Make the Big Time Where You Are
by Frosty Westering
You’ve probably never heard of Frosty Westering. For the last 48 years he’s been winning football games in the shadows of obscurity. Lots of them. His name is in the record books alongside Eddie Robinson, Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Tom Osborne as the only collegiate coaches to win at least 250 games.
For the past 28 years Frosty’s been the head football coach at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. During those 28 years his teams have compiled a 233-58-5 record, appeared in eight title games and won four national championships. Last year he led the Lutes to their first NCAA Division III title.
You won’t see Frosty Westering on SportsCenter. His team won’t be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Sparks Stadium, where the Lutes play their home games, seats just 4500 fans and is owned by the Puyallup School District.
Despite coaching in a spotlight the equivalent of a keychain flashlight, you won’t find a more dedicated coach anywhere in America.
Not long ago, Frosty authored the book, “Make The Big Time Where You Are.” In it he describes eating at a Waffle House. He ordered his eggs over-easy, his toast golden brown and his bacon crisp. When his food arrived, it came exactly how he ordered it. Frosty was so impressed by this attention to detail that he tipped not only the waitress, but the cook too, who accepted the money almost in disbelief.
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