Willie Freeman joined the men's basketball staff in the summer of 2015.
Freeman has been a fixture in Cullowhee having spent time as a player for the Catamounts, a graduate assistant and Director of Basketball Operations for the men's program and as an assistant on the women's basketball staff.
Prior to returning to the men's basketball staff, Freeman served as an assistant coach for the Western Carolina women's basketball program for one season. His main focus was with the Catamount post players while also organizing team travel. Prior to his appointment to the women's program he served as the men's Director of Basketball Operations for one season. He managed film exchange and team travel for the Catamounts while also assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program.
Prior to his return to Cullowhee in 2013, Freeman spent one season as the head coach of the Salem Sabres in Salem, Ore., of the International Basketball League. He led the team to a number one seed in the divisional playoffs in their inaugural season. He also spent two seasons coaching the North Salem High School Vikings to back-to-back OSAA Central Valley Conference League Championships where he was a two-time Coach of the Year selection while compiling a 41-13 record.
Freeman played for the Catamounts for two seasons from 2000-02 where he averaged 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He played alongside former Catamount great and current NBA star, Kevin Martin, for one season as a senior. He was a starter for the Catamounts from day one and later served as team captain after transferring from Spartanburg Methodist College where he served as a team captain and was a two-year starter.
Following his playing career at WCU, Freeman spent five years playing overseas in Argentina, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Uruguay and Israel. He also spent a short time with the Macon Blaze of the World Basketball Association.
Prior to embarking on his overseas career, Freeman spent one season as an assistant coach on the Smoky Mountain High School boys' basketball staff and also spent one season as a graduate assistant for the WCU men's program.
Freeman earned a degree in sports management from Western Carolina University in 2003 after graduating with an associate's degree from Spartanburg Methodist College in 2000.