May 8, 2024

Umatilla High School Athletic Association Presents $100,000 to Athletic Department

1.9 min read| Published On: May 8th, 2024|

By Kyle Coppola

Umatilla High School Athletic Association Presents $100,000 to Athletic Department

1.9 min read| Published On: May 8th, 2024|

The Umatilla High School Athletic Association (UHSAA) was very proud and excited to present a check for $100,000 to the Umatilla High School Athletic Department last evening. The school has been working very hard in recent years to improve the athletics at the school along with the academics and this is just another step in the right direction.

(From Left to Right, Co-athletic directors Deta Brunson and Patrick Todd along with principal Brent Fraizer)

In attendance to recieve the check was co-athletic directors Deta Brunson and Patrick Todd along with principal Brent Fraizer of Umatilla High School. “I just want to thank everyone for their support, community support and all the hard work put in by the Executive Board and all committees, members, coaches, student athletes and players involved with Bulldog Night, Folf Ball Drop and the Golf Tournament!” said Principal Brent Fraizer.

“The partnership between Umatilla High School and the UHS Athletics Association has been incredible. The success of our athletic programs and the Athletic Association is a direct result of shared common mission centered on creating mountain top experiences for our students. The Umatilla community embraces the school in so many ways and the success of the Athletic Association is evidence of that tremendous support. We are so very greatful! Truly it is a testament of what can be done when everyone is laser focused on sutudent success.” says Athletic Director Patrick Todd.

The enormous gift to the program will continue to help elevate Umatilla High School who continue to make capital improvements to the school facilities and athletic complexes. New locker rooms, paint, football goal posts, baseball bullpens, and other small enhancements have aided in Umatilla High having among it’s best athletics season in school history. All athletics programs are on the rise at Umatilla High and we have not seen this type of excitment both academically and athletically in the community in decades.

(The 2024 Umatilla Baseball team could have a movie written about it. There are so many story lines all leading to one of the biggest payoffs in Lake County history. Winning a district championship against a powerhouse program like Montverde Academy was an incredible step for this program.)

That is due to the changes made at the program by Principal Brent Fraizer, who has continued to amaze every year. The Cambridge AICE program at the school is thriving, so are students graduating with college credits and some with college degrees something that was a very rare just a few years ago. The opportunities for students have never been better at Umatilla High.

The Umatilla High SChool Athletic Association is the booster club for Umatilla High School. They are a Nonprofit organization. They are always looking for support. If you would like to get involved you can email

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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