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Fred Castro
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Oklahoma
Experience: 1st Year

Fred Castro was hired as an assistant coach by head coach Mike Neighbors on April 26, 2013. Castro joins the Washington staff in its third season, but with Neighbors being promoted to head coach after the departure of Kevin McGuff.

Castro comes to UW from Tulsa where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the past two seasons. When Castro arrived at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane were coming off just five wins, but in 2013 they won the Conference USA tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Castro helped put together a pair of top-50 recruiting classes at Tulsa, while also assisting with on-floor coaching, including practice planning, player development and scouting. His most recent recruiting class was ranked 39th nationally and fourth amongst mid-majors.

In 2012, Castro was invited to the Nike Villa 7 Clinic for the top 30 assistant coaches in the country. He attended the clinic along with Coach Neighbors and 20 others. Castro was invited back this year and will attend the clinic on May 9-10.

In addition to Castro's duties at Tulsa, he worked as an advance scout for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

Before Tulsa, Castro worked as an assistant coach at University of Albany during the 2010-11 season. He was responsible for on-the-floor coaching, game scouting, recruiting, game scheduling and served as the liaison to academic and athlete support services. Castro helped coach the Great Dane's to their first winning season since becoming a Division I program in 1999.

Prior to his stint at Albany, Castro was an assistant coach at Mercer University for two seasons (2008-10), where he helped coach the second-best turnaround in the country during the 2008-09 season with a 17-13 record, improving from the 2007-08 season by 12 wins, and earn the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference a year later.

Castro was an advance scout for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx in 2009-10.

Previously, Castro was an assistant men's basketball coach at Rogers State during its inaugural season in 2007-08 where they went 20-11. He also held various positions for Oklahoma women's basketball from 2001-07, including video/travel coordinator (2005-07), volunteer coach (2004-05) and manager/scout team player (2001-04).

Castro earned his degree in aviation from Oklahoma in 2004.

He and his wife, Cindy, have a daughter, Aliya (4).
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