On Friday, September 25, 2015 Briarcrest Christian School Alumni Association honored Athletic Hall of Fame inductees during half time. The Briarcrest Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize the various coaches, administrators, athletes, and friends who have contributed to the overall outstanding nature of the BCS athletic program. This year’s recipients are:
Mrs. Julie Rose Knowles ’98 was a Varsity Girls Basketball (point guard) and Soccer (forward) player starting in 8th grade at Briarcrest and was a four year starter in both sports in high school. She was the school all-time assist leader in basketball and her team went 33-0 her senior year winning Briarcrest’s first State Championship in girls basketball. She was selected to play in the All-Star game for the State of Tennessee in both basketball and soccer in 1998. Julie received Best of the Preps, All Region, All Metro, All Tournament and Super Five awards throughout her career. She was a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, and named AA player of the year in 1997and 1998. In addition, she won the Female Athlete of the Year for private schools in 1998. Julie earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Auburn University and a Masters in Education from Arkansas State University. She and her husband Mike have 2 daughters attending Briarcrest, Addyson age 5 and Georgia age 3. The Knowles attend Hope Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Brent Frayser ’05 was actively involved with the football, basketball and baseball programs throughout his high school years. He served as equipment manager, statistician and coaches’ assistant under Hugh Freeze for football, Brian Stewart and Allen Pavette for baseball and John Harrington for basketball. Brent was a part of two football state championships in 2002 and 2004. He attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration. He currently works at Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Mississippi. He serves as the athletics assistant and sports information director and also coaches baseball and football for Northpoint. “My favorite Briarcrest Athletics memories are winning the football State Championship over ECS my senior year and Coach Freeze’s pre game speeches right before kickoff on Friday nights. GO SAINTS!!!!”
Mr. Michael Oher ’05 is a member of the 2005 graduating class. Michael joined the Briarcrest football team his junior year. In his senior year, he took over as the starting left tackle and quickly became one of the top prospects in the nation. He was a multi-talented athlete for the Saints being named state runner-up in the discus and helping lead the basketball team to a 26-6 record which resulted in the district championship. He still holds the discus record in track & field. Michael went on to Ole Miss where he was a 4 year starter beginning his career at guard, then moving to left tackle his sophomore year. He ended his career with the Rebels with the third best active consecutive starting streak (47 games) among SEC players. He was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC choice as a senior in 2008 when he won the SEC’s Jacobs Award given to the conference’s top offensive lineman.
Upon completing his collegiate career Michael was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL Draft. He went on to spend 5 seasons with the Ravens and was a starter on the winning 2013 Super Bowl team. In 2014 Michael signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent and started the first 11 games of the season as right tackle before being placed on the injury reserve. This past March, Michael was signed by the Carolina Panthers where he remains on the roster as a 6’4, 315 lb. tackle. Michael was the subject of the best seller “The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis, which was made into a major motion picture in 2009. He also authored the book “I Beat the Odds” published in 2011.
Athletic Hall of Fame Service Award
Dr. Don Carson served as President of Briarcrest Golden Saints Booster Club for several years in the 1980s and was instrumental in starting the first Golden Saints newsletter. He was innovative in ways to raise financial support for athletics and after 1 year donations quadrupled, taking Briarcrest Golden Saints to a new level financially. Dr. Carson’s sons Chris, class of 1985 and Todd class of 1987 are Briarcrest graduates. Dr. Carson graduated from the University of Kentucky and went on to earn a PH.D in Diplomacy. After receiving his PH.D., He held numerous positions at the University of Memphis over 30 years. These include Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Affairs, adjunct Professor of Political Science and Interim Athletic Director. Dr. Carson was awarded the Martin Luther King Human Rights Award in 1990 and was the commencement speaker in 2002.In 1989 he founded the Regional Memphis in May Student affairs Conference and has served as Leader since its inception.