Paul Frye (center) with Briar Woods and former Liberty AD Jerry Carter (left) and retired Fauquier High AD Allen Creasy at the state convention last week. Mr. Carter won the award in 2009-10 and Mr. Creasy won it in 2010-11.
Kettle Run High School’s Paul Frye last week received the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s 3A/4A Athletic Administrator of the Year Award.
Mr. Frye has served as Kettle Run’s activities director since the school opened in 2008.
He began his career as an elementary school physical education teacher and ninth-grade boys’ basketball coach in Bealeton in 1992. A year later, Mr. Frye joined the staff at Liberty High School, where he taught and coached basketball, golf, tennis and baseball.
In 1996, he became a seasonal athletic director at LHS and then became the assistant director of student activities, a full-time position, in 2005.
In 2008, he helped open Kettle Run as its first director of student activities. Mr. Frye has since directed numerous district and regional events and has held various leadership positions in his district, region and on the board of directors of the VIAAA.
He earned CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator) status in 2014. Under his leadership, Kettle Run has earned the Virginia High School League “Stay in the Game” award three times for no player or coach ejections in an academic year.
“He is, in my estimation, the most hardworking and well-rounded athletic administrator that you will ever encounter,” said Fauquier Assistant Superintendent Major Warner, Kettle Run’s former principal. “He fights for resources to help those who are in the most need, even if it means going into his own pocket, and he has never let a kid’s circumstances be a barrier to participation.”
Kettle Run Principal Meaghan Brill added: “His expectations of our students are high. While he appreciates athleticism, he places a far greater emphasis on ensuring that our students understand the value of hard work and doing what is right. His interactions help them understand what is required to navigate through the journey of life.”
Mr. Frye earned his bachelor’s degree from Radford University and his master’s from George Mason University.
Mr. Frye and his wife Sarah, the county’s career technical education director, have been together since their days as Fauquier High School students. Married 20 years, they have three children, Jackson, 14; Noah, 12, and Gabrielle, 9.
Mr. Frye received the AD of the Year Award during the state association’s 47th annual conference April 2-5 in Norfolk.