Shaw’s Farrier Selected to NCAA’s Coaches Academy

By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: October 21, 2004

Fred Farrier

Shaw offensive coordinator Fred Farrier was selected to participate in the NCAAs Coaches Academy. The NCAA administers the NCAA Coaches Academy with support from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Black Coaches Association (BCA) and the National Football League (NFL). The academy is designed to address the lack of ethnic minorities in the football coaching ranks. He was one of 20 applicants selected, which were selected from all conferences across the nation.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to this prestigious program”, said Farrier.In this business, the ultimate goal is to become a head coach at a Division I-A program.”

The objectives of the academy are to: to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure head coaching positions; to increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in head coaching at the intercollegiate level; to motivate assistant coaches and coordinators to pursue careers as head coaches at the Division I-A level; to introduce ethnic minority coaches to senior-level coaches and administrators through a mentoring program; to raise public awareness of the existing talent pool of ethnic minority coaches; and to promote the coaching profession to student-athletes, graduate assistants and others.

Farrier, 32, is in his first season as offensive coordinator Prior to coming to Shaw he was the wide receiver coach and the recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Tech University. He joined the Tech coaching staff shortly before the 2001 season to work with the team’s receivers and had a huge impact on the record-setting success of the Golden Eagle passing game for two seasons. In his three seasons at Tech, Farrier helped the Golden Eagle offense establish 29 school records with standout receivers such as Derek Lee, Antonio Carter, Anton Thomison, Tedarrell Scott and Stevland Sills. During his tenure at Tech, receivers posted nine 100-yard games.

Farrier’s coaching career began at Michigan State, where he served two seasons as a graduate assistant coach. He coached the wide receivers in 1998 and 1999 under head coach Nick Saban, now head coach of the 2004 co-National Champions LSU Tigers. While at Michigan State he worked with current NFL standout Plaxico Burris.

Fred moved to Saginaw Valley State University after the 1999 season to become recruiting coordinator and to coach the receivers.

Farrier’s knowledge of the game is also well documented, including two published articles in Coach & Athletic Director magazine. Blocking With A Purpose was published in September 2002 and Winning At The Line Of Scrimmage: 5 Steps To Beating Press Coverage was published in April 2003. Farrier was again published in the Black Coaches Association Journal in January of 2004. The article was titled, Professional Development: 10 Steps To Develop Better Coaches.

During his collegiate playing career, Farrier earned two letters as a wide receiver at the College of the Holy Cross. The Crusaders posted an 11-0 mark in 1991, while garnering the ECAC Team of the Year Award and sporting a 20-game winning streak from 1990-91. Farrier also played basketball for two seasons and received his bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting in 1994.