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Aztec Basketball Hires Fred Chmiel As An Assistant Coach

Fred Chmiel comes to SDSU from Temple University, where he helped the Owls to a pair of NCAA tournament berths.
Fred Chmiel comes to SDSU from Temple University, where he helped the Owls to a pair of NCAA tournament berths.

July 8, 2008

SAN DIEGO - Fred Chmiel, an assistant coach at Temple University the last two seasons, has joined the Aztec women's basketball staff as an assistant coach, SDSU head coach Beth Burns announced Tuesday. Chmiel has spent the last 14 years coaching on the professional, NCAA Division I and community college levels.

"We are pleased to announce the newest Aztec to join our team, assistant coach Fred Chmiel," Burns said. "Coach Chmiel brings a wealth of experience to us with his basketball background - as a collegiate and professional head coach, WNBA assistant coach, a proven clinician on the national level, and most recently, as Dawn Staley's assistant coach at Temple.

"In addition to Coach Staley, fellow coaches in the Big East and Atlantic 10 (Conferences) all spoke to Fred's abilities as a teacher and on-court clinician. He is a high-energy person who is passionate about the game of basketball. He will greatly impact the individual skills of our athletes, with a specific focus on our point guards and perimeter players. Coach Chmiel has already pored over film of our team and cannot wait to get in the gym this fall and get to work!"

Chmiel (pronounced shuh-MEAL) recently completed his second season on Dawn Staley's staff at Temple, where the Owls boasted a 21-13 record in 2007-08, including a 12-2 mark in Atlantic 10 play to claim the conference regular season championship. Temple advanced to the NCAA tournament twice during his stay on the Philadelphia, Pa., campus and posted a two-year combined record of 46-21 overall and 25-3 in league action.

"I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to work at San Diego State University," Chmiel said. "Coach Burns and her staff have done an incredible job with the basketball program, and I look forward to helping to continue that trend."

Before joining the Owls' staff, Chmiel was the head coach of the San Jose Spiders in the National Women's Basketball League in San Jose, Calif., in 2006, following a one-year stint as an assistant with the WNBA's Charlotte Sting in 2005. The Palmer, Alaska, native also has worked with the WNBA's Detroit Shock as an advance scout, providing opponent evaluation and film analysis.

Chmiel began his coaching career in Northern California, serving as head men's coach at both Lassen College (1999-2005) in Susanville, Calif., and Feather River College (1995-95) in Quincy, Calif. He led Lassen to three Golden Valley Conference titles in his six seasons with the Cougars.

As a player, Chmiel was a standout guard at Feather River, averaging 12.5 points and six assists per outing, garnering first-team all-league accolades and twice earning defensive team MVP honors. He finished his playing career at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 1992-94, before returning to Feather River as a men's assistant coach for one season.

"Adding coach Chmiel to a staff that already includes Shanele Stires, recruiting coordinator Jualeah "Y" Woods and director of basketball operations Tammy Stephens, is extremely exciting for me," Burns added. "We are all positive, enthusiastic people who came to SDSU to win championships. We can't wait to get started."

The Fred Chmiel File

July 2, 1971

Palmer, Alaska

High School
Palmer High

Wife, Julie

Coaching Career

Temple University (Women's Assistant Coach)

Detroit Shock (WNBA - Advance Scouting)

San Jose Spiders (NWBL - Head Coach)

Charlotte Sting (WNBA - Assistant Coach)

Lassen College (Men's Head Coach)

Feather River College (Men's Head Coach)

Feather River College (Men's Assistant Coach)

Playing Career

University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Feather River College