Jan. 20, 2013
Former Miami head coach Ron
Fraser passes away
Ron Fraser, longtime Miami head coach who won a
pair of national championships with the Hurricanes, passed away
on Jan. 20 at the age of 79 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Fraser led Miami for 30 years (1973-92), posting
a record of 1,271-438-9 and winning the College World Series in
1982 and 1985. He took the Hurricanes to Omaha 12 times and
never had a losing season in his 30 years at Miami. More than
100 of Fraser’s pupils played professional baseball. Fraser was
named National Coach of the Year four times and managed the 1992
Along with his coaching duties, Fraser also
marketed Miami baseball with innovative promotions.
A native of New Jersey, Fraser attended Florida
State and is a member of the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame. He was
inducted not for his accomplishments for the Seminoles, but for
his success as a head coach at Miami. Fraser’s No. 1 was
officially retired on April 24, 1993, at Mark Light Field. He is
a member of 10 Halls of Fame and was in the inaugural class of
the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fane in 2006.
Miami announced the creation of the Ron Fraser
Wizard Fund to honor the coach with a bronze statue to be placed
at Alex Rodriguez Park.
(photos courtesy of HurricaneSports.com)