On April 22, 2017, Blue Ridge School honored retired Athletic Director Carl Frye at the dedication of the School’s new baseball field on the School’s lower campus. The field is part of the second phase of the Baron Athletic Complex.
Following a history of Carl's tenure at Blue Ridge by Headmaster Trip Darrin, Carl addressed the attendees who included alumni, former colleagues, family and friends. Carl was accompanied to the pitcher's mound by Captain Huntley Hacker '17 where he threw the first pitch to Amon Johnson '20.
Carl was hired in 1969 and retired in 2012. In 1971, Blue Ridge built its first baseball field and Carl became the coach of that first team. In 1989, he was named Virginia Prep League Coach of the Year and in 1990 he took over as the School’s Athletic Director. Under his tenure as AD, the School made significant improvements to the athletic facilities. In 2014 he was named Faculty Emeritus.
Following his retirement in 2012, the School embarked on the Baron Athletic Complex campaign which raised $2.7 million and includes an artificial turf field, state-of-the-art track, two new soccer fields, a golf driving range and updates to the baseball field.
For photos of the dedication, click here.