A former collegiate point guard at Illinois, Chester Frazier is in his second season at Kansas State as an assistant coach to former coach Bruce Weber.
In his first season as an assistant coach in 2012-13, Frazier played a major role in one of the best seasons in K-State history, as the Wildcats posted a 27-8 overall record and a 14-4 mark in league play en route to their first-ever Big 12 regular-season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. It was the 20th league championship in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.
Working primarily with the guards, Frazier helped K-State pace the Big 12 in four statistical categories, including scoring defense (60.4 ppg.), turnover margin (+2.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), while placing in the league's Top 5 in assists (15.9, 2nd), 3-point field goals (6.8, 3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (36.2, 3rd) and steals (7.1, 4th). The team also set school single-season records in both assists (557) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4). Three Wildcats - Rodney McGruder (first team), Angel Rodriguez (second team) and Shane Southwell (honorable mention) - were named to the Coaches' All-Big 12 Team. It marked just the third time in school history that three players appeared on an all-conference team in the same season. A member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, Rodriguez tallied the second-most assists (173) in a single season in school history, while he recorded the fifth-best assist-to-turnover (2.22) ratio. He ranked among the Big 12's Top 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (second), assists (third), free throw percentage (third) and steals (fourth).
Frazier was also instrumental in the Wildcats' seven-man 2013 recruiting class, including the signing of transfers Brandon Bolden (Georgetown) and Justin Edwards (Maine) and freshmen Nigel Johnson and Jevon Thomas.
Frazier came to K-State after playing professionally in Germany, first for Goettingen (2009-10) and then for S. Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg Basketball Club (2011-12). As the starting point guard for head coach John Patrick, he helped Wuerzburg to a 20-14 record and trip to the semifinals of the German Bundesliga playoffs. He averaged 7.7 points on 37.7 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.4 minutes per game. He ranked first on the team in assists, while he was second in steals and fourth in both minutes and rebounds. He helped Goettingen to the 2010 EuroChallenge title, averaging 20.4 minutes in 31 games. He averaged 5.9 points on 50.6 percent shooting with 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. In helping Goettingen to the EuroChallenge title, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
Prior to his stint in Germany, Frazier served as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for Weber at Illinois from 2010-11. He helped the Fighting Illini to a 20-win season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11. He resigned midway through his second year to resume his playing career in Germany. Frazier was a four-year lettermen and two-time captain for the Fighting Illini from 2005-09, playing all four seasons for Weber. Known for being a hard-nose point guard, he helped Illinois to 89 wins, including three 20-win seasons, and three trips to the NCAA Tournament during his career. He played 125 games with 88 starts in his career, averaging 4.9 points on 35.9 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. He still ranks seventh at Illinois in career assists (484) and ninth in career assists per game (3.9 apg.), while he is just outside the Top 10 in minutes played (3,566).
As a senior, Frazier led Illinois to 24 wins and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008-09. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors and was selected as the team's most valuable player. He led the Big Ten in assists (5.3 apg.) and held a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior. He also averaged 5.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and was one of the best rebounding point guards nationally, averaging 4.8 per game. He was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team as a sophomore in 2006-07 after averaging 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per game.
Frazier prepped at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School in Baltimore, Md., for head coach Herman Harried, where he earned first team All-Baltimore City/County honors and second team All-Metro accolades by the Baltimore Sun as a senior after averaging 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in 2003-04. He helped lead Lake Clifton-Eastern to a 19-5 record as a senior and a final ranking of 10th by the Baltimore Sun. He also played for the Cecil-Kirk AAU program, where he was coached by former Wildcat Ronald Lucas (1992-94).
Frazier also spent one postgraduate year at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass., averaging 16 points and seven assists in 2004-05, playing for head coach Bill Barton (current assistant coach at Pittsburgh). He was a second team All-Prep selection by Scout.com and a Top 50 Prep player by Hoop Scoop.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Frazier, 27, earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Illinois in 2009. He also took courses towards a master's degree in educational policy studies from Illinois.
Frazier and his wife, Sarah, were married in July 2012.