Friday, August 16, 2019

Lainie Fritz to leave KPRC 2

After three years, KPRC 2 sports reporter Lainie Fritz announces departure from the station

Friday night, KPRC 2 sports reporter Lainie Fritz announced she is leaving the station.

Thank you Houston! This Sunday will be my last day at KPRC and while I’m excited about what’s next in my journey, this goodbye is very bittersweet.

These 3 years are filled with so many amazing memories...from the Super Bowl, to the Astros winning the World Series, and the Cougars making history in the NCAA tournament to name a few.

I have truly enjoyed every step of the way. Even covering the tough times like Hurricane Harvey I cherish, because it showed me the heart of this city. Houston is my favorite place in the world and it’s not because of the great sports, incredible food or warm weather. It’s because of the people. I believe that no where else in the country has such down to earth, genuine, good hearted people who love to have fun like the people here. The culture is simply unmatched.

No matter where I go from here, Houston will always have my heart and feel like home. Thankful the Lord allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passion here and be inspired by so many of you on a daily basis. Thank you to everyone who has supported and believed in me.

Please stay in touch as I keep you posted on what’s next for me!

Fritz joined KPRC in March of 2016. During her time at channel 2, she garnered a lot of national attention. Fritz was featured in a profile by NBC Sports and written about in some online outlets.

Before Houston, the Huntsville, TX native was the main sports anchor/reporter at WCBD Charleston, South Carolina.

The Sam Houston State University grad got her start in broadcasting while in college working for the Bearkat Sports Network and 101.7 KSAM. She interned at KPRC.

Speaking of SHSU, as I have written before, Fritz was a member of the Orange Pride spirit team which won the national championships during her sophomore year. According to the April 17, 2012 edition of the Houstonian, it was the the third time the team won.

If the name "Fritz" sounds familiar, it's because Lainie's father is Willie Fritz, the Tulane University head coach since 2016. According to the university, "Coach Willie Fritz has already made an immediate impact, providing the program with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and a winning culture that has the Green Wave poised to make the 2019 season a year to remember."

Fritz was also the head football coach at Sam Houston State University from 2010 to 2013. He previously coached at Blinn College in the 1990s.

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