Tony Fritz returns for his second season as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. His squad earned a postseason berth in his first season at the helm as they finished the regular season with a record of 32-18. Before being named head coach on June 9, 2009, he served as an assistant coach for two seasons (07-09) under Nate Tibbetts.
During two seasons as an assistant coach, Fritz helped guide the Skyforce to a regular season record of 53-47 (.530) and a trip to the league semifinals in 2007-08.
Fritz was originally hired as a coaching intern for the Yakima Sun Kings when former Skyforce head/assistant coach Paul Woolpert took over as head coach 32 games into the 1997-98 season. He was promoted to assistant coach the following season and remained on staff until the franchise was forced to shut down when the CBA ceased operations in February of 2001. The franchise returned for the 2002-03 season after a one-year hiatus and Fritz was hired to serve as the assistant coach for Bill Bayno. After teaching and coaching high school basketball for two seasons Fritz was reunited with Coach Woolpert in Yakima from 2005-07. He has been on the bench for four (‘00, ‘03, ‘06, ‘07) of the franchise’s five CBA championships.
In his CBA coaching career Fritz has coached several players that went on to the NBA including: Raja Bell, Mitchell Butler, Anthony Carter, Tremaine Fowlkes, Anthony Goldwire, Art Long, Darrick Martin, Anthony Miller and Ronny Turiaf.
A graduate of Central Washington University and West Valley High School, the 35-year-old Fritz resides in Yakima with his wife Cindy.