Derek Freeman Named as Men's Golf Assistant Coach

June 20, 2006

Derek Freeman, a former all-conference golfer at the University of Oklahoma, was hired as the UCLA men's golf assistant coach, the athletic department announced this week.

Freeman spent last season as OU's men's assistant coach. In 2005-06, the Sooners finished 29th at the NCAA Championship after placing seventh in the NCAA Central Regional. Oklahoma also won its first Big 12 Conference team title as all five players finished among the Top 15 individually.

Prior to his appointment at OU, Freeman served the previous three seasons (2002-05) at Oklahoma City University. As an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs (2002-03), he led OCU to a combined 15 tournament titles, including the men's 2003 NAIA championship.

Following the 2003 season, Freeman was promoted to head coach of the OCU women's program and guided the Stars to a second straight runner-up finish at the NAIA Championship. In his second season, OCU captured the NAIA women's title and Freeman was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year.

A four-year letterman for the Sooners from 1991-94, Freeman was a starter on the 1992 Sooners squad the won the Big Eight Conference championship. A three-year captain, Freeman earned First-Team All-Big Eight honors and Big Eight Academic acclaim as a senior. He played in four conference championship tournaments, four NCAA Regional Championships and four NCAA Championships while at OU. Freeman missed just five tournaments in his college career.

Freeman graduated in 1994 from Oklahoma with a BS economics. He and his wife Stephanie have two sons.

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