Fairfield University names Joe Frager Head Women's Basketball Coach
Veteran coach led Southern Connecticut to 2007
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Fairfield University Director of Athletics Eugene P. Doris announced that Joe Frager has been named the head coach of the women's basketball program. The announcement was made at a press conference this morning at the John A. Barone Campus Center on the University's campus.
"I am very excited to welcome Joe to the Fairfield University family as our women's basketball coach," Doris said. "His love of the game, his commitment, and his experience make him a perfect fit for our basketball program. He has been successful at each stop of his career, winning national titles and state championships. His dedication to the complete student-athlete, those that will be successful in the classroom and on the basketball court, mirrors the philosophies of Fairfield University."
Frager comes to Fairfield after leading Southern Connecticut to the 2007 Division II National title. The national title caps off a successful run of four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the last three, in five years. In those appearances he has posted a 10-3 record, with at least one win in each of his tournament appearances.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to coach at such a celebrated institution such as Fairfield University," said Frager. "I am looking forward to returning the women's basketball program to its rightful spot as a perennial contender and then taking it to new heights."
During his nine-year tenure Frager earned numerous personal coaching accolades. This past season he received the Molton/Women's D-II Bulletin National Coach of the Year, as well as earning his third consecutive Northeast 10 Conference Coach of the Year. Additionally, Frager garnered the 2005 and 2006 WBCA Region I Coach of the Year.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's Degree in Politcial Science, Frager became a head coach for the first time in 1987 at Seymour (CT) High School. He won three state titles and 208 games during his 11-year tenure, while also earning a Master's Degree in Social Sciences from Southern Connecticut.
Fairfield University is an NCAA Division I member of the 10-school Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Frager is the fifth head coach in the program's 33-year varsity history.
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Posted on April 18, 2007