Sean Frazier was named as Northern Illinois University's new athletic director today.
NIU's president, Douglas Baker, described Frazier as "the best athletic director candidate in the country," adding "someone I am convinced will do great things with us.”
Frazier spent the last six years at the University of Wisconsin, serving most recently as their Deputy Director of Athletics. Overall, Frazier has 22 years of experience, including an administrative career as a coach.
“The fit, for me, was perfect,” Frazier said. “When I look at Northern Illinois University and Huskie Athletics, I see a community that reflects who I am as an administrator. Entering the process, I saw a lot of similarities between what is needed to take that next step at NIU, and what I have been able to bring to some of the jobs I’ve held previously."
Northern Illinois' football team is coming of their best season, making a run for the Orange Bowl where they met up with Florida State University. The Huskies were the first MAC team to ever compete in a BCS bowl.
Frazier also played four years of college football at the University of Alabama from 1987-91, making him a member of the 1989 SEC Championship team.
“I believe my background make me uniquely qualified for this position, and my experience as a seasoned decision-maker will benefit NIU,” Frazier said. “I’m excited to work with President Baker and very thankful to him and to the search committee for their confidence in selecting me to lead Northern Illinois Athletics.”
Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left NIU to become the athletic director at East Carolina.