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   PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College head men’s basketball coach Mitch Freeman announced today that he will continue his collegiate coaching career at Corban University, a private NAIA Division II Christian college of about 1,200 students in Salem, Oregon. Assistant coach Donald Rollman accepted the position as interim head coach for the Pirates for the 2018-19 season.

   Freeman completed his fifth year at Peninsula with a runner-up finish at the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in March. He posted 88 wins against 55 losses in five years, reaching the playoffs four straight years and winning the North Region title in 2015-16.

   “We’re sad to see Mitch go. He’s been a model head coach,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life, “but we also support our coaches with their careers and I know he’ll be successful as a head coach at the four-year level. Corban is a great fit for Mitch and his family. The Warriors will definitely benefit from all he brings to the table.”

   In the meantime, Peninsula’s assistant coach Donald Rollman has been preparing for this opportunity for six years.

   “Our normal process is to conduct an immediate national search for a new head coach and Athletic Development Coordinator, but we felt it was in the best interest of our players, our recruits, and the program to give Donald an opportunity,” Ross said. The former Bremerton High School three-sport athlete will serve both the coaching and fund-raising roles as an interim.

   Rollman was on the coaching staff at Olympic College in Bremerton from 2013 to 2016. He joined Coach Freeman’s staff in the fall of 2016 where he’s had a very positive impact on the program, working alongside Port Angeles native Brian Shirley, Peninsula’s other assistant. The Pirates had two straight runner-up finishes in the North Region and this year, the third best finish in Pirate basketball history, a second-place showing at the NWAC Tournament. Rollman has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University. In addition to coaching, he will serve as Athletic Development Coordinator, overseeing athletic scholarship fund raising efforts.

   “I am very excited to have the chance to lead this program,” Rollman said. “The opportunity to lead, coach, and help these young men succeed is one that I am very grateful for and to be able to do it at a place like Peninsula College and Port Angeles is special. My two years as an assistant here with Coach Freeman have been an unbelievable time of learning and growing that I will always keep with me and for that I am thankful. I can’t wait to get start this new adventure as head coach at Peninsula College. Go Pirates!”

   Meanwhile, Coach Freeman is excited about his new opportunity.

   “I want to thank Dr. Robins, Vice President Jack Huls, Athletic Director Rick Ross, and the entire Peninsula College community for supporting my family and I over the past five years,” Freeman said. “To all the players who have put on a PC Jersey, thank you for making Peninsula College a high caliber program that has competed at the top of the conference year in and year out. Lastly, to all the community businesses and families who helped me create additional resources for our student athletes, you are amazing.”

EVERETT - The Pirates won back-to-back games at the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships last weekend to punch their ticket to the Final Four where they tip off at 2 p.m. March 17 against Linn-Benton in the first of two Saturday semifinals.

The Final Four trip is the second for Peninsula under head coach Mitch Freeman, who took his team there in 2014-15 in his second year at the helm of the Pirates. That team placed third, but this year's PC men have their sites set on the NWAC championship. Standing in the way are the Linn-Benton Road Runners.

The two teams have a lot in common. Peninsula is ranked No. 8 in the latest NWAC Under Armour Coaches' Poll, just behind seventh-ranked Linn-Benton. The Pirates finished second in the North Region with a 9-5 record, 21-10 overall. The Road Runners placed second in the South Region at 10-6 and 22-9.

In their only meeting of the year, back on Dec. 30, the Pirates defeated the Albany, Oregon men 77-72 at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament.

The Pirates advanced to the Final Four with an 87-74 opening round victory over Clackamas and then a 69-59 win over fifth-ranked South Puget Sound in the Elite 8. The Road Runners, meanwhile, knocked off a strong Edmonds team, 81-72, and followed that up with an 84-75 Elite 8 victory over the defending NWAC champion and third-ranked Walla Walla Warriors.

The winner of Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinal match will take on the winner of the 4 p.m. semi, pitting second-ranked Portland against North Idaho, ranked in a tie for fifth in the latest poll, in the 2018 NWAC Championship, set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All games are at Everett Community College.

EVERETT – The Pirates open Northwest Athletic Conference post season play this week, the women tipping off at 10 a.m. Thursday against the NWAC’s top-ranked Umpqua and the men opening at 8 a.m. Saturday against Clackamas.

This year marks the seventh straight year head coach Alison Crumb has qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. Her Pirates placed fourth in the North Region with a 6-6 conference record and an 8-16 overall mark. They will tackle Umpqua (15-1, 28-1) in the second game of the tournament Thursday at the Everett Community College gym.

The Pirate men qualified for the fourth straight year under head coach Mitch Freeman, who is wrapping up his fifth year at Peninsula. The PC men (9-5, 19-10) placed second in the North Region and will play the first game of the men’s opening round at 8 a.m. Saturday against the South Region’s third-place finisher Clackamas (9-7, 17-12).

See the complete tournament bracket on the NWAC web site.

All games will be live streamed on NWAC Sports Network.