Nova Southeastern Tabs LeAnn Freeland to Head Women's Basketball Program
Nova Southeastern University Athletic Director Michael Mominey announced today that LeAnn Freeland will take over the helm of the NSU’s women’s basketball program.
“We were looking for specific qualities and characteristics in a new leader for our women’s basketball program and Coach Freeland fit that mold from A to Z,” Mominey said. “Her passion to be successful was evident from the very first time I spoke with her and her drive to be the best was confirmed by everyone she had met with on campus throughout the interview process. Coach Freeland has experienced the highest levels of success at the Division II level as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach and as a head coach. That alone speaks volumes in terms of where we expect the NSU women’s basketball program to be. Today we begin the commitment to make that happen.”
Freeland leaves her current role as head coach at University of Indianapolis and will officially take her post as head coach at NSU on April 4th. She will take over the Shark women’s basketball program that was under the one-year interim direction of NSU’s Associate Athletic Director and SWA, Ann Walker. Since the inception of the women’s program, she becomes just the second full time head coach in the program’s young history. "Nova Southeastern University is an impressive institution located in beautiful South Florida,” Freeland said. “The commitment to developing the total student-athlete is evident in the facilities and atmosphere. This is the perfect fit for me and I am ecstatic to be named the head women's basketball coach."
In just four years at the helm of the UIndy Greyhounds, Freeland has already established herself as one of the premier head coaches in Division II. After taking over the program in June 2007, she has taken the UIndy women’s basketball program to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2009, 2010), an NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” appearance in 2009 and the program’s highest-ever national ranking at No. 2 in 2010 en route to earning GLVC Coach of the Year honors.
Freeland opened her first head coaching stint at UIndy winning the first 11 games of the 2007-08 campaign setting a new school record for wins to start a season. Just two years later, she rolled off an impressive 24 consecutive wins to start the year breaking the old record. She finishes her four-year stint with the Greyhounds with an 89-35 (.718) overall record and owns the highest winning percentage of any coach in UIndy women’s basketball history.
Freeland has mentored nine All-GLVC performers and 19 Academic All-Conference players in four seasons with UIndy. She has also coached two NCAA Division II All-Americans and one Academic All-American.
Freeland, a former assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, took over the helm at UIndy in June of ‘07 as the seventh head women’s basketball coach in program history. The previous four seasons, she was the top assistant for FGCU and helped the Eagles compile an impressive 102-20 record during her tenure. In 2006-07, Freeland helped the Eagles finish the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation, making it all the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. FGCU was a staggering 63-3 in her final two seasons.
Prior to joining the FGCU staff, Freeland was the top assistant at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana. There, she helped lead the program to 78 wins, one Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season title and two GLVC tournament championships, as well as two NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2001 squad advanced to the NCAA DII Elite Eight. She spent the 1998-1999 year as a social studies teacher and volleyball and basketball coach at Castle Junior High in Newburgh, Ind.
She ended her playing career as the most decorated player in Southern Indiana history. She was named First-Team Division II All-American three times, GLVC Player of the Year twice, and was inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame. She led the Screaming Eagles to the 1997 NCAA Division II Championship game.
Freeland was named the College Sports Magazine Player of the Year in 1995. She set six career records at USI, including scoring (2,269) and rebounding (961), as well as three single-season marks and three single-game marks. She was inducted to the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2004 and was one of ten players nominated for the NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team in 2005.
With over 12 years of collegiate coaching experience at the Division II level, Freeland is already gearing up for when she arrives in two weeks.
"When I met with the team during my initial visit, the players expressed their desire to have a discipline-oriented coach,” Freeland said. “Discipline and consistency are my strengths, and what I will bring to the program upon my arrival. Our players and staff will work together to establish Nova Southeastern as a power in NCAA Division II."
Mominey added, “We were very aggressive in our search for our new head coach for women’s basketball. Given the resources, the facilities and the administrative support that we have here at NSU, our expectations are to be very competitive on the national level in the very near future.”