Mike Freeman arrived at Idaho in 2007 and served as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations for the 2007-08 season. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2008 as part of head coach Don Verlin’s first coaching staff at Idaho.
He is the longest-tenured member of the Idaho men’s basketball program, and he has helped the team earn three top-three WAC finishes and three postseason bids as an assistant coach. During that time, the program has earned two of its three postseason victories.
Freeman’s responsibilities include emphasis on post play and player development, as well as monitoring the academic progress of the players. In his three seasons as an assistant under Verlin, he has helped 18 Idaho student-athletes earn their degrees from Idaho and move on to successful post-collegiate careers.
Freeman came to Idaho from Lambuth University at Jackson, Tenn., where he was an assistant coach during the 2006-07 season. The team was ranked in the top 10 for 12 consecutive weeks, reached as high as fourth in the country and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. He coached the Basketball Times NAIA Player of the Year in Ivan Jenkins, who was the second overall pick in the 2007 CBA Draft.
Freeman graduated from Iowa in 2006 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sports Studies. He also earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship. While at Iowa, he was the student manager for the men’s basketball team from 2001-2006 during which time the Hawkeyes earned trips to three NITs and two NCAA Tournaments. In 2005-06, Iowa earned a 25-9 overall record, which was the second-most wins in school history. The team also finished undefeated at home for the first time in school history at 17-0 and earned a No. 3 seed at the NCAA Tournament.
Freeman is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.