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Andy Fryman
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: (704) 406-3861
Email: jfryman@gardner-webb.edu
Coach Fryman Biography
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
Release: 09/13/2009

Andy Fryman enters his third season as an assistant coach after spending one year as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State University. Fryman works exclusively with the throwers.

In 2010-11, Coach Fryman saw redshirt-senior Christoph Hutschalik qualify for the NCAA East Regionals Meet and freshman Carson Sears be named the 2011 Big South Freshman of the Year for the outdoor track & field season.

Sears also went on to post a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw event with a mark of 65.46 meters at the 2011 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in late June, earning him Junior All-American recognition.  His fifth-place finish is the highest finish by a Gardner-Webb student-athlete at the USA Junior Nationals event.

Hutschalik set the weight throw school record during the indoor season with a mark of 19.27 meters and reset his GWU school record in the hammer throw event during the outdoor season with a mark of 61.08 meters (200'3.94) to qualify for the NCAA East Regionals Meet.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Ashlei Alexander set two school record marks as well in the 2010 indoor season, posting a distance of 13.41 meters in the shot put and a mark of 16.19 meters in the weight throw event.  During the outdoor season Alexander set the GWU record in the women's shot put event with a mark of 13.88 meters.

Hutschalik, who was a Big South Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week in January, was also one of three throwers along with Travis Rogers and Alexander to earn all-conference honors during the indoor track & field season.  Hutschalik took first-place overall in the hammer throw event with a school record mark of 19.27 meters, while Alexander placed first overall in the women's shot put event with a school record mark of 13.41 meters.

During the 2011 outdoor season, Alexander, Hutschalik and freshman Carson Sears all earned all-conference honors for GWU, as Alexander took first-place in the shot put (13.88 meters) and second-place overall in the women's hammer throw event (49.97 meters).  Hutschalik went on to take first-place in the hammer throw event (60.81 meters), while Sears earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish in both the hammer throw event (57.39 meters) and the discus throw event  (46.60 meters).

Besides the all-conference recognition, a slew of other throwers on both the men's and women's side posted personal best marks and top-10 finishes throughout the year, bolstering the success that the Runnin' Bulldogs have had in the throwing events over the past several seasons.

In his first season at GWU in 2009-10, Fryman helped to establish not only success, but also consistency for both the men and women's throwers throughout both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. 

In 2009-10, the throwers for Gardner-Webb University set three new GWU school records, had one individual qualify and compete at the 2010 NCAA East Regionals meet, had two earn all-conference honors and a handful of other student-athletes set new personal best marks.

Redshirt-junior Christoph Hutschalik broke his own school record in the men's hammer throw event, turning in a distance  of 59.05 meters (193'9") during the outdoor season.  Hutschalik, who competed at the 2010 NCAA East Regionals meet, earned all-conference honors during the indoor track & field season with a third-place finish in the men's weight throw event, turning in a school record mark of 17.80 meters (58'04.75").

On the women's side, freshman thrower Ashlei Alexander picked up all-conference honors with a second-place finish in the women's shot put event at the indoor conference championship meet, while senior Brieanna Thompson finished out her career on a high note, breaking the GWU school record in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 51.25 meters (168'2") at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

In his short stint at Sam Houston State, Fryman coached two young men to a conference championship record, two individual conference titles, two school records, two NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championship qualifiers, and two USA Outdoor National Championship qualifiers.

Under Fryman's guidance, Jonny Tipton threw a school record of 196'6" in the discus and won first-place in the Southland Conference and NCAA Midwest Region, before qualifying for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas and finishing ninth at the 2009 USA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  At the same time, Fryman helped Chris Cralle on his way to a school record of 215'0" in the hammer and a Southland Conference win with a conference record performance of 209'10".  Cralle also advanced to the 2009 Outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships after finishing in fifth-place in the Midwest Region and receiving an automatic bid.  Although, Cralle's performance in the hammer qualified him for the 2009 USA Outdoor National Championships, he decided not to partake in the event.  Fryman also coached Kim Olison to a bronze medal in the hammer throw at the Southland Conference championships.

Fryman, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, competed in the hammer, discus, shot put and weight throw during his collegiate career with the Wildcats.

Upon finishing his eligibility, Fryman held the school record in the weight throw.  He was a two-time all American (discus/hammer), five-time all Mideast Region (shot put/discus/hammer), all southeastern conference (shot put) and a Southeastern Conference Champion (shot put).  Fryman also qualified for the Indoor NCAA Division 1 National Championships (2008) and the Outdoor NCAA Division 1 National Championships (2005, 2006, 2008).

Currently, Fryman is still training and competing in the hammer throw and recently competed in the 2011 USA Outdoor National Championships, recording an eighth-place finish in the hammer throw event with a mark of 70.90 meters. 

At the 2010 USA Outdoor National Championships, Fryman took 15-place in the event at Des Moines, Iowa.

Fryman is married to the former Melody Vaught.  The couple resides in Shelby, N.C. and recently added a new addition to the family, as Caleb Andrew Fryman was born on June 12, 2011.

 



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