Jay S. Frye
Sport(s): Baseball, Basketball (Men's)
Growing up one block from the campus, Jay Frye knew all about DePauw sports. He prepared as a standout three-sport athlete at Greencastle High School. He was named to the All-Western Indiana Conference basketball, baseball and football teams in 1968, as well as all sectional, regional and semi-state teams in basketball, and all state in football and baseball. At DePauw he won three varsity letters in basketball and four in baseball. In addition to being named Most Competitive Player twice by DePauw and once by the Indiana Collegiate Conference, Frye earned all-conference honors while also being named the shortest starting guard (5’7”) in the nation both junior and senior years. In baseball he was a three-time all-conference player and was named to the first team at second base his junior and senior years. In 1972 he was named to Outstanding College Athletes of America, leading the ICC in batting average, slugging percentage, stolen bases and RBIs. He majored in zoology at DePauw and went on to a post-graduate degree in physical therapy from Ohio State in 1974. He took up golf and became a scratch player, competing at the top levels in amateur events around the country, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Golf Association. With a private practice in physical therapy and sports medicine in Fort Wayne, Ind., Frye worked with high school, college and professional athletes. He was a physical therapist with the United States Ski Team at the World Ski Championships in 1998. Frye is an entrepreneur with business interests ranging from assisted living centers to Krispy Kreme Donut franchises and he has been owner of the Fort Wayne Fury professional basketball team in the Continental Basketball Association since 1991. He also served as director of the CBA Executive Committee, was the head of the NBA-CBA Relations Committee, and was interim commissioner in 1996. Recently moved to Sarasota, Fla, Frye and his wife, Cheryl, have three children. He estimates he has recruited well over 100 students to his alma mater.