Orono, Maine – University of Maine men’s basketball head coach Chris Markwood has announced the hiring of Tommy Freeman as the program’s Director of Operations.
“We are excited to have Tommy join our program as our new director of operations,” Markwood says. “Tommy brings a diverse background in the game of basketball. He was a tremendous player at Ohio University and professionally in Europe. He has coached at various levels around the game including college, prep school, and the AAU circuit. He is a great person , who is driven, organized, and has an energy about him that people gravitate towards.”
Freeman, who graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing in 2011 and a Masters in Coaching Education in 2018, has spent the last four years as the assistant coach for Hargrave Military Academy, where he assisted in all aspects of recruiting, scouting, player development and program management. Freeman previously served as the head and assistant coach for Team Teague from 2018-2021, where he monitored the academic progress of his student athletes, complied video highlights, and assisted in recruiting.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Coach Markwood and the exceptional staff he has assembled at the University of Maine,” Freeman says. “Coach Markwood’s history of success as both a player and a coach are a testament to his thoroughness and dedication to excellence. I look forward to joining the Orono community and being a part of this new era in Black Bear Basketball!”
Freeman served as the graduate assistant for Ohio University from 2016-2018, where he assisted with recruiting visits, scouting reports, organized summer camps and assisted in the team’s travel coordination.
Freeman enjoyed a successful playing career at Ohio University where he tallied 1,071 points and is the all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (259) and 3-point percentage (44.3%). While at Ohio University, Freeman helped lead the program to an upset over No. 3 Georgetown in the 2010 NCAA tournament. Following his collegiate career, Freeman went on to play professional basketball in Europe. He was a part of the Worcester Wolves (2011-12), the SAM Massagno (2012-13), the Windsor Express (2013-14), and the Glasgow Rocks (2014-15), before returning to Ohio University to pursue his Master’s Degree.
While playing professional basketball, Freeman served as a shooting coach from 2013-2016 for Pro Shot, where they conducted 30 shooting camps in 12-15 states, where he instructed athletes from eight to 25 years old, including current Minnesota Timberwolves star, Karl Anthony -Towns.