Editor's Note: The release below is courtesy of the Albion College Sports Information Office.
Albion, Mich. - Scott Frew, who coached the Albion College tennis teams from 2001-2011 and was a former head coach at Ferris State University, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Kalamazoo.
"Coach Frew was a great member of the Albion College athletic department," Athletic Director Matt Arend said. "He loved Albion College and his student-athletes. There is no question that knowing and working with Coach Frew made us all better people."
Frew, who will recognized at the College's Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday will be formally inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, guided the women's squad to six Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and five trips to NCAA postseason competition. The 2006 team provided Scott with one of his top awards as he was selected the Central Region's Coach of the Year by his peers. Under his direction, the women's team members included two MIAA Most Valuable Players, 16 All-MIAA first-team honorees, and two Sue Little Sportsmanship Award winners.
"When I think of Albion College, one of the first people that pops into my mind is Coach Frew," recalled Katie Tornga Grostic, '06, a four-year all-MIAA first team performer under Frew's guidance. "To me, he was a mentor, friend, coach, and dad away from home. He motivated me to always try my hardest when I was out on the tennis court, and when I was representing Albion. I truly believe that he brought the Albion College tennis program to a whole new level because of his dedication and love for the sport."
Frew coached the men's squad to a historic season in 2007 as Albion's 17 wins, including a victory over Kalamazoo in a non-league contest, were enough for the team to achieve its only berth in NCAA postseason play. Jason Ryan received the MIAA's Allen B. Stowe Award for sportsmanship, and Neil Forster gained recognition as the league's MVP and earned the Lawrence Green Award for academic performance during Frew's tenure.
"Coach Frew took the strong base of talent he inherited upon his arrival and built it into a complete program," said Albion men's golf coach Jordan Rich, '03, who was a men's tennis letter winner on teams coached by Frew. "The enhanced competitive atmosphere and conditioning program he implemented in his first days on campus paid off with numerous MIAA titles for the women's squad and continued improvement with the men's team. He was a fierce competitor and instilled a work ethic in his team members not only to succeed on the tennis court, but in the classroom as well. He took great pride in having an academically high-achieving roster. The footprint Coach Frew established will be felt on campus for many years to come."
Frew also served as head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams, head tennis professional, and co-director of the school's tennis camps Ferris State University from 1986 to 1991. He coached a Bulldogs' men's doubles team to a NCAA Division II national championship in 1989 and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association Midwest Men's Coach of the Year in 1991. During Frew's tenure, FSU's varsity teams consistently placed among the top 15 teams in the NCAA Division II national rankings.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Scott's memory may be given to the ALS Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Greater Kalamazoo County YMCA or the Albion College Athletic Department.