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Frazier named region 8-AAAA coach of the year

— Add one more big moment to the 2011 football season for Heritage High School.

Head coach Chad Frazier was named Region 8-AAAA coach of the year, Heritage defensive line coach Chris Pack confirmed Tuesday. Frazier, in his fifth season at the Conyers school, led the Patriots to the first region championship (split with Clarke Central and Flowery Branch) in the program's history, as well as a No. 1 seed and a first-round victory over Rome.

"It’s certainly exciting. We got some very strong football programs in our region, some high-quality coaches that have been successful for years," said Frazier. "It was nice, it felt good that my peers recognized the work we had done."

The Patriots, who finished the season 10-2, were eliminated in the second round by Ware County. But before 2011, Heritage hadn't had much success historically and the team went 12-18 in Frazier's first three seasons. In 2010, the Patriots won seven games and reached the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, and this year's team began 7-0 and was rewarded with the first state ranking in school history.

"For the history of Heritage and where we started and where we got to this season, I don’t know the words," said Frazier. "I just appreciated everybody, all the work from the kids, the assistant coaches, the support of our administration. It takes everybody. There’s so much stuff that goes on it certainly takes a lot.