Dennis T. Fryzel '64

Dennis T. Fryzel

Denny Fryzel, 67, of Duluth, Ga., entered the Chapter Eternal July 6, 2009.  He had been an assistant football coach at Columbia and Williams colleges before joining the staff at the University of Tampa in 1972 and was named head coach in 1973.  The university dropped the football program after the 1973 season, although his teams had a 14-8 record for two seasons. 

He then became a coaching assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a season before moving back to college, first at Syracuse and then the Air Force Academy.  As defensive coordinator at The Ohio State University under coach Earle Bruce, Denny formed a close and enduring friendship with then-defensive backs coach, Nick Saban. They both left OSU in 1981.

Denny then got out of coaching while Saban went on to coach the Miami Dolphins, at LSU and Alabama -- stops where Denny frequently was seen on the sidelines during games.  Although his new business career in the Atlanta area was to eventually lead him into data communications, Denny never really left football; employees and customers always called him "Coach."

He became a successful businessman and also worked in commercial construction sales where he partnered with the leading building contractor in the Southeast, Jamco.  His final career was as president of ADCom, for 15 years, where he led the telecommunications company into becoming a successful national solutions provider.

All honor to his name.

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