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Former Tar Heel players pursue coaching dreams at UNC

Posted January 5, 2012
Updated January 6, 2012

After Jackie Manuel’s playing career ended at North Carolina, he went to the NBA Developmental League. Everything changed this year.

“The lockout stopped me from pursuing my basketball dream,” said Manuel, who was a guard in Chapel Hill from 2001 to 2005.

Meanwhile, Bobby Frasor’s spent his post-Carolina life playing overseas in Belgium and Cyprus. He was looking for a change.

“Living by yourself in a foreign country where you don’t know anybody and don’t know the language, I don’t miss that whole aspect,” said Frasor, who played at UNC from 2005 to 2009.

By pure coincidence, Manuel and Frasor each arranged meetings with their former Carolina coach, Roy Williams, on the same day this offseason. They were seeking advice on their futures.

“I’d been talking with coach [Williams] about coaching since my first year out [of college],” Manuel said.

Frasor had the desire to coach at an even earlier age. His father had coached high school hoops for 27 years.

Williams quickly gave both Manuel and Frasor temporary jobs on the UNC staff.

Manuel is the assistant to strength and conditioning coordinator Jonas Sahratian.

"It's funny because some of the coaches are saying that Jonas is rubbing off on me a little bit. I'm starting to take his little demeanor. His little walk and everything," said Manuel. "I'm like a little Jonas in there."

Manuel sits behind the bench during games, and the itch to play is still there. "The first six games, I literally wanted to jump out there on the court and do some things myself and try to guard a couple guys."

Frasor has the job of assistant video coordinator.

"I'm at the bottom of the ladder," he said. But he's at the top of the Smith Center during games, videotaping the action from high above the court.

He also sets the DVR to record every single televised college basketball game across the country.

"So when the NCAA tournament rolls around, if we play any one of those teams, boom, we'll have fifteen, twenty games on them," Frasor said.

Frasor and Manuel’s temporary gigs end in May. Then they will likely try to find assistant coach jobs somewhere and chase their new dream.

“Whenever you do get into coaching, you don’t say, ‘I want to be an assistant coach my whole career,’” said Frasor.

“The ultimate dream is head coaching somewhere,” said Manuel, “in due time.”

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 7, 2:24 p.m.

    OK, it's State's fault. I give in! :)

    Our PR department has been pretty bad over the years. Hopefully this is changing under the Debster.

  • unc70 Jan 7, 3:06 a.m.

    More power to them, but would someone please explain how this is newsworthy?

    There has been a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Maybe State's press/sports info dept. needs to be a bit more proactive. Don't kid yourself that... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    I agree with you. This a good example of a PR department type story. Much of what is presented as news starts that way in politics, government, business, academics, and even in sports! This is the kind of "feature" or "background" story that you release on a slow day.

    When the sports info people at State put out those kinds of stories, wral runs them too.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 6, 7:20 p.m.

    More power to them, but would someone please explain how this is newsworthy?

    There has been a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    It's news worthy TBK. These two guys are searching for a future. Nothing wrong with this one. ... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    It was kind of a two-part question. If some consider it newsworthy, then fine. I can handle that. The second part is, how is it newsworthy for Carolina, but not at other schools? State has had ex-players working as assistants for years. It happens at Carolina, and they make this huge deal out of it. That's the main point.

    It's not that bigga deal. The point is how Carolina is treated in the local media compared to how State (and Duke) are treated. This is just another example of the differences among the three.

  • Hokies94 Jan 6, 5:24 p.m.

    More power to them, but would someone please explain how this is newsworthy?

    There has been a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    It's news worthy TBK. These two guys are searching for a future. Nothing wrong with this one. Maybe you could get some of the media people at NC State University to make some headway for State. Give these guys some credit, and UNC for trying to put them out there a little. I know...it's tough to take articles about a school or team that you hate.

    This is new worthy to me and many others. My son liked it OK when he called me this afternoon.

  • Wheelman Jan 6, 4:03 p.m.

    More power to them, but would someone please explain how this is newsworthy?

    There has been a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Maybe State's press/sports info dept. needs to be a bit more proactive. Don't kid yourself that these sports reporters go out looking for all these stories. Been there. Done that. Know it doesn't happen.

  • ElvisPresleyJr Jan 6, 3:48 p.m.

    As a Wolfpack fan, there's nothing I like better than beating Duke during basketball season. It isn't easy to do, and it requires us to bring our A game everytime and anytime we step on the court with them. There's not another team that I respect more than the Blue Devil basketball program. Duke basketball has grown over the years to become a dynasty, and I hope one day NCSU can say the same thing. Obviously, we're not there yet but i'm still rooting for 'em. Having just said that, the difference between DUKE basketball and unc-at chapel hill basketball, is their fan base. Duke fans are hated because Duke wins..alot. They have the New York Yankee Syndrome. But fact is, they're good. On the other hand, unc-at chapel hill fans are hated because they're nothing but smart azz, whine and cheese, spoiled mommy and daddy brats, crybaby, punk azz biches who think their stuff don't stink. And THAT'S why I love bringin' 'em down to earth every chance I get.. carolina can kiss my azz where the sun don't shine.. *lol*

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jan 6, 2:57 p.m.

    More power to them, but would someone please explain how this is newsworthy?

    There has been a... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Ok - 1 - you clicked on it and read the story - thusly, legitimizing it's purpose (to catch... View More

    — Posted by UNCmonkey

    All that intelligent blah, blah, blah and you couldn't even spell MARCIA correctly...

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jan 6, 2:52 p.m.

    I think its great that a coach can have such an influence on a young man that he would want to... View More

    — Posted by 1UNC

    I agree with your assessment. It's a shame many on here continuously ridicule when Coach K does... View More

    — Posted by 903 national champions

    Is this Facebook??? :) Clicking LIKE on this one!!!!!!!!!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jan 6, 2:50 p.m.

    So Manuel and Frasor are getting opportunities in UNC's program. That makes half as many former... View More

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    To do what ever they do??? They help win National Championships... That's what they do..

  • UNCmonkey Jan 6, 2:50 p.m.

    4 NT's are most certainly NOT irrelevant. I can pretty much name all the starters from the 2005 and 2009 teams - and some back-ups too - even some of the bench guys. I know most of the 1993 squad as well. I'll wager Duke fans can name everyone off their 91-92 squads. I'll bet most State fans know who was on that '83 team too. Either way, the '05 & '09 championships are still recent enough in most fans memories to engender a fair amount of appreciation - and most of us recognize that while they may not have been headliners, both of those guys made HUGE contributions and sacrifices to help the TEAM achieve its ultimate goal. To say titles are irrelevant is nonsense. Perhaps they are irrelevant to you because you have no frame of recent reference? These guys were well liked - popular by all accounts (remember the "Jackie Manuel has a posse" shirts?) and now that they are 'returning to the fold', at least some people want to hear about it - its kinda like a "where are they now" deal... - I agree in this regard that the more proper forum is a UNC-centric site like IC or Tar heel blue, but if WRAL wants to post it, that's their right - free speech and all that ;P

    5 - this is EXACTLY why you have no credibility left when it comes to your UNC media bias argument. If it were up to you, then I think you'd have a bit more of a determining role in what goes on and off of WRAL's site. Thanks goodness for the rest of us, it is NOT your call to make. The more you whine about UNC-loving journalists fawning over the UNC athletics program, the more you sound like the WOLF who cried "BOY IT SURE IS UNFAIR THAT MY TEAM WHICH CONSISTENTLY SUCKS DOESN'T GET EQUAL MEDIA COVERAGE AS THE TEAM A FEW MILES AWAY THAT CONSISTENTLY COMPETES ON A NATIONAL STAGE DOES! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!"

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