Freese Named a Senior Associate AD

Jan. 5, 2015

From CMU Athletic Communications

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan Athletics announced today that Cristy Freese been named a Senior Associate Athletics Director.

Freese has served as CMU’s field hockey head coach for the past 29 seasons. A nationwide search is currently ongoing to find her replacement. Freese will oversee the program until a replacement is named, at which time she will begin the transition to her new position.

“I first want to thank Cristy for her outstanding tenure as our field hockey coach as she built a program which was highly successful both on and off the field,” CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “Her ability to build a successful program is also a big reason I feel she will be a terrific addition to our senior leadership team. Cristy understands what it takes to create an outstanding experience for our student-athletes, which is at the core of our mission. Her ability to provide strong leadership and maintain the high standards associated with our Championship Culture will keep us all focused on excellence in the future. “

Freese is the all-time winningest coach in CMU history, finishing her career with 226 victories. She led CMU to its second Mid-American Conference Championship this past season as the Chippewas went 5-1 in conference action. Central Michigan also won the league in 2002 and captured tournament titles in 1990 and 2005. Freese is a four-time recipient of the MAC Coach of the Year Award (1987, 1989, 2002 and 2014).

“I am very excited for my new role in administration,” Freese said. “I would like to thank Dave Heeke for having confidence in my ability to make this transition. I would also like to thank Marcy Weston for being such a great mentor to me. Athletic administration has been a professional goal of mine and to have this opportunity here at Central Michigan is very special.”

Central Michigan also excelled in the classroom under Freese. In 2012, Freese received perhaps the finest tribute to her impact as a coach, as her Chippewas boasted the highest team grade point average nationally in Division I, an impressive 3.61.  CMU finished second nationally last year and has ranked in the top five the past four years.

Under Freese, 85 student-athletes have earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad honors over the past six seasons and 26 Chippewas have been placed on the Academic All-MAC team since the 2001 season. While at CMU, she has had a total of 162 NFHCA All-Academic team selections in addition to one Academic All-American.

Freese also coached 53 First Team All-MAC selections, 54 second team honorees, 25 regional All-Americans, two MAC Players of the Year and three MAC Freshmen of the Year. Under Freese, CMU made six conference championship game appearances and has advanced to the semifinals on 16 other occasions. She finished her CMU career with a record of 226-327-6 and a MAC record of 110-137.

Freese has been active as a key member of the field hockey community. She was the chairperson of the All-America Committee from 1990-92 and was the chairperson of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee from 1995-99. Most recently, she served as the first vice president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association from 1999-2004. She has also served on the Division I West Region All-America committee.

Freese graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1980 with a degree in education. She was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey and was a captain her senior year for the Buckeyes.

Freese earned her master's degree in physical education and coaching from James Madison University, where she was a graduate assistant coach for field hockey and lacrosse from 1980-82. She also was a full-time assistant at JMU from 1982-85.

Freese was the head coach at Davis & Elkins College for one season before coming to CMU in 1986.
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