Fred Shabel

American college basketball player-coach and sports executive

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Fred Shabel
Fred Shabel portrait, Chanticleer 1962.jpg
Shabel in 1962
Personal information
Bornc. 1933[1]
Union City, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)[2]
Career information
High schoolUnion Hill
CollegeDuke (1952–1954)
Coaching career1957–1967
Career history
As coach:
1957–1963Duke (assistant)
Career coaching record
Connecticut72–29 (.713)

Fred A. Shabel[3] is an American former college basketball player-coach and sports executive. He was the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball head coach from 1963 through 1967.


Fred A. Shabel grew up in Union City, New Jersey, where he attended Union Hill High School.[4] He matriculated to Duke University, where he played on the men's basketball team from 1952 to 1954.[5]

He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956, and was a First Lieutenant at the time of his discharge.[6]

Shabel at Duke with head coach Vic Bubas and fellow assistant coach Bucky Waters, 1962–63

After his playing career, Shabel served as an assistant coach for Duke from 1957 to 1963.[2]

Shabel left Duke in 1963 to become Connecticut Huskies men's basketball head coach. Across his four seasons at Connecticut, he held a 72–29 record for a 71.3% win percentage.[3] He led Connecticut to four Yankee Conference regular season titles and three NCAA tournament berths.[7]

In 1967, Shabel became the athletic director for the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing the Penn Quakers sports teams. In 1975, he left the athletics department and became vice president for operations at the university.[6]

In 1980, Shabel left Penn to become an executive at Spectacor, a sports company which owns several professional teams and arenas in the Philadelphia area. As of 2012, he was still at the company (now called Comcast Spectacor).[6]


  1. ^ "Fred Shabel (Former UConn Head Coach)". Coaches Database. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Fred Shabel". Duke Update. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "2019–20 Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). University of Connecticut Athletics. October 9, 2019. p. 82. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Fred Shabel". UCONN Hoop Legends. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Fred Shabel College Stats". College Basketball at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Inductee Profile: Fred Shabel". Philly Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. March 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  7. ^ "Fred Shabel Coaching Stats". College Basketball at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2020.

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