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"Coach just wants us to become a
student-athlete, to be a good player
on the court and carry that success off
the court. He always tries to
understand what we're going through
as humans," said Mills. "He's like a
Frieder knows that winning
involves more than what happens on
the court, and hopes his players draw
thie same conclusion.
"I know that what Bill Frieder
teaches is the right thing. On the
court, I want the guys to give 100
percent and prepare for the future. Off
the court, I want the players to take
advantage of Michigan and do the
right things socially," Frieder said.
Frieder gives himself nine more
seasons of wearing his trademark
white towel and carrying his intensity
onto the basketball court.
"I guess I'll just become another
Hard work puts Frieder
a basket above the rest
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His teams have won back-to-back
Big Ten championships. In 1986, the
Associated Press named him National
Coach-of-the-Year. Over a two-year
span, his team recorded 63 victories
in 73 games.
But still, Michigan coach Bill
Frieder is stigmatized by his inability
to guide a team into the NCAA Final
"Fans only identify with success
during the post season," said
basketball guru Dick Vitale. "Bill
Frieder needs to get the monkey off
his back and advance to the Final
Four. He has to eliminate the stigma
of not being able to reach the gold
during tourney time.
"If he could break that barrier,
people would realize this guy knows
Learning the game has not come
easily for Frieder. He spent nine
seasons coaching at the high school
level and seven years assisting
Johnny Orr at Michigan before being
given his own college team. Even
though he could have "made it to the
show" earlier by taking a job at a
smaller school, Frieder always knew
he wanted to coach at Michigan.
"I haven't walked into anything.
Nothing has been handed to me. I
like the fact that I've earned
everything I've got," Frieder said.
"I'm just a down-to-earth guy who
likes what I'm doing and works hard
Hard work has helped Frieder recruit
top talent and sustain a successful
Division I basketball program.
"Bill is a tireless worker. It is his
greatest quality and it has really paid
off for him," commented Athletic
Director Bo Schembechler.
Other Big Ten coaches feel
Frieder's work ethic forces them to
put more effort into what they do,
just to stay on even terms.
"If you get involved recruiting the
same player, you'd better be re-
lentless or he'll run you out," said
Purdue coach Gene Keady. "While the
game the following week against fill-
"With all that he had going on, he
worried about comp. tickets," said
Murray. "He could have checked after
the game or the next day. But he
didn't. That captures just the way
To Frieder, overlooking even the
smallest detail can lead to failure.
I won't leave any stone unturned,
or leave anything to chance. I want
things to go like clockwork," Frieder
said. "There are so many things you
need to know for every special
situation. It's like a golfer who goes
with all of his tools. He just can't
survive if he goes with a couple of
woods and a few irons."
Junior center Terry Mills feels
Frieder's devotion to basketball
makes him a "great" coach. In Mills'
eyes, Frieder "is a tireless coach who
eats, sleeps, and dreams basketball
while never getting tired."
. What people don't see about Frieder
is the way he cares about his players
and those around him, according to
those who know him well. People
never hear about the human side of
Bill Frieder; the open-door policy he
has with his players.
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'I'm just a down-to-earth
guy who likes what I'm
doing and works hard at
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rest of us are playing golf, he's just
working. Calls, calls, letters, and
more letters. Just to think about the
work Bill does is tiring."
Although Frieder claims to have
slowed down with age, the people
who work with him every day still
run for cover when Frieder comes
flying around a corner.
"Bill is a basket case. Frenetic
Frieder," said Michigan Assistant
Sports Information Director Mike
Murray. "The most amazing thing to
me is that Bill says he has slowed
down so much. He still worries about
things other coaches don't even
Murray recalled an incident two
seasons ago when the Wolverines
were on their way to a preseason
game against Memphis State. Frieder
had been frantically trying to get his
hands on tape of the Tigers, so he
could work out Michigan's game
plan, but had been unable to do so.
While on the bus to the arena,
Frieder suddenly turned around and
asked the players if they had obtained
their complimentary tickets for a
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