Heisler Announces the Addition of George Freeman and David Neville to Indiana Track and Field Staff
Sept. 13, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana director of track and field Randy Heisler has announced the addition of assistant coach George Freeman and student assistant coach David Neville to the coaching staff. Freeman, with the assistance of Neville, will instruct the Hoosier sprint corps.
"I am very pleased and excited to have George Freeman on the staff," Heisler said. "He has a tremendous and vast background that includes coaching at every level, including Olympic. With his addition, IU track and field will continue to thrive and our sprinters will benefit and continue to improve under his direction."
Freeman returns to the Indiana Track and Field staff after successful stints as an assistant at DePauw University and as the sprint development coach for the Indiana Invaders professional track and field team.
In Freeman's first tenure at Indiana, he worked under the direction of legendary head coach Sam Bell. As a Hoosier, Freeman helped develop numerous Big Ten sprint champions and NCAA All-Americans.
The Indiana men's 4x100m school record of 39.62 (Martin Hill, Jimmy McMikle, Alan Turner, Glenn Terry) was set under the direction of Freeman and is still the school record today. Following his time at IU, Freeman continued to work closely with numerous Indiana Track and Field alumni, most notably 2000 Olympian LaShundra Nathan.
During his time at DePauw, Freeman was a part of seven Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) team championships, while coaching sprints, hurdles and jumps.
Freeman spent 10 seasons as the head track and field coach at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Ind., where he coached five conference team champions, 16 state meet qualifiers and developed four NCAA Division I athletes.
Freeman and his wife, Jane, have one daughter, Leslie, who is a senior at IU, and one son, Eric, who is a freshman at Vincennes University.
Heisler also announced another addition to coaching staff. Former Big Ten champion and IU All-American David Neville recently signed a professional contract and will forgo his senior year of eligibility, but will remain a part of IU Track and Field as a student assistant coach under Freeman. Neville helped lead IU's 4x400m relay team to a fifth-place finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships and to a Big Ten relay championship last season. He clocked a personal-best time of 44.94 for third in the finals of the 400m at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, picking up his fifth All-America honor in three years. He also earned individual Big Ten championships during his junior campaign, claiming titles for both the 200m and 400m during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Neville is currently pursuing his bachelor's in music education.
"David had a great opportunity and signed a professional contract," Heisler said. "We are lucky to now have him on staff as a student assistant and it will be great for George to have him here."
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