Frederick returns to UNC staff
Roy Williams has chosen a former North Carolina player to be his next director of basketball operations.
UNC announced Monday that Brad Frederick, who played for the Tar Heels from 1996-99 and was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for the past 14 years, will replace the retiring Joe Holladay.
Holladay spent the past 20 seasons under Williams at Kansas and UNC, including 16 as an assistant and the past four as the director of basketball operations.
“He was a security blanket for me in good times and bad,” Williams said in a statement. “I knew I could always count on seeing his smile no matter the situation. It will be a huge challenge for us to replace all that Joe did for our program and the university.”
Frederick played in 70 games during his three seasons, one under Dean Smith and two under Bill Guthridge. He won the Athletic Director’s Scholar-Athlete award twice, and he served as an assistant coach under Phil Ford for the junior varsity program as a senior.
He started his coaching career at Vanderbilt and was the longest-tenured assistant in the Southeastern Conference before returning to Chapel Hill.
Frederick is the son of former Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick, who was in charge when Williams coached the Jayhawks.
“I’ve known Brad for 25 years,” Williams said. “He’s been like a part of my family going back to our years in Lawrence. The fact that he played at and graduated from Carolina makes it an easy decision to add him to our staff.
“He knows he has big shoes to fill, but I am confident our players, coaches and staff will truly enjoy working with him. We are excited to have him back in Chapel Hill.”
After a long period of stability, this is the second staff change for Williams in the past two seasons. In March 2012, former UNC star Hubert Davis was tabbed to replace Williams’ longtime assistant Jerod Haase, who became the head coach at Alabama-Birmingham.