C.R. native Brenda Frese featured for coaching wins and expecting twins December 9, 2007Posted by John in Sports.
Tags: basketball, Brenda Frese, Cedar Rapids, iowa, Iowa State University, University of Maryland Terps
From the Washington Post yesterday:
… Already she has stopped running the practices and pacing the sidelines during games and screaming at the top of her lungs for defensive players to get back in position. Looking calmer than most any other coach you’ve ever seen, she sits through games in a black leather office chair. There’s a pillow at her back to cushion a bulging disk. Standing rarely, clapping occasionally, she disseminates her court wisdom through assistants. During timeouts, her chair is rolled to the front of the bench so she can sit while instructing the team.
Of course many women must learn to juggle childbirth and workplace, but coaching high-level college basketball — an increasingly competitive, high-profile, lucrative sport — is unusually demanding, physically and psychologically. And the coaches interviewed for this story agree that someone who does it successfully is a rare bird. …
For Frese, her job is a dream come true. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she played at the University of Arizona, where she graduated in 1993, then was an assistant at Kent State and Iowa State. …