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Sanderson adds Froedden as assistant coach

Thursday, May 08, 2008

May 8, 2008

Pete Froedden, a former point guard for the Lipscomb University Bisons, will be returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach.

Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson announced the addition Thursday. Froedden will leave his position as head coach at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, Tenn.

"Pete will bring a whole new element to us," Sanderson said. "It means a lot to him for this program to continue to be successful and he wants it to do well.

"He's extremely energetic and very excited about a great opportunity for him to get into college coaching. I think his energy level will do nothing but enhance our program."

Froedden played under former Lipscomb head coach Don Meyer from 1987 to 1991. A three-year starter, he is the 34th leading scorer in Lipscomb history with 1,053 points.

"Coach Sanderson and the coaching staff are a natural fit for me to come back to Lipscomb," Froedden said. "I'm thankful for Coach Sanderson giving me this opportunity. It is pretty neat for a guy who has not coached at the collegiate level. That shows he has faith in me and I'm excited about that.

"Coach Sanderson has done a tremendous job in the rebuilding when transitioning from NAIA to NCAA. And as a head coach for 16 years, it isn't easy to be an assistant to just anybody, but he is a man of tremendous character. "

Froedden also shares the NAIA record for the most games played in a season with seven other members of the 1989-90 basketball with 46. In his four years at Lipscomb the Bisons won 147 games.

"He brings a fresh set of eyes," Sanderson said. "We've seen our players and opponents for so long; I think it is good to bring a fresh set of eyes and opinions that are going to be in line with our entire staff."

Froedden has served as a coach at Lipscomb basketball camps several summers and is recognized by his peers, including former Lipscomb assistant Hubie Smith, for not only his coaching skills but also his integrity.

"I've got to have someone who is loyal," Sanderson said. "We may not agree on things behind closed doors, but when we walk out onto the court we must be on the same page. I've talked to numerous people who all speak of Pete's loyalty.

"He's a man of great faith and has always succeeded in this program. He understands the Christian values of this university and program."

Upon graduating from Lipscomb, Froedden served as a graduate assistant coach at Austin Peay State University where he earned his Masters of Science in Public and Community Health.

Froedden had an opportunity to return to Lipscomb in the middle-1990s, but instead accepted his first head coaching job at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn.

"About my third year out of Lipscomb Coach Meyer and I talked about coming back to Lipscomb, but at the time as a young coach I wanted to go down the avenue of a high school head coach," said Froedden. "I thought my opportunity to be a coach at Lipscomb had passed and I'm glad this opportunity has resurfaced with coach Sanderson."

After four years at Hillsboro, Froedden was named head coach and Athletic Director at Harding Academy in Memphis, Tenn. in 1998. He spent six years at Harding compiling a record of 114-68 while winning three district championships and being named District Coach of the Year twice.

Froedden served as head coach at Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. from 2004 to 2006. After moving to Sycamore High School in 2006, he won two regular season championships and a district tournament championship finishing 50-17 over his two year tenure.

Froedden, originally from New York, N.Y., prepped at Houston County High in Erin, Tenn. He and his wife Audrey have three children - Keenan (15), Kiana (12), and Christian (10).