Bill Frieder

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Frieder (right) with Johnny Orr, 1976

Bill Frieder (born March 3, 1942) is a former basketball coach at the University of Michigan (1981–1989) and Arizona State University (1989–1997). Frieder's 1985–86 team was the last Michigan team to win a Big Ten Championship until the 2011–12 team. Just before the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Frieder announced that he would leave Michigan for Arizona State at the end of the season. Michigan athletic director Bo Schembechler ordered Frieder to leave immediately, and named top assistant Steve Fisher as the interim coach for the tournament. Schembechler famously announced, "A Michigan man will coach Michigan, not an Arizona State man." The Wolverines went on to win the tournament and Fisher was officially given the head coaching job. Michigan credits the 1988–89 team's regular season to Frieder and the NCAA tournament to Fisher.

Personal[edit]

Frieder is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

During the 1990s, Frieder and Lute Olson, then coach of the University of Arizona men's basketball team, participated in a series of television commercials together for Bank One.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Michigan (Big Ten Conference) (1980–1989)
1980–81 Michigan 19–11 8–10 7th NIT Quarterfinals
1981–82 Michigan 7–20 7–11 T-7th
1982–83 Michigan 15–13 7–11 9th
1983–84 Michigan 23–10 11–7 4th NIT Champion
1984–85 Michigan 26–4 16–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1985–86 Michigan 28–5 14–4 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1986–87 Michigan 20–12 10–8 5th NCAA 2nd Round
1987–88 Michigan 26–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1988–89 Michigan 24–7 12–6 3rd see note below
Michigan: 188–90 102–64
Arizona State (Pacific-10 Conference) (1989–1997)
1989–90 Arizona State 15–16 6–12 T-7th NIT 1st Round
1990–91 Arizona State 20–10 10–8 T-3rd NCAA 2nd Round
1991–92 Arizona State 19–14 9–9 T-5th NIT 2nd Round
1992–93 Arizona State 18–10 11–7 T-3rd NIT 1st Round
1993–94 Arizona State 15–13 10–8 T-4th NIT 1st Round
1994–95 Arizona State 24–9 12–6 3rd NCAA Sweet 16
1995–96 Arizona State 11–16 6–12 8th
1996–97 Arizona State 10–20 2–16 10th
Arizona State: 132–108 66–78
Total: 320–198

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Frieder was fired prior to coaching in the 1989 NCAA Tournament

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cummings, D. L. (1995). "Frieder Looks on Sunny Side at Arizona State." New York Daily News. March 22.
  • (1997). "Frieder Resigns at Arizona State." New York Times. September 11.
  • (1988) "Basket Case – The Frenetic Life of Michigan Coach Bill Frieder" by Bill Frieder with Jeff Mortimer
  • ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia (2009)

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