Hail to the Chief! Miami Carol City Park Renamed After Walt Frazier

The City of Miami Gardens recently renamed Miami Carol City Park after longtime high school coach Walt Frazier. From 1983 to 2007, Frazier’s Miami Carol City Chiefs were one of the premier high school programs in Florida and in the nation, winning 3 state titles and 4 appearances in the FHSAA state finals. Many of his biggest victories came at the Orange Bowl during the state playoffs. Over the years, Frazier racked up 212 career victories.

A former offensive lineman and graduate of Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach during the mid 1960s, Frazier originally began his coaching career at Miami Northwestern High School, where he was head coach from 1975 to 1977. He also had stints as an assistant coach at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School and Bethune Cookman. He would find a permanent home at Carol City.

Frazier’s Carol City teams reflected his personality. They were physically tough and played old fashioned smash-mouth football. The Chiefs rarely threw the ball and their defenses refused to give an inch. Frazier was known for wearing his trademark train engineer’s hat on the sidelines as a tribute to his father who was a railroad worker. Hundreds of his former players went on to play college football, including former NFL receiver Santana Moss and rapper Rick Ross, whose real name is William Roberts and was an All Dade County offensive lineman. In 2007, he was named by the FHSAA as one of the 12 greatest coaches in Florida history. Among his former players include:

Kevin Simon (Class of 1985)
James Speer (Class of 1986)
Godfrey Myles (Class of 1987)
Tim Paulk (Class of 1987)
Delfonico Speer (Class of 1988)
Rudy Barber (Class of 1989)
Cedric Bembery (Class of 1989)
Aubrey Hill (Class of 1990)
Kantroy Barber (Class of 1991)
Edward West (Class of 1991)
Ricky Perry (Class of 1992)
Freeman Brown (Class of 1993)
Teako Brown (Class of 1994)
Donald Heaven (Class of 1996)
Santana Moss (Class of 1997)
Bradley Jennings (Class of 1997)
Delvin Brown (Class of 1997)
Ethenic Sands (Class of 1998)
Stanford Samuel (Class of 1998)
O.J. Jackson (Class of 1998)
Moses Washington (Class of 1998)
Willie Jones Jr. (Class of 2001)
Glenn Sharpe (Class of 2002)
Eric Moncur (Class of 2003)
Willie Williams (Class of 2004)
Kenny Phillips (Class of 2005)
Ricky Jean Francois (Class of 2005)

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