After an extensive search led by Athletic Director Tony Taylor, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is proud to announce Coach Tiffany Frederick as the new Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach and Coach Jimbo Tolbert as the new Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach.
A Birmingham native, Coach Tiffany Frederick will serve as a full-time member of the Physical Education Department teaching Health and Physical Education classes in our 7-12 programs. Tiffany began her college basketball career at Northwest Shoals Community College where she led the state in assists, was ranked 7th in the nation in assists, was named the Most Valuable Player at Northwest Shoals. Additionally, her team won the NJCAA Division 1 State Championship in 2001. Transferring to Auburn University Montgomery in 2002, Tiffany continued her success both on and off the court. Tiffany was AUM Lady Senators’ team captain for two years, helped lead them to a National Tournament appearance in 2003 and a Sweet 16 National Tournament appearance in 2004. Tiffany was also very active with volunteer work through the Big/Little Sister Program, Lady Senators Adopt-A-Highway Program, Angels for the Elderly, “Reading Makes a Lifelong Difference” Initiative, and worked with the Special Olympics at the 2004 Basketball Nationals. Although she was very active in athletics and extra-curricular activities, Tiffany also maintained her place at the top of her class. While at AUM, she was inducted to the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society where she served as Vice President, was named to the Dean’s List and to the Vice Chancellor’s List. In 2005, Tiffany was named a member of the Who’s Who Among America’s College Students.
As a 1998 alumni of Montgomery Catholic, James “Jimbo” Tolbert is looking forward to returning to his alma mater. Jimbo will lead the Boys’ Basketball program at Montgomery Catholic. Jimbo attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 2003. While at Auburn, Jimbo served as the manager for the Men’s Basketball team for two years working with the coaches and players during practices and with the individual players during off-season workouts. In the 2000-2001 season, he was promoted to head manager where he coordinated the activities of six other managers to ensure the program ran smoothly. In addition to working as a manager at Auburn, he participated on the practice team during the 1999-2000 season and was added to the team for the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Jimbo transferred to Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he played basketball for two years. While at Lander, he was one of only three players to participate in all 28 games of the 2001-2002 season, averaging 16 minutes per game, and started in 22 games in the 2002-2003 season, averaging 17 minutes per game. Following reconstructive knee surgery, he transferred back to Auburn University to finish his college career. Throughout his college years, Jimbo participated in a number of basketball camps including the Cliff Ellis Basketball Camps, the Joe Dean, Jr. Dixie Camps, the Jimmy Tillette Basketball Camps at Samford University, the Lander University Basketball Camps, and basketball camps hosted by the University of South Alabama. Most recently, Jimbo has served as an Assistant Coach for the John Carroll Catholic High School Basketball Program in Birmingham, Alabama, which posted a 54-12 overall record in two seasons, winning the 2004 Class 6-A State Championship and a 2005 Class 6-A appearance in the Sweet 16 Northwest Regional Tournament.
Montgomery Catholic Athletic Director Tony Taylor says, “We are excited to have Tiffany and Jimbo join our basketball staff. They are both very fine people and bring a lot of talent and energy to the table. Coach Klinger and Coach Robinson left the program in a good place and we look forward to building on the momentum they have started.”