Dana Freeman is in her fifth season as head women’s track & field and assistant women's cross country coach at Washington and Lee. In her first four years, the Generals finished at least third at every ODAC Championship, including second-place finishes at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Indoor ODAC Championship and the 2016 and 2017 Outdoor ODAC Meet.
The Generals have broken 22 program records over the course of Freeman's first four seasons, and claimed 27 individual ODAC titles. Freeman has had athletes qualify seven times for National Championship meets, highlighted by Dana Lee's ’17 six appearances in the long jump.
In 2016-17, the Blue and White claimed second at both the indoor and outdoor ODAC Championship for the second consecutive year. W&L won six events at the indoor championship, which marked the most in program history, as the team finished second by just 4.5 points.
During the 2015-16 season, the Generals took second at both in the indoor and outoor ODAC Championship, and finished second by just two points at the indoor championship. Lee qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump for the indoor and outdoor meets, and earned All-America honors by taking eighth at the indoor competition.
Lee advanced to the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championship in 2015, earning All-America accolades at the indoor championship with an eighth-place finish. Lee and Janey Fugate ’14 both qualified for the outdoor championship, which marked the first time since 2009 that the Generals had two athletes qualify for an NCAA Championship.
In 2013-14 with Freeman at the helm, Lee qualified for the NCAA Championship in the long jump in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Lee was the first indoor national qualifier since 2009 and earned All-America honors at the outdoor meet by finishing seventh. It marked W&L's first All-American since 2009.
Freeman came to W&L after serving as an assistant track & field coach and director of student-athlete support services at Ashland University for the last three years.
While at Ashland, Freeman served as a mentor for the long jump, triple jump, high jump and combined events athletes, helping lead the men’s program to one conference title and three NCAA Division II National Runner-up finishes. The women’s program also finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, Ashland athletes won 17 individual conference championships, while receiving 12 All-America citations and breaking seven school records.
Freeman was also responsible for recruitment of student-athletes for the jumping events and assisted in every facet of the day-to-day operations of the track & field program. She also handled the department’s ticket sales for football and assisted with the scholarship monitoring for the entire athletic department and served on the athletic financial aid committee. She also served as faculty advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years.
Prior to arriving at Ashland, Freeman served as an assistant track & field coach at Roanoke College for the 2009-10 school year, helping the Maroons’ women’s program to ODAC Championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
From 2006-09, Freeman was an assistant track & field coach and assistant to the athletic director at the College of Wooster. She also served as the interim senior women’s administrator for the 2008-09 school year. At Wooster, she coached 15 all-conference honorees, including four conference champions. Her coaching experience also includes stints at Radford University (2003-04) and Campbell University (2002-03).
Freeman is a 2001 graduate of Kent State University where she earned a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in sport management. She participated on the Golden Flashes track & field team, earning all-conference honors in the pole vault for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She is currently working towards completion of a master of education in sport sciences at Ashland.