West Stokes women’s head basketball coach, Nick Frye, has officially resigned his post with the Lady Wildcats that he had held for the past two seasons.
“It was a very difficult decision for me and my family,” stated Frye. “I prayed about it and waited for enough time after the season was over to make sure I wasn’t making a hasty decision. My heart just wasn’t in it anymore because it was at home with my two boys. I was missing so much and that was ultimately the reason I stepped away.”
Frye headed up the JV program four seasons ago and then moved to the varsity as an assistant when the numbers weren’t there for a JV team.
“That has hurt the program over the years,” commented Frye. “Hopefully in the next year or two we will be able to have a JV team. We had seven freshmen that played this year and next year’s group will be a good group of girls that will make the program stronger. It’s in line to have a lot of success in the future.”
The Lady Wildcats finished 5-18 this past season, but grew as a team.
“Sometimes wins and losses aren’t the most important thing to take away from a basketball game,” Frye said. “After the game, the scoreboard is turned off and life goes on. I hope that the girls take away the life lessons that basketball or any sport can bring them. The daily challenges will be there and playing the game can relate on how to deal with life’s battles. What I’ll miss most about the team is the interaction on more of a spiritual and life level.”
Sarah Stone was the only senior this season, and according to Frye, the girls could learn from her leadership skills.
“Sarah was a great senior and always a positive person.”
West Stokes athletic director, Chris Manley said he hated to lose such a good man and experienced coach.
“We respect his decision and appreciate the foundation he laid in his two years. We’re going to work hard to find the best available person out there for this program.”
Frye plans to continue his work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has showed some interest in getting involved with the Young Life ministry at West Stokes. He hasn’t ruled out coaching again in the future, but for right now his time is with his wife, Elizabeth and their sons Jack and Max.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.