Frederickson makes NAIA Hall of Fame
by KDLT Sports
September 10, 2012 5:40 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northern State head women’s basketball coach Curt Fredrickson is one of 13 new inductees into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame. Fredrickson will be formally inducted into the Women’s Basketball Coach Category of the Hall of Fame on March 5, 2013 in Sioux City, Iowa as part of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship festivities.
“I was a little surprised when I got the letter in the mail,” said Fredrickson of the honor. “It seems like a long time ago that we won those national tournaments in ’92 and ’94, probably because it was a long time ago. It’s a nice honor, obviously, but it’s an honor that comes with a basketball team. Had we not had the success that we did, particularly in ’92 and ’94, I wouldn’t be getting this honor.”
"Coach Fredrickson has a long and storied history at Northern, both as an athlete and a coach,” said NSU President Jim Smith. “While his win record is impressive, his commitment to excellence for these young women both on the court and in the classroom is what has put him at the top of his game. He has developed Northern State women's basketball into the program it is today.”
Fredrickson, who reached and surpassed the 700-career win plateau last season, is entering his 34th season at the helm of the NSU program in 2012-13 and is no stranger to success. During his tenure, the Wolves have played in five NAIA national tournaments, winning the NAIA II national title in 1991-92 and 1993-94, finishing second in 1992-93, claiming third in 1980-81, and finishing among the final eight teams in 1994-95. Fredrickson’s Wolves have also collected two district basketball championships and two regional crowns.
The national championship runs in the early 1990s still rank as one of the major highlights of Fredrickson’s tenure. The 1991-92 team won the NAIA National title and finished the season with a 30-4 record. The Wolves set out to defend their crown in 1992-93, but were defeated in the championship game. After dropping the season opener the following season, NSU reeled off 32 straight wins and made it to the National Championship game for the third season in a row. The Wolves claimed their second Championship in three years by coming out on top in a thriller against host team Western Oregon State University. The team’s 32-1 mark that season is a school record. In 1994-95, the Wolves jumped out to 13-0 mark and set new NAIA II and NCAA II records with 45 consecutive wins from Nov. 1993 to Jan. 1995.
Fredrickson was named as the NAIA National Coach of the Year in both 1992 and 1994 after winning the national championships. He has received additional Coach of the Year honors from the South Dakota Press Association, Royal Order of the Gyps, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (twice), Midwest Independent Region (twice) and NAIA District 12 (three times). He was inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
“Coach Fredrickson has excelled at Northern both as a student-athlete and as a coach and the Hall of Fame recognition is certainly well-deserved,” said NSU Director of Athletics Josh Moon. “This honor is a testament to Coach Fredrickson’s leadership and commitment to the countless student-athletes he has coached over the years.”
“Hopefully we’ll be in the playoffs in March, so I’ll have to send somebody down to get the award,” said Fredrickson.