ As a coach, my job is to make a player better on the pitch and help him reach his full potential,” Frazier said.
“Being a coach is like being a parent. It’s like raising them like a child and accepting them with all their flaws and allowing them to see their strengths and grow them while helping them find ways to improve the skills that are their weaknesses. Learning to coach them is essential to cultivate them.
Frazier has always been a winner on the court.
In his senior year at El Dorado, Frazier led the Lady Wildcats to their first Class 6A state title, as they amassed a 28-3 overall record. Frazier was an explosive guard at both ends of the court for the Lady Wildcats, averaging 24.2 points per game along with 8.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals and three assists during his senior season.
She was named to the All-Conference and All-State teams during her final two seasons in high school.
Her skills earned her a college opportunity as she enrolled at Louisiana Tech University. Frazier would become a star player for the Lady Techsters and one of the top players in Conference USA.
During his junior year of the 2013-14 season, Frazier averaged 16.2 points per game, shooting a 45.1% field goal percentage with 9.8 rebounds per game, two assists per game. game and 1.5 interceptions per game.
Frazier started in 120 of the 126 games she played for Louisiana Tech, including a 99-game straight streak that dates back to her freshman season. She averaged 12.9 points per game, shooting a 44.6% field goal percentage as well as averaging 6.8 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game and 1.4 steals. per game for the Lady Techsters.
Finally, she was a second-team All-Conference player in her junior season and a first-team All-Conference player in her senior season.
She then played international basketball in the Women’s Euroleague in Finland (Kouvot) and Iceland (Haukar). It was in Europe that Frazier had her first contact with coaching when she coached children in the sport of basketball.
Last season was Frazier’s first year as a coach in a school system, and her experience and knowledge of basketball has been a tremendous asset to El Dorado. After a season helping to develop the team, she is more than happy to start and grow her own team at Camden Fairview, she said.
Frazier takes over a Lady Cardinals team that finished the 2021-22 season with an overall record of 15-9 (9-5 in Region 4A-8). The Lady Cardinals will return their two most consistent leading scorers in forwards Karmen Johnson and Amiyah Davis, who were two of the most tenacious three-point shooters in the conference last season. They will return high-caliber paint scorers in forward Jalya Marks and guard Ja’Kyree Spencer.
“I expect this team to be faster. We will play four outs and one out, especially with the new 35-second shot clock. I expect them to play very fast and they do a lot of pressing,” she said. “I’m going to bring a lot of energy to the girls; they’ll feed off of my passion and they’ll bring more energy to the pitch and to the fans.
Although this upcoming school year will be Frazier’s first time entering a season as head coach, his playing experience, coaching philosophy and desire to build his players will be what will drive the Lady Cardinals forward. Frazier proved to be a winner in the sport of basketball; now she’s ready to prove it again, this time as a head coach.