Jonathan Freemyer – Head Coach – Baseball Coaches
Coach Freemyer is in his first season as head coach of the OU baseball program.
Prior to coming to uOttawa, Freemyer spent five years (2018-2022) as Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU). In 2022, he helped lead the Coyotes to the program’s first KCAC Tournament Championship since 2011, the NAIA’s first opening-round appearance since 2011, and helped the program set school records for home runs and strikeouts. In 2021, Freemyer helped lead KWU to a school-record 23 conference wins.
While at KWU, Freemyer coordinated and tracked community service hours, organized and directed academic efforts, led recruitment, assisted with community fundraising, and was in charge of the program’s social media accounts.
Freemyer also served as interim esports coach at KWU, during the 2020-21 season. He led the largest esports recruiting class in school history, led the team to the program’s first Rocket League NECC Championship (2021), the Overwatch team qualified for the playoffs after going winless during the preseason and created a budget for the program. .
Prior to his time at KWU, Freemyer was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) in Alva, Okla. from 2014 to 2017 under the guidance of head coach Sam Carel. In 2016-2017, he was appointed Program Recruitment Coordinator.
While at NWOSU, Freemyer coached three all-conference players in Matt Benn (2015), Thomas Bess (2016), and BA Castro (2017). The 2016 Rangers set the school record for most conference wins in the Great American Conference (GAC) and the 2017 team achieved the first GAC sweep in school history.
Prior to becoming a coach, Freemyer spent a year in professional baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization with the Florida Complex League Rays. Prior to 2021, the team was known as the Gulf Coast League Rays. He signed as an undrafted free agent, playing both on and off the field. Freemyer had to retire due to a battle with rhabdomyolysis, but witnessed firsthand how one of the top professional teams operated and developed their players.
Freemyer graduated from NWOSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communications in 2014 and a Master of Arts in American Studies in 2017. He was three years on the diamond and four years on the basketball court for the Rangers.
He was the first GAC athlete to earn first-team honors in two sports. Freemyer finished his basketball career in the top five in NWOSU history in points, rebounds, and steals. As a senior on the diamond, Freemyer was named GAC Player of the Year, set the GAC home run record, and was the first NCAA Division II All-American in NWOSU history. with his NABC Third Team selection.