athletic field to the board room, success seems to have
followed Dan Frasier.
Dan graduated from South Side High School
in 1960, where he played football, basketball and baseball
for four years. His coaches, Dave Nichol and Bill Watt, did
a great job in preparing Dan for his collegiate playing
experience at Geneva College from 1960 through 1964, where
Dan earned All-West Penn Conference honors as a Quarterback
and Defensive End and was chosen captain of the football
team in 1963. Dan was also a starting catcher for the Geneva
baseball team from 1963 through 1964, earning All-Conference
honors. Following his graduation from Geneva in 1964, Dan
signed a professional baseball contract with the Houston
Colt .45s (now the Houston Astros).
In 1966, Dan joined the Geneva College
staff as Assistant Professor of Physical/Safety Education
and as Assistant Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach. In
1969, Dan was promoted to Head Football Coach with the goal
of restoring a winning football program, given that Geneva
had won only one game in the previous three years and had a
7-45-3 record over a seven-year period.
In 1971, Dan's Golden Tornadoes
established Geneva's first consecutive victories in a
decade, beating Frostburg State and Slippery Rock in their
opening games. Geneva continued to roll to seven straight
wins, their longest streak since 1930 with an overall season
record of 7 wins and 2 losses. The 1971 Tornadoes
established all-time records in total points (264), average
points per game (28.5), total offense (3,358 yards), and
rushing offense (2,447 yards). Nationally, Geneva ranked 9th
in rushing offense, 15th in total offense, and 24th in
rushing defense. In 1971, Dan deservedly received the NAIA
District 18 and the National Area VIII "Coach of the Year"
awards in football.
In addition to football, Dan successfully
guided the Golden Tornado baseball team through six
consecutive winning seasons which included winning a
conference championship in 1968. Dan has also served as a
basketball official as a member of the Beaver Valley
Basketball Officials Association and the Pennsylvania
Interscholastic Athletic Association.
In 1971, Dan began a career in business
management as human resources manager at Union National Bank
of Pittsburgh. Dan retired in 2006 as Director of Corporate
Human Resources at Matthews International Corporation, a
Pittsburgh based company, where he spent most of his
business career. Dan and his wife, Elaine, reside in
Oakdale, PA, and have a daughter Emily.