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Brennan Bechard promoted to KU director of basketball operations

Self hires Fred Quartlebaum as director of student-athlete development

June 26, 2013

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Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has promoted Brennan Bechard to director of basketball operations, the coach announced Wednesday afternoon.

Bechard, who has served the last two years as assistant director of basketball operations, replaces Doc Sadler, who was hired as a full-time assistant coach at Iowa State in May.

In addition, Self announced the hiring of Fred Quartlebaum as director of student-athlete development. Jeff Forbes also will continue his tenure as the team's video coordinator.

“I feel fortunate that we have guys in place, with Brennan and Jeff, who have been here for a while and have had a chance to do things to enhance our program,” Self said. “Now we add a person like Fred Quartlebaum who has been around big-time college athletics having worked at Notre Dame, Iowa State, North Carolina and St. John’s as a full-time assistant. Fred played a huge role in the recruitment of the Carolina team that went on to win a national championship. He brings a ton of energy and organization and we feel Fred will be a perfect fit here at Kansas.”

Bechard, a member of the 2008 Kansas national championship team, joined the KU basketball staff as a graduate student manager in August 2009.

Quartlebaum, meanwhile, comes 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 years as an assistant coach at St. John’s under current KU assistant coach Norm Roberts.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Quartlebaum said. “What a thrill to come back and work with coach Roberts and the basketball program at Kansas. Coach Self is one of the top coaches in college basketball and to have the opportunity to learn under his direction is such a privilege for me. I’m thrilled to be a part of Kansas basketball.”

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