Frei was raised
in Eugene, Oregon, where his father, Jerry, was a fixture on the University of Oregon football staff and the Ducks' head
coach for five seasons. When Jerry Frei moved to the NFL as the Denver Broncos' offensive line coach, beginning what
would turn out to be a 30-year stay in pro football as a coach, scout and administrator, Terry moved to Colorado
at age 17. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver area and has degrees in history and journalism
from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
He's in his second stint at the Post
and previously was sports columnist at the Oregonian in Portland before spending two enjoyable years at
The Sporting News, where his cover stories included pieces on Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Richard Dent, Charles
Haley, Thurman Thomas, and Shaquille O'Neal. He also was an ESPN.com hockey columnist on a freelance
basis for eight years.
Frei's non-fiction books
are Playing Piano in a Brothel (2010), '77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age (2008), Third Down and a War to Go (2007), and Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming (2002). The Witch's Season (2009) is a roman a clef work based on his observations and experiences as the son of a college football
coach in a tumultuous time on one of the nation's cauldron campuses.
Terry's next book, a return to sports history and non-fiction,
will be March 1939: Before the Madness, again from Taylor Trade. He also periodically is working on a young
adult novel, projected to be the first book in a series, and also is helping Patrick Ireland, survivor of gruesome wounds in the Columbine High tragedy, with
his memoirs. That book tentatively is titled Columbine's Boy in the Window.
Frei is a frequent event speaker,
including at veterans-oriented functions. He has delivered the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture in honor of the World
War II pilot and longtime Congressman; spoken at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin State Historical Society,
and even at Lambeau Field; and was a keynote speaker at the World War II Glider Conference in 2010, when he appeared
with many surviving heroes, including Lt. Col. Jim Megellas, the most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne.
Terry and his wife, Helen, live in Denver.
Terry has four siblings: David Frei of New York, the Westminster Kennel Club's
director of communications, long-time WKC Dog Show and National Dog Show television broadcaster and a fellow author;
Judy Kaplan of Centennial, Colorado, a Spanish and English-as-a-second-language teacher and community volunteer; Susan Frei Earley of Tulsa, a noted former ballerina with the Colorado Ballet and other companies, and now a company executive
with the renowned Tulsa Ballet, which performs around the world; and Nancy
McCormick of the Chicago law firm Barlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar and Scott.