One of the top assistant coaches in the nation with a reputation as one of the country's best recruiters, Fred Quartlebaum is yet another member of Norm Roberts' staff with ties to the City of New York. The energetic assistant joined the St. John's basketball family in May 2004.
Quartlebaum's prowess as a recruiter has been well-documented, and is certainly evident in his contributions to the Red Storm's solid core built for the 2009-10 season. He is involved in all areas of the basketball program, including opponent scouting, practice and game preparation, and the development of all Red Storm basketball student-athletes. Quartlebaum has been a particularly strong mentor for the St. John's post players, helping the Red Storm frontcourt become one of the BIG EAST's more formidable units. His efforts helped 2007-08 rookie forward Justin Burrell earn a spot on the conference's all-freshman team.
In 2006-07, Quartlebaum's influence helped put the St. John's men's basketball team back on the national map. The Red Storm posted its first winning season since 2003, made its first trip to the BIG EAST Championship Tournament in four seasons and reached seven wins in its regular-season conference schedule for the first time in four years as well. With Quartlebaum's guidance, St. John's big man Lamont Hamilton captured headlines, and his steady improved play earned the senior first team All-BIG EAST honors and NABC District II team accolades.
In 2005-06, with the help of Quartlebaum's instruction, St. John's finished eighth among all NCAA Division I teams in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of +6.9 boards per game more than opponents. The Red Storm finished third in the BIG EAST in that category, and fourth overall in rebounding at 38.1 boards per game.
Quartlebaum is graduate of Fordham University and a native of the Bronx. His impressive resume includes several coaching stops in three major conferences, having worked in the BIG EAST (St. John's, Notre Dame), the Big 12 (Iowa State) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (North Carolina). A model of leadership, Quartlebaum attended the Black Coaches Association's (BCA) "Achieving Coaching Excellence" (ACE) program this offseason, and also became one of only two assistant coaches in the country to be named to the NCAA Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition.
Quartlebaum's first recruiting class at Iowa State was ranked eighth in the nation in Clark Francis' HoopScoop Magazine. Mike Sullivan of Rivals Hoops ranked him among the top 10 best assistant recruiters in the nation. Basketball News named him a "hot assistant ready to make the move to head coach" in 2003.
Quartlebaum came to St. John's from Iowa State, where he was an assistant to Wayne Morgan for one season. He helped ISU to a 20-13 record and an appearance in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Cyclones, which beat three teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen that season (Xavier, Kansas, Texas), tallied a 17-1 record in Hilton Coliseum, the second-best single-season home win total in school history. Quartlebaum helped tutor ISU star Curtis Stinson, a native New Yorker who went on to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors and first team Freshman All-America accolades from Basketball Times. He also coached Jackson Vroman and Will Blalock, who spent time in the NBA.
Prior to his stint at Iowa State, Quartlebaum was an assistant under Matt Doherty at North Carolina from 2000-03. In his first year, the Tar Heels won 26 games and earned a No. 1 national ranking late in the season. UNC posted a 13-3 league record that year and won a share of the ACC regular-season championship. North Carolina made one NCAA and one NIT appearance during Quartlebaum's time in Chapel Hill, where he coached first team All-American Joe Forte, current NBA center Brendan Haywood and forward Jawad Williams, 2006 draft pick David Noel, as well as Julius Peppers and Ronald Curry, who went on to pursue careers in the NFL.
Quartlebaum spent one season at Notre Dame under Doherty (1999-00) prior to their move to Chapel Hill. The Fighting Irish went 22-15 that season and made a run to the NIT championship game. Quartlebaum coached a pair of current NBA players at Notre Dame: All-American Troy Murphy and Matt Carroll.
Quartlebaum was an assistant coach at Fairfield in 1998-99, Holy Cross in 1997-98 and Towson in 1996-97. Prior to his Towson stint, he served four seasons (1992-96) as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. There he helped the Midshipmen earn the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1994.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career, Quartlebaum was the head coach at Rye High School in Rye, N.Y., in 1991-92.
A 1989 Fordham graduate with a degree in communications, Quartlebaum was a four-year performer for the Rams, helping the team to a NIT appearance in 1988. He was the team's co-captain his senior year.
Quartlebaum is an alum of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., where he earned all-county and all-Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) honors in basketball. He played AAU basketball for the Riverside Church squad.
Born on Aug. 30, 1967, Quartlebaum is married to the former Christy Stephens. The couple has two sons, Trey (9) and Mayson (7), and lives in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.