Morley Fraser used his influence as a popular NCAA Division III football and baseball coach to impact hundreds of athletes with the gospel. He was the FCA faculty sponsor at Albion College for 20 years and served a three-year term as president of FCA Michigan.
During his college career at Washburn University, Fraser joined the Navy and served as a captain during World War II. Upon return, he completed his education and began coaching football at Newberry (MI) High School where he was named the 1949 Upper Peninsula Coach of the Year and won the 1951 state title.
After a two-year stint at Lansing Eastern High School, Fraser earned a Masters of Art from Michigan State University and took the head coaching position at Albion College. From 1954 to 1964, he led the program to five Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships and was named 1964 state and regional small college Coach of the Year. He also won three MIAA titles while coaching the Albion baseball team from 1967 to 1972.
Along with his athletic duties, Fraser served as Albion’s director of continuing education and was an assistant to the president. His distinguished civic involvement included a two-year term as athletic director for the state of Michigan’s Kiwanis International chapter and time spent as the chairman for the Boy Scouts district advancement committee.
After retiring from his coaching career, Fraser became a popular motivational speaker at youth groups, churches, educational groups, professional meetings, commencements, sports clinics, camps, and civic events. A member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Fraser was also a frequent guest minister at NFL and Major League Baseball chapel services.