Fratz, a native of Accident, Md., spent the last two years as a graduate assistant at Valdosta State. In her second season, she helped the Lady Blazers to a record of 22-10 and the 2017 Gulf South Conference title. They earned a bid to the NCAA South Region Tournament.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlynn to our Maryland family,” Frese said. “Kaitlynn bleeds Maryland through and through. She is a tireless worker and a tremendous addition to our staff. Her future is beyond bright."
“I am blessed and grateful beyond measure for this amazing opportunity,” Fratz said. “I grew up watching Maryland women's basketball emerge as one the premier basketball programs in the country. To be able to call myself a part of this family just a few years later is a dream come true. I look forward to continuing my college coaching career with the best staff in the women's game. I am thankful to be home and thrilled to be a Terp.
I want to first thank my family and friends for their continuous support. Second, thank you to the great people from Valdosta State for opening my first doors into the coaching world.”
Fratz played her junior and senior seasons at California University of Pennsylvania, where she led the Vulcans to the 2015 Division II NCAA championship. Fratz was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 14.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.2 minutes per game in her senior season.
Fratz played her high school career at Northern Garrett High School, where she was a four-year letter winner. She earned four straight First Team All-Conference honors, was named Conference Player of the Year twice. She was also twice named Cumberland Times-News All-Area Player of the Year and the Cumberland Times-News Athlete of the Year. Fratz holds career school records for points, assists and steals. She broke the Garrett County record for points (2,103) and helped lead North Garrett to a state title.