Fred Applin To Join Husky Women's Basketball Staff
April 20, 2007
SEATTLE -- Newly appointed Washington women's basketball head coach Tia Jackson announced Friday that Wake Forest associate head coach Fred Applin will join her staff as an assistant. Applin is Jackson's second hire, the first being former Husky standout Loree Payne who was named an assistant coach last week.
Applin, an associate head coach for the Demon Deacons the last three seasons, brings an extensive coaching resume to Seattle. A highly-regarded recruiter, Applin's career has also included assistant coaching stints at Texas, North Carolina and the University of Houston, as well as a tenure as head women's basketball coach at Hampton University from 1995-97.
'Fred has been a great contributor to the success of many of the top programs in the country,' Jackson said. 'He has spent many years establishing himself as a highly-regarded recruiter and in helping teams build programs that can compete for national championships. I am so happy to bring someone with Fred's experience into our program and into our community. He maintains the highest level of excellence on and off the hardwood and he will be a great representative of this program and university. We are so fortunate to have him join our Husky family.'
Applin, a 1985 Elon graduate and native of Roseboro, N.C., was recognized by the Women's Basketball Journal as one of the nation's top assistant coaches in its annual coaching poll in 1998-99. During his six-year tenure at Texas (1998-2004), the Longhorns reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three straight years (2002-04) and advanced to the Final Four in 2003. The 2003 Longhorns also won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, while the 2004 squad won the Big 12 regular season title.
'I'd like to thank the University of Washington and Tia for giving me the opportunity to work at a great university and in a great conference,' Applin said. 'I think the Pac-10 is one of the best conferences out there. Having the opportunity to work at Washington, especially with Tia and the staff that she is putting together, and the administration, I think it's going to be a golden opportunity because of the academics and the chance to compete for a national championship.'
In Applin's last two years at Texas, he helped sign three McDonald All-Americans in the first two years of the honor (Nina Norman, Tiffany Jackson and Kalee Carey) and four WBCA/Nike All-Americans (Norman, Jackson, Carey and Erneisha Bailey).
Applin was the head women's basketball coach at Hampton University from 1995-97, where he signed two Nike High School All-Americans (Danielle Dawson and Felecia Bryant) and his recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top-30 by the Blue Star Report. While at Hampton, 13 of Applin's student-athletes attained Dean's list status, while his teams maintained the highest team grade-point average in school history.
Prior to his head coaching stint at Hampton, Applin spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Houston (1993-95). His first collegiate assistant coaching position was a five-year tenure at North Carolina (1988-93) where he served as the recruiting coordinator for the nationally-ranked Tar Heels. Applin signed All-American standouts Sylvia Crawley, Tonya Sampson and Charlotte Smith, as well as All-America two-sport star Marion Jones who went on to become a U.S. Olympic and World Championship sprint and long jump gold medalist. Crawley, Sampson and Smith all went on to play in the ABL (American Basketball League), with Smith and Crawley also playing in the WNBA.
Applin earned a bachelor's degree in recreation at Elon where he was a three-sport athlete (football, track and field and lacrosse). He was a member of the NAIA National Championship football team, and a student coach and manager for the women's basketball team. Applin received his master's degree in therapeutic recreation from North Carolina Central University in 1989.
Applin was a commissioned officer in the North Carolina National Guard and completed his U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer School Training at Fort Lee (Virginia) in 1986. Applin and his wife, Cora, have two daughters, Anaiah (16) and Hillary (16), and a son, Michael (21). Michael is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while Hillary and Anaiah are a junior and sophomore in high school.
Fred Applin Coaching Resume
Wake Forest University - Associate H.C./Recruiting Coordinator
University of Texas - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Wake Forest University - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Hampton University - Head Coach
University of Houston - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
University of North Carolina - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
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