Fred Chmiel
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamBowling Green
Record16–15 (.516)†
Biographical details
Alma materExcelsior College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995Feather River College (asst.)
1995–1999Feather River College
1999–2005Lassen College
2005Charlotte Sting (asst.)
2006San Jose Spiders
2006–2008Temple (asst.)
2008–2010San Diego State (asst.)
2010–2014Penn State (asst.)
2014–2015Minnesota (asst.)
2015–2023South Carolina (asst.)
2023–presentBowling Green
Head coaching record
Overall16–15 (.516)†

Fredrick Chmiel is an American women's basketball coach. He is currently the women's basketball head coach at the Bowling Green State University.[1] He previously served as the head coach at Feather River College, Lassen College and the San Jose Spiders of the NWBL. He also was an assistant coach in the WNBA and at several NCAA Division I universities including the University of South Carolina where he was part of two national championship teams.[2]

Early life and education

Chmiel played basketball at Feather River College in California where he was All-Golden Valley Conference first-team. He also attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He earned a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Excelsior College and a master's degree in athletics administration from Concordia University.[3][4][5]

Coaching career

Chmiel began is coaching career as an assistant coach of the women's basketball team at Feather River College in 1994 and took over as the head coach the following year where he stayed for four seasons. In 1999 he took over as the head coach at Lassen College where he won three Golden Valley Conference championships.[6]

In 2005 he was an assistant with the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA where he coached future Hall of Famer Dawn Staley. He was also a WNBA scout with the Indiana Fever and Detroit Shock.[7] In 2006 he was the head coach of the NWBL's San Jose Spiders.[4]

He accepted his first Division I assistant coach position under Dawn Staley from 2006 through 2008 when she was the head coach at Temple.[8] He held an assistant coach position for two seasons at San Diego State, four seasons at Penn State, and one season at Minnesota before reuniting with Staley as one of her assistants at South Carolina in 2015.[4][3][9] During his eight years with the Gamecocks they won two national titles and advanced to the final four in each of his final three seasons.[10] He helped coach A'ja Wilson and Aliyah Boston to National Player of the Year awards.[11]

Bowling Green

On April 8, 2023, he was named as the 10th head coach women's basketball head coach at Bowling Green.[12]

Head coaching record


Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
San Jose Spiders 2006 18 8 10 .444 3rd 2 1 1 .500 Won third place game


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bowling Green (Mid-American Conference) (2023–present)
2023–24[13] Bowling Green 16–15 10–8 T–4th WNIT First Round
Bowling Green: 16–15 (.516) 10–8 (.556)
Total: 16–15 (.516)†

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching record does not include his coaching record at Feather River College and Lassen College because it is unknown

Personal life

He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters named Skylar and Ivy.[3]


  1. ^ "Fred Chmiel Named BGSU Women's Basketball Head Coach". Bowling Green Athletics. April 8, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  2. ^ Whittle, John (April 8, 2023). "Gamecocks women's hoops lose valuable assistant coach". 247Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Fred Chmiel". University of South Carolina Athletics. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  4. ^ a b c "Bowling Green hires new women's basketball coach". WTOL. Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  5. ^ "Bowling Green hires South Carolina assistant Chmiel as women's basketball coach". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  6. ^ "Chmiel hired as new BGSU womens basketball coach". Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune. April 8, 2023. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "Bowling Green names Chmiel as Women's Basketball Head Coach". Whoopdirt. April 9, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  8. ^ Lyon, Andrew (April 8, 2023). "BGSU announces new head coach for women's basketball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  9. ^ McLemore, Dwayne (April 8, 2023). "Fred Chmiel, longtime South Carolina assistant for Dawn Staley, lands head coach job". The State. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  10. ^ Hoole, Beth (April 8, 2023). "Gamecocks assistant named head coach at Bowling Green". FOX Carolina. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  11. ^ "Falcons Name Fred Chmiel Head Women's Basketball Coach". Mid-American Conference. April 8, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  12. ^ Lambdin, Nia (April 8, 2023). "BGSU announces new head coach for women's basketball". WTVG. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  13. ^ "2023-24 Women's Basketball Schedule". Bowling Green Athletics.