|Previous College:||Washington State, 2004|
Helping to construct one of the top defenses in NCAA Division I basketball, assistant coach Mitch Freeman is in his fifth year as a member of head coach Joe Callero’s staff. Freeman, who also served a successful stint under Callero at Seattle University (2005-09), is Cal Poly’s lead scout in charge of game preparation and defense.
Under Freeman’s guidance during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Cal Poly twice ranked among the top 25 defensive programs in the nation. The Mustangs have also led the Big West Conference in each of the previous three seasons in points allowed per game.
Cal Poly’s defensive strength has directly translated into historic on-court success. With Freeman on the bench, Cal Poly has matched or exceeded its win total from the previous season each year – a feat not accomplished at Cal Poly for 41 years.
“Mitch Freeman has become the heart and soul of the Mustang defense,” Callero said. “His understanding of our philosophy has been key to our program’s improvement during the last four years. He’s one of the brightest young coaches in the profession. We look forward to another great year with him on our staff.”
During his four-year tenure at Seattle, Freeman helped the Redhawks to 75 victories and the program to a successful transition to the Division I level. During Freeman’s final 2008-09 campaign, the Redhawks posted a 21-8 record that translated to the program’s highest single-season winning percentage in 45 seasons.
Freeman began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as the varsity boy’s assistant at Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Marysville, Wash.). During his one season, Freeman helped the program reach the Washington state district playoffs. His overall duties with the program included the improvement of guard play, coordinating off-season conditioning sessions, scouting the opposition and video editing.
A 2004 graduate of Washington State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in health and fitness education, Freeman served as a student assistant with the Cougars (1999-04). Under Dick Bennett, Freeman assisted with video exchange and other administrative duties.
Freeman, who completed his master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in 2008, spent three years teaching in both the Seattle and Marysville school districts.
Freeman, his wife, Nicole, and son, Eli, reside in San Luis Obispo.