Chattanooga Softball Icon Jim Frost Dies

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Chattanooga softball icon Jim Frost died Thursday morning after battling COVID-19.

Frost is most known for building the Chattanooga Mocs home softball stadium, which is named in his honor. Frost also spearheaded team sponsorships and created one of Chattanooga’s great club softball teams — the Frost Falcons. Mocs softball coach Frank Reed says it’s a tremendous loss for the softball community.

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Said Freed:”It’s unmatched what he’s done. I can remember back in the day when I just had a little team with my daughter playing and his daughters playing and we became friends. Even taking it to another level with sponsoring teams, so anybody and everybody knows about Jim Frost and what he’s done. His legacy is you know unparalleled to a lot of things that people have done here at Chattanooga softball.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.