David Freeman begins his third season as the coach of the USC cross country team and as an assistant coach in charge of the distance runners for the track and field team.
Freeman began to lay down the foundation for the future in 2014 bringing in his first freshman class to join veterans Katerina Berdousi, Erica Capellino, Kira Soderstrom and Jenna Tong. The Trojans placed 11th at the Pac-12 Championships and 19th at the West Regional, USC’s highest finish at the regional since 2008. USC also defeated crosstown rival UCLA 27-28 in the Dual Meet, the first meet win for USC since the 2012 Aztec Invitational. Five different Trojans set 5K personal bests at the meet, including the winner Berdousi who ran 17:21.00, the sixth-fastest 5K time ever by a Trojan female.
USC had some strong moments under his leadership in 2013, including Capellino and Tong finishing 1-2 at the first USC-UCLA Cross Country Dual Meet. Many of USC’s runners established PRs and Tong went on to run her best 6K race at the NCAA West Regional.
Freeman spent the previous two seasons working at TCU where he was an assistant coach for track and cross country and served as the director of operations. Prior to that, Freeman was the head coach at Freedom High in Orlando, Fla. for one season and at Tates Creek High in Lexington, Ky. for two seasons. In 2001, Freeman was named the Area 6 Girl’s Track and Field Coach of the Year as he led the Commodores to a state runner-up finish in Class 3A.
Freeman worked with the Florida track and field team for three seasons and at his alma mater Kentucky for one season. He had an accomplished track career at Kentucky, highlighted by a trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to compete in the 1500m race. He represented Puerto Rico and finished 10th in his heat and 24th overall. Freeman graduated from Kentucky in 2005 with a degree in business management and earned his masters in business education from UK in 2009. While competing at Kentucky, Freeman was a three-time indoor All-American in the 800m and mile run. He still holds the Kentucky school record in the indoor 800m.
“I’m excited to add David to our staff,” said Smith Gilbert at the time of his hire. “He has Olympic-caliber experience and has worked his way up through the ranks as a coach. He will coach the middle distances and cross country. He is a great recruiter and can recruit the entire country as well as internationally. He will fit in nicely with the philosophy we have of `building the whole person’.”