Honorary Chairman, Mike Fratello


Mike Fratello’s coaching career began in 1969 as a coach for basketball and football at Hackensack High School in Hackensack, NJ. His resume also includes stints as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island (1970-72), James Madison University (1972-75) and as an assistant at Villanova University (1975-78). The “Czar” is actively involved in community outreach, establishing the Friends of Fratello Foundation in 1986. He began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks (1978-82), before stepping into his first head coaching role when he and Brendan Suhr were named co-interim head coaches of the hawks into the 1980-81 season. In 1982 he joined the New York Knicks as an assistant coach for one season (1982-83) before returning to the Hawks as head coach in 1983 to lead Atlanta for seven seasons.


In 1990 he left he sidelines to join the broadcasting booth for the first time in his career when he signed onto cover the NBA on NBC Sport for three seasons (1990-93). In 1993, he returned to the coaching ranks to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers, compiling a 248-212 regular season record and guiding his team to four postseason appearances during his six-year stint (1993-99).


After six seasons with Cleveland, Fratello resumed his broadcasting career, joining Turner Sports in 1999 where he served as a broadcaster for NBA basketball for six years. Partnered with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr for TNT’s Thursday Night NBA coverage, he also served as an NBA analyst during the playoffs from 1994-1996. In addition, he served as a television analyst for the Miami Heat broadcast team from 2002 until he was hired by the Grizzlies.


Mike Fratello joined the Grizzlies on December 2, 2004, becoming the seventh head coach in franchise history. Fratello came to the Grizzlies as one of the NBA’s most successful coaches in history, ranking 19th on the all-time wins list and 21st on the all-time games coached list when he joinied the team. A 16-year coaching veteran, his teams have qualified for the NBA playoffs in 11 of his 16 seasons as a head coach.


His second season with the Grizzlies was equally impressive. With a roster that had been overhauled prior to the season, the loss of Damon Stoadamire in December to a season-ending knee injury, the team still won more games that they did last season. Their wining ways led to Fratello passing Hubie Brown in April as the winningest coach in franchise history, and one day later, the team qualified for the playoffs.


“I have always had a great deal of pride in the city I grew up in and the High School I graduated from with its numerous achievements in both athletics and academics. It is with this pride that I am happy to lend my time to continue the level of excellence and invest in these students and future citizens of our community. Please join me in making a positive contribution into our future. Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated." - Mike Fratello

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