Fred Quartlebaum joined the Kansas men’s basketball staff as director of student-athlete development in June 2013. In 2020 he moved to the director of basketball operations role. In this he handles many day-in and day-out logistics and procedures with the student-athletes and staff. Included has been Quartlebaum heading KU men’s basketball’s social injustice initiatives to educate and act toward the issues that have arose in the U.S. Additionally, Quartlebaum is on the University of Kansas Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Committee and participates in the Pre-Game Chalk Talks prior to home contests informing season ticket holders scouting tips about upcoming contests.
In seven seasons at KU, Quartlebaum has been part of six Big 12 regular-season championships, two Big 12 Tournament titles, five in-season tourney titles, three NCAA Championship Elite Eights and one Final Four in 2018. Additionally, Quartlebaum has seen 15 Jayhawks move on to the NBA, including Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the No. 1 and No. 3 overall selections in the 2014 NBA Draft and Josh Jackson, the 2017 No. 4 pick.
In the summer of 2015, Quartlebaum was an assistant coach who guided the USA National Team, made up mainly of University of Kansas student-athletes and KU coaches and staff, to the gold medal at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, by posting an 8-0 record. The medal was USA’s first in three World University Games and the first gold, 14th overall, for the Americans since 2005.
Quartlebaum has a long resume of basketball coaching experience, which encompasses more than 20 years. He came to KU after working as associate director of PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract), a leadership and mentoring program at Mercy College in New York. Additionally, in 2010, he started his own company, 212 Hoops, which combines his experience developing collegiate athletes to youth basketball. Prior to his position at Mercy College, Quartlebaum spent six seasons as an assistant coach at St. John’s under current KU assistant coach Norm Roberts.
Following a stint in the high school ranks, Quartlebaum then was an assistant coach at Navy (1992-96), Towson (1996-97), Holy Cross (1997-98) and Fairfield (1998-99) before joining Matt Doherty at Notre Dame in 1999-2000. While at Holy Cross he was the head coach for four games and picked up his first victory against Drake in the the Lobo Invitational in December of 1997. He accompanied Doherty to North Carolina (2000-03) where he played a part in recruiting four McDonald’s All-Americans who eventually would win an NCAA title in 2005. After UNC, he was an assistant for one season under head coach Wayne Morgan at Iowa State (2003-04) before joining Roberts’ staff at St. John’s.
While at St. John’s, Quartlebaum attended the Black Coaches Association’s (BCA) “Achieving Coaching Excellence” (ACE) program. He was also named to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition.
Quartlebaum played college basketball at Fordham where he was a four-year letterwinner from 1985-89. He helped the Rams to an NIT appearance in 1988 and was co-captain his senior season. The New York City native grew up three miles from the Fordham campus and graduated from the university in 1989 with a degree in communications.
Quartlebaum is married to the former Christy Stephens. The couple has two sons, Trey, who is a guard at St. Francis Brooklyn, and Mayson, a forward at Kennesaw State.