“I’ve known Brad for 25 years,” says Williams. “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.”
Frederick began his coaching career in 2000 in Nashville, Tenn., at Vanderbilt when Kevin Stallings became the Commodores’ head coach and has remained on Stallings’ staff for the past 14 seasons. In 2012-13, Frederick had the longest tenure of any assistant coach in the Southeastern Conference.
Vanderbilt reached the NCAA Tournament six times, including five of the last seven years, and made two trips to the Sweet 16. In 2012, the Commodores won the SEC Tournament, the school’s first SEC title in 60 years. He helped coach three SEC Players of the Year and NBA players Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor.
“I am both thrilled and honored to be returning to the Carolina basketball program and UNC community,” says Frederick. “The opportunity to work for Roy Williams, a Hall of Fame coach, and his excellent staff is something I have always wanted to do. My family is excited to be in Chapel Hill and I am anxious to get started.
“I also want to thank Coach Kevin Stallings and everyone associated with the Vanderbilt basketball program for all they have done for me. I had a wonderful 14 years in Nashville and will always cherish my time there.”