Fred Dupree, a former four-year letterwinner and team
captain for the Golden Griffins, returns to Buffalo to serve on head coach Jim
Baron's staff. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is entering his 12th
season as an assistant coach at the Division I level, having spent the previous
six seasons on Bobby Cremins' coaching staff at the College of Charleston.
Dupree, a member of the Canisius College Class of 1998,
returns to Main Street after spending the last six years as an assistant coach
at the College of Charleston. With the Cougars, he was a part of the staff that
appeared in three Southern Conference championship games, posted 132 overall
victories, four 20-win seasons, a Southern Conference regular-season crown in
2011 and three postseason tournament berths, including a run to the NIT
quarterfinal round in 2011. Dupree was also on the staff when former College of
Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock became the first Cougar to be drafted into
the NBA in more than 14 years when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in
the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Prior to joining the staff in Charleston, Dupree was an
assistant coach for five years at Rider University, where he helped the Broncs
to back-to-back MAAC regular-season championships in 2002 and 2003. He served
as Rider's recruiting coordinator during his time in Lawrenceville, N.J., and
played a key role in recruiting Jason Thompson, one of the MAAC's all-time
great players, who was drafted 12th overall by the Sacramento Kings
in the 2008 NBA Draft. Prior to coaching at Rider, he led the St. Thomas More
School in Oakdale, Conn., to the 2000 New England Prep School Championship and
helped 17 of his former players go on to play Division I basketball.
As a Griff, Dupree played in 98 career games from 1994-98,
and was a member of the team when the Blue and Gold won the 1996 MAAC
Championship and played Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament under
former head coach John Beilein, who is currently the head coach at the
University of Michigan. In the final college basketball game ever played in
Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium, Dupree had a game-high 15 rebounds as the Griffs
defeated Siena by the score of 66-49, and he led the team in rebounding in two
of the program's three 1996 MAAC Tournament victories en route to the program's
only MAAC Men's Basketball championship.
Dupree was a former prep standout at Canarsie High School.
He and his wife, Tanesha, have one son, Myles.