The ceremony, which takes place at the Asiaf Field House at 4 p.m., will recognize all that Frizzell did for the Warriors during a 28-year career that included 724 wins and a national championship.
By Jim Fenton, The Enterprise
The end of an era arrived last May 13 for the Massasoit Community College baseball program.
A 5-2 loss to Quinsigamond Community College in the Region 21 tournament in Haverhill marked the conclusion of the long and distinguished coaching career of Tom Frizzell with the Warriors.
After going 724-360 with a national championship in 28 years, Frizzell retired as the Massasoit coach, a position he had held since 1991.
Next week, the school and his former players are going to recognize Frizzell for all that he accomplished, including five trips to the World Series and eight Region 21 titles.
Massasoit will have a “Tom Frizzell Day″ on Thursday, Sept. 13 with a ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. at the Asiaf Field House. Past players and coaches plus members of the school’s administration will offer words of praise for Frizzell, and the public is invited to attend.
“We want to honor him for all of his commitment to the college,″ said athletics director Julie Mulvey. “We just want to recognize all that he’s done for so many student-athletes and for the game of baseball in this region.
“We are going to have people speak about his impact on the team and the players.
He will be missed.″
Frizzell, who is still a business professor at Massasoit, retired from his coaching position at the age of 68. The Warriors hired Kraig Kupiec, a Fall River native and former head coach at Newbury College, to coach the program.
The highlight of Frizzell’s career was winning the National Junior College Athletic Association title in Tennessee in 1993, just his third year as the head coach. Two pitchers from that team, Jeff Davis (Texas Rangers) and Jimmy Mann of Holbrook (Toronto Blue Jays) were drafted.
The Warriors went 34-8, including 4-0 in the World Series, and defeated Potomac State, 8-3, for the title.
Frizzell, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 1977 when he paralyzed from the waist down after a portion of a wall at the Davis School where he was teaching collapsed, has plenty of memories from his coaching career.
“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to coach the kids that have come through this program,″ said Frizzell last spring. “It puts a smile on my face when we’re playing at home and there are former players there with their kids just to say, ‘Hi, coach.’
“We’ve been fortunate. We’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost. But I take a lot of pride in the kids who went on to get their four-year degrees, that own their own businesses, that have good jobs, that are raising families.
“I like to think a lot of our bus rides, the trips to Florida, gave me the opportunity to get to know my players and point them in the right direction and I’d like to think I succeeded in that a lot more than I failed.″
Frizzell, who coached 30 All-America players, joined the Massasoit staff as an assistant to Billy Mitchell in 1988. He was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Massasoit Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.