Calhoun to Name Baseball-Softball Complex in Honor of Former Coach Fred Frickie
Dedication event to be held April 12; Names of former players needed
Fred Frickie served as head baseball coach at Calhoun Community College for over 27 years and during his tenure, coached a number of successful teams. Frickie’s influence on the lives of young people on and off the field was significant and his contributions to Calhoun and the local community noteworthy. To recognize these contributions, the college will name the Calhoun baseball and softball complex in his honor during a ceremony in April.
Frickie worked with Calhoun’s baseball program from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. Among his accomplishments during his tenure are the following:
- Won 669 games, 25th on the all-time national junior college list at the time of his retirement;
- Named Region 22 Coach of the Year 6 times;
- Won the Alabama/Junior/Community College State Tournament 6 times in 20 trips;
- Member of the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame, the Alabama Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame.
Additionally, Frickie was responsible for the building of two ball fields on Calhoun’s Decatur campus with minimum resources and the assistance of the National Guard. During his career at Calhoun, Frickie coached a number of players who went on to the national ranks, including retired players Jorge Posada and Gary Redus.
“Fred Frickie’s contributions in the form of many years of selfless dedication and personal effort have provided important and enduring benefits to this institution and our community,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck. “It is only fitting that Calhoun’s baseball and softball park be named after someone whose name is synonymous with Calhoun Community College athletics and the college’s mission,” Beck added.
A free, invitation-only event to officially dedicate the complex in Frickie’s honor is planned for Saturday, April 12, 2014. The College is currently seeking the names and current addresses of all of Frickie's former players. If you were a player, family member, or fan and wish to be invited to this event, please click on the link at the top left and complete and submit the information form.