• The most dominant and respected player on the Columbus offense.
  • He belongs to Columbus sports hall of fame.
  • Baseball-Track & Field Coach at Fort Lewis College

Fred was the most dominant and respected player on the Columbus offense. And, he was also very good in track & field. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Fort Lewis College where he had played for four years.  Eventually, he brought his knowledge of the game back to Columbus in 1982.  That’s when he began coaching football and track and field.

In football, Fred served as the offensive line coach at Columbus for 14 seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator.  In 1998, thanks to Fred’s coaching, Columbus had the No. 1 rushing team in Dade County.  By then, people recognized him as the best offensive line coach in this town.  He helped 20 offensive linemen get football scholarships.

In track and field, Fred was equally successful.  The idea that your he could make the transition each year from a team sport – football—to an individual sport like track and field was testimony to his brilliance.  Although he utilized the same passion and energy while coaching both sports, track and field took a completely different mindset than football.

Steve O’Brien said that your dad’s greatest attribute was his ability to assess talent and place the right athlete in the right event. He was involved in the track and field program for 30 years. He was the head coach for 26 of those years.

During those 26 years, he elevated Columbus to the premier track and field program in Dade County.  The Explorers won 11 district championships.  They also won 2 GMAC titles, one regional and twice finished runner up in the state meet.  Along the way, he coached hundreds and hundreds of young men and made every one of them better.