The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 19, 2013

Missouri Southern hires Freeman to coach receivers


From staff reports

— Missouri Southern head coach Daryl Daye has several reasons he likes the addition of Rodney Freeman to his staff.

Not only does Freeman bring experience as a college coach and Division I player, the Houston native also has connections to the coveted recruiting land of Texas.

He will coach Missouri Southern’s wide receivers after playing at Abilene Christian and Stephen F. Austin and coaching this past season at Western State (Colo.).

“Coach Freeman brings a wealth of experience at the wide receiver position,” Daye said in a news release. “He had playing experience at the Division I and II level and has coached at both the high school and college ranks. He is an excellent young coach, and his contacts in Texas will also prove vital in helping with recruiting.”

This past season, Freeman coached the wide receivers and tight ends for Western State. He was involved in directing position meetings, as well as helping script practice time and create weekly scouting reports.

Before Western State, Freeman spent a season as co-offensive coordinator at Lutheran High School in Houston. He also was the head freshman coach and assistant varsity coach at Eisenhower High School, leading the freshman squad to a 9-0-1 record and a district championship.

Freeman helped Abilene Christian to a conference championship in 2008, receiving time as a wide receiver and backup quarterback.

He joins defensive coordinator Wally Ake, co-offensive coordinator H.T. Kinney, defensive line coach Chandler Tygard and offensive line coach Derek Moore as new assistants for 2013.

The Lions will kick off the season Thursday, Sept. 5 at home against Central Oklahoma.