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Bob Frederick
  • Was the athletic director at Kansas from 1987-2001 and oversaw 32 conference championships won by the Jayhawks
  • Helped form the Big 12 Conference in the mid-1990s
  • The Senior Scholar Athlete Award at KU is named in his honor and the NCAA created the NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award in 2010
Frederick, Bob

Inducted 2011

Born: March 4, 1940 – St. Louis, Missouri

Died: June 12, 2009 – Kansas City, Kansas

Graduated: Kirkwood H.S., 1958; University of Kansas, 1962

Overview

It would be hard-pressed to find a man who was more respected in college athletics than Bob Frederick, a quiet, unassuming man who treated others as equals despite his high-profile and powerful position.

Career at KU

He was the athletic director at Kansas from 1987-2001 and oversaw 32 conference championships won by the Jayhawks, as well as 41 Academic All-American.  He saw his teams win two Aloha Bowls in football, reach the Final Four three times in men’s basketball, including a national title in 1988, as well as appearances in the College World Series in both baseball and softball. Frederick served on the NCAA basketball tournament’s selection committee from 1992-96, was the chairman of that committee in 1995 and ’96, and helped form the Big 12 Conference in the mid-1990s. In 1989, he made the then controversial decision to hire Roy Williams to replace

Career beyond KU

Frederick played basketball at KU in 1960-61 and served as the head basketball coach at Russell High School (1966-70); Coffeyville Junior College (1970-71) and Lawrence High School (1977-81) and was an assistant coach at Olympia Fields, Ill., (1964-66); Kansas (1971-72), Brigham Young (1972-75) and Stanford (1975-77).

Honors

The Senior Scholar Athlete Award at KU is named in his honor and the NCAA created the NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award in 2010, which annually honors an NCAA administrator who shows the highest respect for intercollegiate athletics.