A Jayhawk for most of his career, Frederick earned all three of his degrees from KU: a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1962, a master's degree in secondary school administration in 1964 and his doctorate degree in educational administration in 1984. He served as director of the Williams Education Fund at KU from 1981-85. Prior to becoming KU athletics director, Frederick served in the same position at Illinois State from 1985-87.
Frederick played basketball at Kansas in 1960-61 under head coach Dick Harp. He was a KU assistant basketball coach under Harp from 1963-64 and later under Ted Owens in 1971-72.
He coached basketball at Rich Central High School in Illinois from 1964-66, Russell High School in Kansas from 1966-70, Coffeyville Community College from 1970-71 and Lawrence High School from 1977-81. He was an assistant coach at Brigham Young University from 1972-75 and Stanford University from 1975-77.
In 2001 Frederick received the National Invitation Tournament Distinguished Service Award. In 1997 the National Association of Basketball Coaches presented him with the Cliff Wells Appreciation Award for outstanding contributions to college basketball. That same year he was honored with the Buford M. Watson Public Service Award by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The NIT named him Man of the Year in 1996.
Basketball Coaching Career
1962-64 – Graduate assistant coach, Kansas
1964-66 – Assistant coach, Rich Central (Ill.) High School
1966-70 – Head coach Russell (Kan.) High School
1970-71 – Head coach Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College
1971-72 – Assistant coach, Kansas
1972-75 – Assistant coach, Brigham Young
1977-81 – Head coach, Lawrence (Kan.) High School