Standout football and baseball player Patrick Frey will transfer from Trinity to McGuffey and start at his new school Wednesday morning, his father, Patrick Sr., confirmed Monday afternoon.
“He is transferring … for agriculture and turf management,” Patrick Frey Sr. said.
Trinity does not offer a vocational agriculture program.
The younger Frey (5-10, 195) totaled 940 yards and 10 touchdowns on 172 carries for Trinity’s football team last fall, eclipsing 100 yards five times.
A three-year starter at Trinity, he was an Observer-Reporter Elite 11 selection and led Trinity to a 5-5 record, 5-3 in the Class AAA Big Nine Conference. The Hillers lost to Montour, 27-6, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Patrick Frey Sr. said that the transfer was made to enroll his son in McGuffey’s agricultural education program, and he expected no resistance as a result.
Asked whether Trinity would dispute the transfer – and possibly create a situation where the WPIAL Board of Control would step in – Trinity principal Donald Snoke had no comment and referred questions to district Superintendent Dr. Paul Kasunich. Efforts to reach Kasunich last night were unsuccessful.
Trinity football coach Ryan Coyle also did not return a call seeking comment.
“I didn’t expect to have any of that,” Frey Sr. said about resistance to his son’s transfer. “(Because of) the reason of him going.”
McGuffey principal Mark Bonus was out of the office yesterday and unavailable for comment. Ed Dalton, McGuffey’s athletic director and football coach, said he was unaware of any potential transfer.
Dalton coached Frey in his freshman and sophomore seasons when he was the head football coach at Trinity.
The younger Frey could share the Highlanders’ backfield with fellow Elite 11 selection James Duchi, who rushed for 1,514 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
As a sophomore, Frey missed part of the season after suffering a broken tibia, a broken fibula and having a metal rod inserted into his leg.
Asked whether his son, who also plays baseball, would go out for the football team at McGuffey, Patrick Frey Sr. responded, “I’m not going to hold him back from anything that he wants to do.”