August 7, 2013

W&L Names Dana Freeman Head Women's Track & Field Coach

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Dana Freeman as head women’s track & field and assistant women's cross country coach effective immediately. 

“I am delighted to introduce Dana Freeman as our next head coach of women's track and field,” said Hathorn.  “Dana's successful experiences in coaching track and field at the collegiate level have been excellent preparation for her to assume this position, and her demonstrated ability to understand the DIII student-athlete model was a key factor in why we believe she will be highly successful at W&L. She fully understands the high expectations that surround this program and I am certain she will maintain the tradition of excellence that we have come to expect of our athletes who compete in track and field for the Generals. I want to welcome Dana to our campus and community, and I look forward to many years of serving beside her in this role.”

Freeman comes to W&L after serving as an assistant track & field coach and director of student-athlete support services at Ashland University for the last three years.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity and extremely excited to join Washington and Lee University as the next head women's track and field coach/assistant cross country coach,” said Freeman.  “I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that has been established here, and I can't wait for the season to begin.”

While at Ashland, Freeman served as a mentor for the long jump, triple jump, high jump and combined events athletes, helping lead the men’s program to one conference title and three NCAA Division II National Runner-up finishes.  The women’s program also finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, Ashland athletes won 17 individual conference championships, while receiving 12 All-America citations and breaking seven school records.

Freeman was also responsible for recruitment of student-athletes for the jumping events and assisted in every facet of the day-to-day operations of the track & field program.  She also handled the department’s ticket sales for football and assisted with the scholarship monitoring for the entire athletic department and served on the athletic financial aid committee.  She also served as faculty advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years.

Prior to arriving at Ashland, Freeman served as an assistant track & field coach at Roanoke College for the 2009-10 school year, helping the Maroons’ women’s program to ODAC Championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

From 2006-09, Freeman was an assistant track & field coach and assistant to the athletic director at the College of Wooster.  She also served as the interim senior women’s administrator for the 2008-09 school year.  At Wooster, she coached 15 all-conference honorees, including four conference champions.  Her coaching experience also includes stints at Radford University (2003-04) and Campbell University (2002-03).

Freeman is a 2001 graduate of Kent State University where she earned a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in sport management.  She participated on the Golden Flashes track & field team, earning all-conference honors in the pole vault for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  She is currently working towards completion of a master of education in sport sciences at Ashland.

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