Bill 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. 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.
Freider resigned from Arizona State in 1997 following a point-shaving scandal which affected the program in 1994. Source
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 Arizona Wildcats, participated in a series of television commercials together for Bank One.
Head coaching record
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." 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)