The Boston College women’s basketball program has announced the hiring of Marsha Frese as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. Frese will join head coach Erik Johnson, associate head coach Yvonne Hawkins, and Assistant Coach Thomas Garrick behind the bench.
Frese, who played guard at Rice from 1990-94, has 18 years of NCAA coaching under her belt. She began her career as an assistant coach at Ball State in 1999 before moving on to assistant coaching gigs at Minnesota and Maryland. While at Maryland, she recruited Shay Doron, a three time All-ACC player. From 2003-07, Frese was the associate head coach at Illinois, helping to recruit four straight top 25 ranked recruiting classes. Frese then returned to Ball State as an assistant for a season before leaving coaching for two years to work in finance and raise her family. She returned to coaching in 2010, joining Northern Illinois as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2012, Frese began her first and only head coaching job, taking over at University of Missouri–Kansas City. In 2013, Frese helped UMKC to transition from the Summit League to the Western Athletic Conference, and in 2017 she led the Kangaroos to their first ever WAC Semifinals appearance. She has a 36–82 career record at UMKC.
Frese is known for being a skilled recruiter, something that the struggling BC program desperately needs. The Eagles won only 30% of their games last season, and star player Mariella Fasoula has transferred out of BC. If Frese can bring in the level of recruits as she did in previous coaching positions, this could be a real turning point for the program.