Tulane Women’s Basketball’s Alan Frey Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Frey will be entering his 14th season with the Green Wave in 2019-20
NEW ORLEANS – Headed into his 14th season with the Green Wave women’s basketball team, Alan Frey has been promoted to Associate Head Coach as announced by head coach Lisa Stockton on Thursday.
Frey – a New Orleans native who has been with the Green Wave since 2006-07 – is the second-longest-tenured coach at Tulane in any sport, just behind Stockton and her 25 completed seasons. He is also the fourth-longest-tenured employee in the Tulane athletic department.
“Alan has played an important role in the success of our program over the last 13 seasons,” Stockton said. “I am grateful for his hard work and commitment to Tulane and the New Orleans community.”
“I want to thank Lisa Stockton for her belief in me and for the opportunity to continue working at Tulane in an expanded role,” Frey said. “I would also like to thank Athletic Director Troy Dannen and Deputy Athletics Director Mónica Lebrón for their support of me personally and our program. I truly appreciate Lisa’s mentorship and guidance throughout my career. I’m proud to be a small part of a basketball program with such a tremendous tradition of success and a university that is truly one of a kind. I believe that we are uniquely positioned to do great things with our women’s basketball program. I am just so grateful to be able to work with Lisa, this staff and these exceptional student-athletes every day.”
During his 13 full years with the women’s basketball program, Frey has helped the Green Wave to a 268-154 record as well as two conference regular-season titles and nine postseason appearances.
Working primarily with the post players, Frey has made his mark with on-court success as well as tremendous recruiting efforts. Several players have come to the program from his former Kenner Angels AAU team including Tiffany Aidoo (2007), Olivia Grayson (2010), Kolby Morgan (2015) and Kaila Anderson (2018).
Five of Tulane’s top-10 shot blocking seasons have come during Frey’s time with the team, and six of the top 10 shot blockers in program history have been with the Green Wave during Frey’s tenure. Included in that category is Brett Benzio, who became one of just three players in Tulane men’s or women’s basketball history with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She still ranks second all-time in team history with 229 blocks.
Before his time with the Green Wave, Frey was an assistant coach with the Loyola-New Orleans men’s basketball team for two seasons. Before that, he was an AAU coach with the Kenner Angels for 15 years. He took the Angels to 13 final fours and five national championships in the 1990s and early 2000s, and he was named the 1997 AAU National Coach of the Year.
Also known for his charitable work off the court, Frey was the President of the New Orleans’ Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals in 2005 as well as the President of the Louisiana Chapter of Community Health Charities in 2005-06. He was the executive director of the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from 2000-06.
The 2019-20 season is just over six months away for the Green Wave. The team will return nine players from last season’s roster including rising junior Krystal Freeman who was named to Second Team All-Conference the league’s Most Improved Player last season. Dynah Jones, a member of the All-Freshman team last year, will be back as well.
Tulane will return 79 percent of its scoring, 75 percent of its rebounding and 86 percent of its assists from 2017-18.
Tulane is also adding three new freshmen to the roster in Salma Bates (New Orleans), Anijah Grant (Orlando, Florida) and Irina Parau (Romania). Also getting her first taste of playing time this season will be Dene Mimms, who redshirted as true freshman last year. The program recently announced the addition of ULM transfer Arsula Grant, who was named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference last year.
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