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Drexel Dragons – Former Athletic Trainer, Wrestling Coach Douglas Frey Passes Away at 87

CRYSTAL LAKE, Pa. – Former Drexel athletic trainer and wrestling coach Douglas Frey (HOF ’95) passed away at the age of 87 this month on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.
While serving as the chief of physical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center for over 30 years, Doug also worked at Drexel University, serving on the athletic training staff for 35 years and as head trainer for 32 years. No trainer at Drexel has served the department longer.
Doug was the Drexel head wrestling coach for 10 years including a nine-year stretch from 1959-68 and again for one year in 1974-75. He compiled an impressive record of 114-23. His teams were undefeated on two different occasions and none of his teams ever had a losing record. His squads won three Middle Six Wrestling Championships.
He was inducted into the Drexel University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen “Betsy” Frey; their four children, daughter, Kate Frey, of Collegeville, Pa., daughter, Karolyn and husband Emil Everett, of East Hampton, N.Y., daughter, Kristin and husband, Tom Peters, of McLean, Va., and son, Jeffrey and wife, Kimberly Frey, of Lancaster, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan and Matthew Frey, Kara, Reece, Dana and Shea Peters, and Colton, Dylan and Hayden Everett; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Doug was preceded in death by his twin brother, Donald Frey, who passed a month earlier on Nov 6, 2018; his brother, Paul and wife, Gladys Frey; sister, Joan Dunker; and brother, Jack Frey.
Born in Easton, Pa. in Jan. 22, 1931, Doug developed a love of wrestling that greatly shaped his life. He attended Newton High School and was a two-time New Jersey state wrestling championship, a runner-up his sophomore year, competed at the 1948 AAU championships and qualified for the final Olympic team trials.
Doug and his twin brother, Donald, were recruited to Penn State University where they played a significant role in the Nittany Lions’ 1953 undefeated and national championship season.
Following his graduation with a B.S. in physical education in 1954, Doug entered the United States Air Force. He married his high school sweetheart, Betsy, a year later. He rose to the rank of captain before completing his Air Force service in 1957. He then went on to graduate from the School of Physical Therapy at Penn.
Doug suffered from Alzheimer’s and in lieu of flowers, the family asks to please consider contributions in his memory to the annual Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser co-chaired by his daughter Kate at

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home (55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, Pa.). A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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