Freeman named WSU assistant coach


Wright State women's basketball coach Mike Bradbury has announced the hiring of former Valparaiso head coach Keith Freeman as an assistant coach for the Raiders.

"We are very excited to have Keith join our coaching staff," said Bradbury.  "To have his more than 20 years of experience on our staff will be a real asset to our program."

"I appreciate the opportunity to work with Mike Bradbury and join his staff," said Freeman.  "I'm looking forward to help build the program and compete for the Horizon League title."

Freeman spent 18 years as the head coach of the Crusaders from 1994-2012 and compiled a record of 286-247, including four 20-win seasons.  In 2001-02, he led Valpo to a record of 26-7 and an appearance in its first-ever post-season tournament, defeating Michigan and Ball State in the Women's NIT before falling to Houston.  Freeman was also a finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award that season.

The following two seasons saw Valparaiso win its first Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) titles and advance to the NCAA Tournament each time, facing Purdue in 2003 and Kansas State in 2004.  As the Mid-Con's all-time winningest coach, Freeman was named twice named the league's Coach of the Year.

Before going to Valparaiso, Freeman also coached two years at his alma mater, Huntington, before serving four years as the head coach at Saint Joseph's in Indiana.  While at Saint Joseph's, he compiled a stellar four-year record of 85-28. The Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1991-92, Freeman led the Lady Pumas to the GLVC title and the Midwest Regional Championship that season, advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

Along with his 24-year women's basketball coaching career, where he posted a 415-294 record, Freeman also was the head men's basketball coach at Huntington from 1985-89.  He also was Athletics Director at Saint Joseph's during the 1993-94 academic year after serving as Assistant Athletic Director from 1991-93.  

Freeman graduated Cum Laude from Huntington in 1986 and received his Master's of Business degree at Ball State the following year.



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