Pete Fredenburg is known as the man who brought the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to the college football world. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) he began his coaching career as a high school coach for Canyon High School, New Braunfels High School, and Giddings High School.
Fredenburg started his college coaching career with a 13-year tenure at Baylor University as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. While at Baylor, he won the Southwest Conference Defensive Coach of the Year. He moved on to Louisiana State University and then Louisiana Tech University where he was defensive coordinator.
In 1998, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor Cru hired him as head coach for the program’s inaugural season. Fredenburg has held this position for 20 years and seen the team through some amazing accomplishments. In just the fourth season of the program’s existence, the Cru went to the NCAA DIII playoffs and after just five years of his leadership, the Cru won its first American Southwest Conference Championship. The team finished second in the nation in NCAA DIII schools in 2004 and conquered consecutive conference championships from 2005-2017. UMHB set an ASC record in 2016 by going 15-0. This record led them to the Cru’s first NCAA Division III Championship that year. Fredenburg’s overall record in his two decades with the Cru stands at an impressive 210 wins and 39 losses.
In 2014, he was named Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year and the American Football Monthly Coach of the Year. He has been named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year ten times and in 2016 was honored as the American Football Coaches Association DIII Coach of the Year.