Marina's Fredlow steps down after 12 years

Under his guidance, girls' basketball program reached playoffs every year and captured two Sunset League crowns.

February 16, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

When the Marina girls' basketball team takes to the floor tonight for its CIF Southern Section playoff game, the Vikings will enter the postseason for the final time under Coach Butch Fredlow, who is stepping down from his post.

"I am leaving because the time for change is good and I want to redirect some of my time and energy to my two sons, Tate (13) and Cole (10), as they begin to seek new adventures in their lives," said Fredlow.

He will remain at the school as a Special Education teacher and coordinator for the Special Education Dept., he said.

Fredlow, who has guided the girls' program for the past 12 years, said he let his team know of his decision after the Vikings rallied from seven points down in the second half of a Feb. 3 Sunset League game to defeat Los Alamitos.


Senior guard Alyssa Kinoshita said that she and the other returning players first heard word of Fredlow possibly stepping down back in the summer.

"We kind of knew it was coming, but it was still tough to hear," said the four-year varsity player who is a three-year starter and two-time all-league player. "He's always intense in practice and he's very competitive. I'm a very competitive person and practices were always challenging.

"One of the things that is really great about him is that he always encouraged team bonding. Not only on the court, but off court, as well. I think that that has really paid off in the way that we play as a team."

Fredlow became head coach of the Marina girls' basketball program in October 1999. Since his initial season, the Vikings have won two Sunset titles and this year marks the 12th consecutive year that the program has earned an automatic bid to the CIF playoffs. Three of his teams have reached the quarterfinal round.

Lindsey Schulze played three years and was on back-to-back league championship teams for Fredlow before graduating in 2006. Like Kinoshita, the shooting guard remembers Fredlow as a dedicated coach.

"It was tough love with him," said Schulze, who is now a senior communications major in her final year at USC. "In practice he was always pushing us to be our best. Basketball taught me not to give up. I remember a big game against J.W. North, in particular. I had a chance to score the winning basket at the end of regulation but missed the shot. I was down but I remember him encouraging me, telling him to keep my head up and that I'll be shooting again in the game. We went on to win in overtime. That moment still stands out for me today.

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