Freeman named Women's Track & Field interim assistant coach
Jan. 16, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Women’s Track & Field interim head coach Rose Brimmer has named Michelle Freeman interim assistant coach for the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons. Freeman previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Longhorns for 10 years and has worked as the team’s strength coach for the past five months.
“Michelle will be such an excellent addition to our staff,” Brimmer said. “She is familiar with our system, she is already a part of the staff family and has been a part of it since I arrived here. She knows what we do, she knows how we do it, and she does a great job preparing the kids for their races. I think she’s going to be a great asset.”
A standout professional sprint-hurdler, Freeman achieved impressive success on both the national and international levels. The 1997 world indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles, Freeman is also a three-time Olympian, having competed for Jamaica at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She was a member of the Olympic bronze-medal winning Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team in 1996, where she also reached the final of the 100-meter hurdles. Freeman won two additional world championship medals during her career, including a silver in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a bronze at outdoor world’s in 1997. She was also the gold medalist in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in British Columbia.
Freeman owns a stellar collegiate racing record at the University of Florida, where she competed in 1991 and 1992. She earned eight All-America honors, including one as a member of the Gators’ 1992 national champion 4x400-meter relay team, and was a seven-time Southeastern Conference champion. The records Freeman set at UF in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles still stand today, and her accomplishments on the track led Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Freeman as a “Gator Great” in 2011.
A native of Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica, Freeman resides in Austin.