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Michael Robert "Mike" Fratello (born February 24, 1947 in Hackensack, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball coach also known as "The Czar of the Telestrator" because of his mastery of the telestrator. He previously coached the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

Fratello graduated from Hackensack High School, where he was captain of the basketball, baseball and football teams. He was named to the Bergen "All County" Football team as a center in his senior year. He then went on to Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey to play football. Upon graduation he returned to Hackensack H.S. as an assistant for both the basketball and football teams. Fratello then went on to the University of Rhode Island as a graduate assistant assigned to head coach Tom Carmody, and also coached the U.R.I. freshman basketball team. He had been a college basketball assistant at James Madison University under Lou Campanelli and served as an assistant for Rollie Massimino at Villanova before coming to the NBA as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks during Hubie Brown's tenure.

Fratello was head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies from December 2004 to December 2006. In his first season he inherited a 5–11 team that he turned around to win 45 games and advance to the playoffs. Fratello built on that record the following year to win 49 games and return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Before departing in December 2006, his record was 6–24 taking his overall record with Memphis to 95–87.

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