New UCF football coach Scott Frost has pledged to turn the Knights back into winners by bringing world-class speed to Orlando and revamping the team’s moribund offense.
Some may have doubts about Frost’s ability to mold UCF into Oregon East, but if nothing else, Frost knows world-class talent when he sees it. After all, he grew up with an Olympian in his own house.
Frost’s mother, Carol, represented the United States at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Then known as Carol Moseke, the 23-year-old was the first woman from Nebraska to make the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the discus throw. A gold medalist in the event at the 1967 Pan Am Games, Moseke placed 14th with a top throw of 48.28 meters.
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Following the Olympics, Moseke returned to Nebraska and married Larry Frost, a former Nebraska football player, and from 1977-80, Carol Frost coached the Huskers’ women’s track and field team. Later, she got out of coaching track to coach football alongside her husband and eventually coached Scott during his days as a star at Wood River High School.
"She started as an assistant coach for my father, I think, in 1981 in O’Neill, Nebraska, and coached for 30 years," Scott Frost, the former Oregon offensive coordinator, said Tuesday on the Jim Rome Show. "I got it from both sides when I went home.
"It was fun," Frost continued. "They’re great people and great coaches. I learned a lot from them. I don’t think it would have worked unless both of them were really talented and the kids respected them and knew that they had their interests at heart. They’re both great people and great mentors, and it was easy when you had those type of people in those roles."
Carol Frost’s days as an athlete did not end when she got into coaching, however. In fact, she’s still competing and setting records to this day.
In August, Frost competed in the shot put, discus and javelin at the World Masters Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France, her first international competition since ’68. There, the 70-year-old Frost took first place in the 70-74 women’s age group in both the discus (26.86 meters) and javelin (25.58 meters). She also finished second in her age group in the shot put with a distance of 10.12 meters.
Previously, Frost set American records in all three events in the 65-69 age group, and in June of this year, Frost set a 70-74 world record in the javelin with a throw of 91 feet, 5 inches (27.86 meters). That might not help her son build UCF into a national power, but getting that kind of inspiration from his mom certainly can’t hurt.
"The minute I got to 70, I knew that was going to be the best chance to break a record," Frost told Omaha.com in August. "At our age it kind of depends on what God has to say about your health. I’ve always tried to stay in shape, to keep running and lifting and hope that helps my throwing. If you don’t keep in shape, then trying to do something like this gets more difficult."