FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball assistant LeAnn Freeland has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Indianapolis. Freeland has been the top assistant for FGCU the past four seasons. The Eagles have compiled a 102-20 record during her tenure. In 2006-07, the Eagles finished the regular season ranked number one in the nation and made it all the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship game.
The University of Indianapolis is an NCAA Division II institution and is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Prior to joining the FGCU staff, Freeland was the top assistant at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana, also a member of the GLVC. While an assistant at USI, the team qualified for two NCAA tournaments, won two GLVC championships, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2001.
Freeland was the most decorated player in Southern Indiana history. She was named first-team Division II All-American three times, GLVC Player of the Year twice, and was inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame.
“I am really excited to be the head coach at the University of Indianapolis,” said Freeland. “I met with the team and was very impressed with their commitment level and enthusiasm. I am eager to start working with these young ladies and hope to make the most of this great opportunity.”
Florida Gulf Coast University head coach Karl Smesko said Freeland will be missed. “LeAnn has done a great job helping build our program,” stated Smesko. “She has been instrumental in our success, and I know she will do a tremendous job for the University of Indianapolis.“
Freeland said her last four years at FGCU have been a great experience. “I have really enjoyed my time here,” commented Freeland. “I have learned so much from Karl (Smesko). I feel like I have been at a coaching clinic for the last four years. He is the best coach in the country. The experience has been priceless in preparing me to be a head coach.”
Freeland will finish her duties at Florida Gulf Coast with the completion of the FGCU girls’ basketball camp, June 25-28.
FGCU will begin searching for an assistant immediately.
In other FGCU women’s basketball news: Steffi Sorensen will not be returning to the Eagles next season. Sorensen will be attending Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.
Smesko on Sorensen’s departure: “I really enjoyed coaching Steffi this year, and I appreciate all of her contributions to a great season. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.”