LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A South Laurel Middle School volleyball coach had the surprise of a lifetime Thursday night after presenting awards to her eighth grade girl’s volleyball team.
Makenzie Prichard, 23, of London had just handed out the last award of the night and was getting ready for the last match of the evening when she was called back out onto the court.
“I really didn’t know what was going on,” Prichard said. “I was actually pretty nervous. I didn’t know what to expect.”
That’s when Prichard’s boyfriend of nine months, Michael Frederick, 25, stepped out onto the court, got down on one knee and shared one of the happiest moments of his life with the unsuspecting audience.
“I’d been planning to propose for the last couple months,” Frederick said.
The happy couple says they had been friends for nine years. They met at North Laurel High School; Prichard played basketball and Frederick helped out with the boy’s team.
“It was love at first sight for him,” Prichard said of their first-time meeting. “It was more like friends at first sight for me.”
They became close friends during school but as time went on, Prichard and Frederick were temporarily forced to go their separate ways. Prichard went to Eastern Kentucky University and Frederick went to the University of Kentucky. The two managed to always stay in touch.
“No matter how long we went without talking, we could always pick right back up where we had left off,” Prichard said. “He’s my best friend.”
According to Prichard, that friendship then began to transform into something more.
“I always turned to him,” Prichard said. “No matter what was going on in our lives, he was always there for me. That’s what made me realize I was in love with him.”
Prichard and Frederick are planning to have their wedding on Oct. 31, 2015.