Kelly Frings has joined the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball team as a full-time assistant coach.
Frings has previously been an assistant women’s basketball coach at Carroll and Drury (Mo.) universities since serving as the director of basketball operations and a graduate assistant coach at Northern Illinois University. In 2018 Frings was selected for a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 award, which recognizes up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.
Frings takes over for former UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball assistant coach Kelly McNiff, who accepted the head coach position of the UW-Platteville women’s basketball program in August.
“Coach Frings is a huge addition to our program,” Fischer said. “When you look at her experience and all she has accomplished thus far in her young career, I believe we found a star in this profession. She has already coached in two Sweet 16s and been at all three levels in the NCAA. I can’t wait to see the impact she makes on our players and our program.”
Frings was an assistant coach last season at Carroll University, where she helped with recruiting efforts. At Drury University, Frings helped the Panthers to a 61-7 combined record during the 2017 and 2018 seasons to go along with a pair of conference titles and two trips to the third round of the NCAA Division II Championship.
“I am excited to be a part of the UW-Oshkosh women’s basketball program,” Frings said. “I am thankful to athletics director Darryl Sims and Brad Fischer for this opportunity. Having grown up in Wisconsin, it’s no secret how strong the WIAC is, nor the success this program has had under Coach Fischer’s leadership, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Frings’ prior experience also includes serving as a coach and recruiting coordinator at the Chapman Basketball Academy in Milwaukee as well as coaching stints with Wisconsin Impact and WBA Prestige in Milwaukee, and Heart of Illinois in Peoria.
Frings played basketball collegiately at Bradley University (Ill.) from 2010-14 following a decorated high school career at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, where she helped the Lady Popes win the 2010 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 championship and garnered Sporting News All-America recognition.
Frings earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in 2014 and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 2016.
UW-Oshkosh has won two of the last three regular season titles in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and four of the past six league tournament championships. The Titans, who have produced a 165-37 record during Fischer’s seven-year tenure, have won at least one game at five of the past six NCAA Division III Championships. UW-Oshkosh, the 1996 national champion and 1995 runner-up, advanced to the second round of the Division III Championship in both 2015 and 2016, and reached the third round in 2014, 2015 and 2019.