Bill Frieder

William Samuel Frieder (born March 3, 1942) is a former basketball coach at Michigan (1981–1989) and Arizona State (1989–1997). Frieder's 1985–86 team was the last Michigan team to win a Big Ten Championship until the 2011–12 team.

Bill Frieder
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Frieder (right) with Johnny Orr, 1976
Biographical details
Born (1942-03-03) March 3, 1942 (age 78)
Alma materMichigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1980Michigan (assistant)
1989–1997Arizona State
Head coaching record
Tournaments8–6 (NCAA Division I)
8–5 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
NIT (1984)
2 Big Ten regular season (1985, 1986)
AP Coach of the Year (1985)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1985)

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.

Frieder resigned from Arizona State in 1997 following a point-shaving scandal which affected the program in 1994.[1]


Frieder is a 1964 graduate of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

During the 1990s, Frieder and Lute Olson, then coach of the Arizona Wildcats, participated in a series of television commercials together for Bank One.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1980–1989)
1980–81 Michigan 19–11 8–10 7th NIT Quarterfinal
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 Division I Second Round
1985–86 Michigan 28–5 14–4 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
1986–87 Michigan 20–12 10–8 5th NCAA Division I Second Round
1987–88 Michigan 26–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1988–89 Michigan 24–7 12–6 3rd see note below
Michigan: 188–90 102–64
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1989–1997)
1989–90 Arizona State 15–16 6–12 T–7th NIT First Round
1990–91 Arizona State 20–10 10–8 T–3rd NCAA Division I Second Round
1991–92 Arizona State 19–14 9–9 T–5th NIT Second Round
1992–93 Arizona State 18–10 11–7 T–3rd NIT First Round
1993–94 Arizona State 15–13 10–8 T–4th NIT First Round
1994–95 Arizona State 24–9* 12–6 3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1995–96 Arizona State 11–16 6–12 8th
1996–97 Arizona State 10–20 2–16 10th
Arizona State: 130–107** 66–78
Total: 318–197***

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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 * 2 NCAA Tournament wins and 1 NCAA Tournament loss were later vacated ** Record at Arizona State includes vacated games *** Final record includes vacated games


  • Cummings, D. L. (1995). "Frieder Looks on Sunny Side at Arizona State." New York Daily News. March 22.
  • (1997). "Frieder Resigns at Arizona State." The 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)