NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma men’s golf coach Jim Ragan announced today that former Sooner Derek Freeman has joined his staff as an assistant coach.
Freeman, 34, was a four-year starter at OU from 1991-94 and helped lead the Sooners to the 1992 Big Eight Conference title. He captained the team for three years and was named to the All-Big Eight and First-Team Academic All-Big Eight teams his senior season.
“I’m really excited about Derek being here,” Ragan said. “He’s obviously been around the program for a long time and understands the history of OU golf. He will help us move forward in the direction we’re looking to take the program.”
Freeman returns to OU after a successful stint at Oklahoma City University where he spent one season as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams before assuming the role of head coach of the women’s team in 2003.
As an assistant, Freeman led his OCU teams to a combined 15 tournament championships, including the men’s 2003 NAIA national championship.
After taking over as head coach of the women’s team, Freeman guided the Stars to a second consecutive second-place finish at the NAIA national championship. In his second season at the helm, OCU captured its third straight NAIA Region VI Championship and the NAIA national title.
Freeman was named NAIA Region VI Women’s Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004 and was also honored as the 2004 NAIA National Coach of the Year.
After graduating from OU with an economics degree, the Edmond, Okla., native played two years on the Canadian Tour, Mexican Tour and Nike Tour before a broken rib forced him to change careers.
Freeman spent five years as an investment banker before being hired by OCU.
Freeman said being a part of the OU golf program, however, has always been his goal.
“I’m familiar with this program and it’s truly my love and my passion,” Freeman said. “I got into coaching to someday become part of the OU family.”
“I want to thank Coach Ragan for wanting me to come back and help the program, Joe Castiglione for giving me the opportunity, and President Boren for his continued support of OU athletics.”