Fred Dupree, a former four-year letterwinner and team captain for the Golden Griffins, returned to Buffalo prior to the 2012-13 season to serve on head coach Jim Baron's staff. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is entering his 13th season as an assistant coach at the Division I level, having previously spent six seasons on Bobby Cremins' coaching staff at the College of Charleston.
At Canisius, Dupree works with the team's post players and helped Jordan Heath and Chris Manhertz become two of the more recognized big men in the MAAC. Heath ranked third in the MAAC in field goal percentage and blocked shots in his furst season under Dupree's guidance, and Manhertz ended his junior campaign averaging 8.7 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the MAAC and 50th in the nation.
Dupree, a member of the Canisius College Class of 1998, returned to Main Street after spending the 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.