Frey named 3A Coach of the Year
The Sabetha Bluejay baseball team claimed the 3A State Baseball title on Friday, May 25, after defeating Hays-TMP 10-5 at the 3A State Championship Tournament in Manhattan. The team finished their second season with a record of 22-3. Even though the team’s motto was “We Greater Than Me,” the Head Coach Aaron Frey has been honored by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches for his role in the team’s success.
In only the second year of Bluejay baseball, Frey helped set a strong foundation when he led the team to their first ever state baseball title.
Sabetha High School Athletic Director Scott Burger said Frey deserves this award and was the perfect person to take over the program two years ago.
“Aaron is very deserving of this award,” he said. “While we’ve only had him on our coaching staff for two years, he has spent his entire career acquiring a vast knowledge base at Andover Central. He was the perfect person to step into the high school program because he’s not only well qualified but is also a Sabetha alumni and is familiar with the community. His work ethic and dedication to his program is exceptional and his love for the kids is evident.”
Assistant Baseball Coach Garrett Michael agreed, saying Frey is well deserving of this award because of his coaching style.
“It means a great deal for Sabetha Baseball to be put on the map so quickly,” he said. “Aaron coaches baseball how it is supposed to be played, he coaches the little things which wins games for us and is consistent in the fundamentals he teaches. Aaron deserves the coach of the year because he has learned, taken chances and stayed with his philosophy even when it might have been easier to change. His integrity, work ethic and coaching abilities are second to none.”
Michael continued, saying he is excited to have Frey back in Sabetha.
“Having Aaron bring his family back to Sabetha after 18 years (or so) means the world to me because we coached together here in 1997-1999 and we have the same beliefs,” he said.
Burger said that when a Sabetha coach or athlete is awarded for their accomplishments, everyone is excited.
“We’ve had so many teams, athletes and coaches recognized for their accomplishments that each time it happens, our entire community and Sabetha school district celebrates with them,” he said. “It’s nice that Aaron was selected by his peers for this award as he is a very humble person.”