New assistant brings two stints as head coach to the program following year as team's director of operations
Alan Frey begins his ninth season with the Tulane women's basketball team where he will once again work with the Green Wave's post players.
The 2014-15 season marks Frey's eighth year handling the Green Wave student-athletes on the blocks, as he handled Tulane's guards during the 2009-10 campaign. In addition, Frey's areas of focus are game scheduling, recruiting, opponent scouting and individual player development.
During his time at Tulane, Frey has helped the Green Wave post winning records each season, tally a combined 176-84 overall record, win a pair of Conference USA regular-season titles and claim a quintet of postseason appearances (NCAA in 2010, WNIT in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
Under Frey's tutelage, the Green Wave post players have consistently ranked among C-USA leaders in rebounding and blocked shots. In addition, he was instrumental in helping Brett Benzio - who is currently playing professionally overseas - become just the second player in Tulane women's basketball history and the third Green Wave student-athlete overall (men's or women's) to score at least 1,000 points and pull down at least 1,000 rebounds during their career.
Frey's recruiting efforts have been instrumental to the program's overall success in recent years as a trio of Green Wave rookies - Benzio in 2009, Olivia Grayson in 2010, Danielle Blagg in 2012 and Leslie Vorpahl in 2014 - earned C-USA All-Freshman Team recognition, while Blagg claimed C-USA Freshman of the Year honors in 2012. In addition, junior college transfer Indira Kaljo was tabbed C-USA Newcomer of the Year in 2009.
A native of New Orleans, Frey joined the Tulane family for the 2006-07 season after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach for the Loyola (New Orleans) University's men's team. His duties with the Wolfpack included recruiting, on-court instruction and practice implementations.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Frey spent 15 years coaching the AAU Kenner Angels to 13 Finals Fours and five national championships from 1992-2006. He compiled an overall record of 425-67 during his time with the Angels, including a 138-25 mark at the national tournament.
The 1997 AAU National Coach of the Year, Frey guided the team to the Gold Medal in at the 1996 Junior Olympics and a second-place finish in 2005. Frey's teams amassed 15 Louisiana AAU titles in as many years with a 79-1 record at the state tournament.
Frey also served as an assistant coach for Team Louisiana at the U.S. Junior Nationals from 1987-92, and the 1990 squad won the USJN championship. He also served as an assistant coach (1984-91) and head coach (1992-2004) for the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department All-Stars where he helped the club win a combined 13 International Championships.
During his time with the AAU, Frey helped more than 50 of his players earn Division I scholarships, including Tulane alumni Olivia Grayson, Tiffany Aidoo, Sarah Goree, Rodnelle Hadley, Salome Hector, Mignon Frey, Mary Ann Marino, Lacey Vicknair and Kristi Pertuit. In addition, five of his former players have gone on to play in the WNBA - Vickie, Niesa and Temeka Johnson, Yolanda Moore and Detrina White.
Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Frey has spent the bulk of his professional career managing not-for-profit organizations throughout the New Orleans area.
A leader in New Orleans philanthropic circles for nearly 20 years, Frey served as 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 and remains actively involved in the foundation's fund-raising efforts.
A 1983 graduate of nearby Jesuit High School, Frey received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of New Orleans in 1988. He is married to the former Karen Halley of Metairie, the couple resides in Metairie, and they have three children: Halley, 18, Garrett, 16, and Hayden, 10.