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Ta' Frias
Position: Head Women's Track & Field Coach
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Alma Mater: North Carolina
Graduating Year: 1998
Phone: 540-568-6544
Email: friastb@jmu.edu
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Ta' Frias (pronounced Tah FREE us) joined the Dukes' program as head track and field coach in December 2009.

In 2012, in just her third season at JMU, Frias was selected the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year by a vote of the league's head track and field coaches. 

Frias earned the CAA honor after guiding the Dukes to their first conference title in May 2012.  JMU captured individual titles in six different events (high jump, long jump, 100 meters, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters) en route to winning the CAA crown.

In addition to winning the CAA team title, the 2011-12 JMU team tied for eighth place at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.  That tied for the second-best ECAC indoor finish in school history and the program's best performance at the ECAC meet since placing third in 1998.

Frias came to JMU after nine years of coaching experience as an assistant men's and women's track and field coach at Stephen F. Austin (Texas) from 2001-08 and at Richmond from 1998-00.

At Stephen F. Austin Frias coached 13 Southland Conference champions and 77 all-conference performers.  Her athletes set 25 school records and won four NCAA all-region honors.  She coached four NCAA national qualifiers, one USA Olympic Trials qualifier and one Team USA athlete who competed in the 2006 Under-23 North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Games.

While Frias was coaching at Stephen F. Austin, the SFA women's team won Southland Conference Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and the men's team won the SLC indoor team title in 2005.

Frias is a 1998 graduate of North Carolina, where, competing as Ta' Bingham, she was a three-time All Atlantic Coast Conference selection in the heptathlon.  She was a member of eight ACC champion teams.

She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and is USA Track and Field Level II certified in the sprints and jumps.

A native of Richmond, Va., Frias was inducted into the Collegiate High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Richmond in October 2008 and was honored in 2009 by the University of North Carolina Track and Field Hall of Fame.
 
She is married to Jaime Frias and has two children, Azari and Jaime Dhani.


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