Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Fred Quartlebaum is heading to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four with Kansas after the Jayhawks defeated Miami, 76-50, in the Midwest Region final in Chicago on Sunday.
Quartlebaum is the director of basketball operations for the Kansas men’s basketball team, one of the top seeds in this year’s NCAA Division I tournament. The Jayhawks (32-6) will play Villanova in the Final Four at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Quartlebaum arrived at Kansas in 2013 and has been at Kansas for six Big 12 regular-season championships, two Big 12 tournament championships, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and one NCAA Final Four appearance.
Quartlebaum played four years at Fordham and holds a degree in communications from the university in the Bronx. A co-captain in his senior season, he led the Rams into the 1988 NIT tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Kansas, he served as an assistant coach at Navy, Towson, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Iowa State, North Carolina, St. John’s and Notre Dame.
Quartlebaum and his wife Christy have two sons, Trey, who plays for St. Francis in Brooklyn, and Mayson, who is a forward at Kennesaw State.