It hasn't become an official yet, and might not for another month or so, but Brad Frederick will soon become an assistant coach on Roy Williams' staff at North Carolina. Frederick, after all, has already been out on the road evaluating high school prospects.
“It's pretty clear that Brad's already been on the road recruiting,” Williams said on Monday during the first day of the ACC's annual spring meetings. “If you've got eyes, you can see that.”
Williams has had a vacancy on his staff since C.B. McGrath, one of Williams' longtime assistant coaches, left UNC to become the head coach at UNC-Wilmington. Frederick, who has served as UNC's director of basketball operations since 2013, is a natural fit to slide into McGrath's spot.
Williams said on Monday that he would not be making additional hires to the staff. That means that Sean May, who has served as an assistant to Frederick since 2015, is likely to ascend into the main director of basketball operations role.
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“We're just reshuffling the jobs,” Williams said. “Because I hired Sean – I was paying him a biscuit a week is about all it was. And I know his body looks like he got more than one, and I hope hears me saying this.”
Williams laughed while he told the story. May, the figurative and literal centerpiece of UNC's 2005 national championship team, has played a vital behind-the-scenes role during the Tar Heels' past two Final Four runs, the most recent of which ended with a national championship last month.
“I got him to come back because he wanted to get into coaching, and I think he's going to be sensational,” Williams said of May. “So he's done a great job at almost no pay for the last year. So we're just restructuring, moving people around is what we're going to be doing.”
Williams said the moves might not become official until July 1, the start of the school's fiscal year.