Former Cougar inducted into Chadron State Hall of Fame

Former Cougar inducted into Chadron State Hall of Fame

    When Otis Frazier played for the Cougars in the late 1990s, he helped the Cougars to the national championship.
    But it was what Frazier did after his two years at WNCC that has spearheaded the former Cougar into an individual that succeeds with anything he does.
    Frazier came back to the Panhandle to be inducted into the Chadron State College Hall of Fame. While in the Panhandle, Frazier made a trip to see his old stomping grounds of WNCC.
    Frazier said it is an honor to be inducted into the CSC Hall of Fame.
    "To be in the Hall of Fame is a special humbling moment in a athlete's life," he said. "No one thinks of the HOF during their playing time, but when you get the call, you are speechless and humbled. It's a great honor to receive with only playing one season at Chadron State. I think it's been a few since a basketball player has been inducted at Chadron."
    Frazier played for the Cougars from 1995-97, helping them to a 32-5 and Region IX title in 1997. After WNCC, Frazier signed with Butler University and played one season with the Bears. Frazier than returned to the Panhandle and played a season with Chadron State.
    :While at WNCC, Frazier scored a career 676 points and shot 55 percent for his career. He also pulled down 290 rebounds and had 86 steals.
    Frazier's only season at Chadron State was 1999-2000, when the Eagles were 19-8. He averaged 23.2 points and 8.2 rebounds, both second in the RMAC and also set the CSC record and led the conference in steals with 73.
    Frazier will always have deep memories of the Panhandle, and to come back to Chadron and see the new basketball gym is special.
    "To come back home and see the new facility and old facility as well as seeing the up rising and new players and old friends and classmates and mentors was great," he said. "The best moment of it all was to share the experience with my wife and three kids Otis3, Keenya, and Malik Frazier. My two other kids Alexis and Aliyah missed the event sadly. "
    During his trip to the Panhandle, he visited his dorm parents Joe and Kathy Gentry and made a visit to Cougar Palace.
    "For me to come back through the panhandle after being gone about three years and seeing the change at Cougar Palace, and Chadron State was great," he said. "It gave me the presence of mind and honor to say I assisted in starting this run of glory for the two programs. It was great to see memories of past coaches, teachers, and especially my Host family (Kathy and Joe Gentry). They  were a special part of my life growing up in Scottsbluff.. I've carried my relationship with them for 22 years now and still call them mom and dad."
    Frazier remember plenty of games during his playing days at WNCC and Chadron State.
    "Games I remember the most at WNCC was playing in Las Vegas during the New Year Tourney in 1997 and the Championship game when we beat North Platte," he said. "At Chadron, I remember beating Metro State, the 3-time defending champs. That  was a huge game. Also, playing Kearney at Chadron and putting up 46 points "
    After his basketball playing days was finished, Frazier still stayed competitive, playing semi-pro football with the Nebraska Storm that played at the football fields in Mitchell, Scottsbluff, and Gering.
    Frazier was a star in both sports at Lew Wallace High School and it showed. He was a high school coach in football until this past season in Arizona and he also coaches a team.
    Frazier said both sports go hand-in-hand with each other to him.
    "Basketball to Football was easy," he said. "It was something that I have always been doing.. I have been playing sports since I was 8 years old.
    "I've been playing both sports and just finishing up football last season, and I can finally say I'm done with football. I'm coaching AAU basketball and high school basketball and my sons 10 and 8 year old basketball teams."
    After his college playing days, and before he moved to Arizona because of his job, Frazier had many jobs in the Panhandle. It was his job with BNSF that gave him the most honor with a number of safety awards and employee recognition awards. It was through them that he got promoted to Arizona.
    "The Panhandle has been special for me and it will always be home because my first three older kids were born their," he said. "I spent many years in Gering, Scottsbluff, and Chadron. You kinda can say I did my adult lifehood there. I was working first at Applebees, then with Scotts Bluff County as a Detention officer, Scottsbluff youth Shelter, Aurora Loan Services, Cirrus House INC. and finally BNSF Railway. The Railroad job promoted me to RoadMaster and my move to Phoenix came about."
    Frazier is currently working for the Maricopa County Sheriff Office as an Officer."