Coach Bob Fraley

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Bob Fraley, one of the top track and field coaches in America, faced a critical career decision. After twenty-three years at Fresno State, the school was eliminating track and field. Fraley's response? He'd work for free to save it from the chopping block.

Bob's track program was spared. But not everyone was happy or impressed. Some coaches thought Bob made them look bad. He shouldn't coach for free! Others sent Bob money. He just put it into the training.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Bob Fraley loved coaching track, and he got paid for it. But it wasn't about the money. And the notoriety embarrassed him. He was committed to his school and to his athletes. So his integrity and his passion now coach the rest of us—in the high calling of our daily work.

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

(Matt. 5:5)

Originally published in 2003.