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Coaches & Staff

Head Coach Mitch Freeman

Coach Freeman enters his fourth season as head men's basketball coach at Peninsula College where he found immediate success. The Pirates won the North Division title in 2015-16 and were ranked No. 2 in the Northwest Athletic Conference before suffering an upset in the first round of the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. The PC men finished 11-3 in North Division play, 18-11 overall and Freeman was named North Region Coach of the Year. Three Pirates made the NWAC North All-Star Team, four were named to the NWAC All-Academic Team, and six of his sophomores signed National Letters of Intent to play on. It was the second straight playoff appearance for Peninsula, after Freeman guided the Pirates to a third-place NWAC trophy in 2014. The Pirates participated in four community service events in 2015-16 and boasted a team grade point average of 3.1. Freeman came to Peninsula College with eight years of Division I men's basketball coaching experience. The Northwest native was a member of head coach Joe Callero’s staff for eight years, assisting Callero at Seattle University from 2005-2009 and then following his mentor to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he served as the lead scout in charge of game preparation and defense. He also was part of a recruiting staff with his primary region Washington, Oregon and California. Freeman not only worked under Collero, a former NWAACC championship coach at Highline Community College, but he also was on staff with Mark Amaral for two years before Amaral took the associate head coaching job at Pepperdine. Amaral was Peninsula’s head men’s basketball coach in 1997 when the college resurrected the program that had been dropped in 1981. He coached the Pirates for three seasons prior to taking an assistant coaching position at UC Santa Barbara. He continues to be an influential Pirate supporter. “Mitch has been on staff with, and mentored by, some outstanding coaches including former PC coach Mark Amaral and current head coach Joe Callero,” Peninsula Vice President of Student Services Jack Huls said. In addition to his role as head men’s basketball coach, Freeman will serve as the college’s Athletic Development Coordinator, spearheading fund raising efforts for athletic scholarships and managing the Pirate Athletic Association. During his stint at Cal Poly, Freeman helped construct one of the top defenses in NCAA Division I basketball. Under Freeman’s guidance during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Cal Poly twice ranked among the top 25 defensive programs in the nation. The Mustangs have also led the Big West Conference in each of the previous three seasons in points allowed per game. Cal Poly’s defensive strength directly translated into historic on-court success. With Freeman on the bench, Cal Poly has matched or exceeded its win total from the previous season each year – a feat not accomplished at Cal Poly for 41 years. Callero called Freeman “the heart and soul of the Mustang defense. His understanding of our philosophy has been key to our program’s improvement during the last four years,” he said. “He’s one of the brightest young coaches in the profession.” During his four-year tenure at Seattle, Freeman helped the Redhawks to 75 victories and the program to a successful transition to the Division I level. During Freeman’s final 2008-09 campaign, the Redhawks posted a 21-8 record that translated to the program’s highest single-season winning percentage in 45 seasons. Freeman began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as the varsity boy’s assistant at Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Marysville, Wash.). During his one season, Freeman helped the program reach the Washington state district playoffs. His overall duties with the program included the improvement of guard play, coordinating off-season conditioning sessions, scouting the opposition and video editing. A 2004 graduate of Washington State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in health and fitness education, Freeman served as a student assistant with the Cougars (1999-04). Under Dick Bennett, Freeman assisted with video exchange and other administrative duties. Freeman, who completed his master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in 2008, spent three years teaching in both the Seattle and Marysville school districts. Freeman’s family includes his Nicole, and sons Eli and Gavin.

Assistant Coach Donald Rollman

Donald Rollman

Coach Donald Rollman joins the Pirate men’s coaching staff this year, bringing three years of coaching experience to the program. Prior to coming to Peninsula, Rollman served as assistant men’s basketball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Olympic College in Bremerton, where he helped develop and move athletes on to all levels of college basketball. He also served as Bainbridge Roots AAU coach for sixth and ninth grade AAU boys teams for three years, and a spring high school player development and tournamnent coach  for Bainbridge High School. Rollman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Sciene from Central Washington University in 2013. He also earned an AA Degree from Olympic College, where he played soccer for two years, including matches against Peninsula. The Bremerton native was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, baseball) at Bremerton High School. In addition to his coaching assignment at Peninsula, Rollman coordinates the Recreation and Intramural programs and serves as Director of the Peninsula Basketball Academy, a program to develop young basketball players in our community.


Assistant Coach Brian Shirley

Coach Coach Brian Shirley, in his third year with the Peninsula College men’s basketball program, brings almost 20 years of high school coaching experience to the Peninsula staff. A former Port Angeles player, he also played on a traveling team for Peninsula prior the official restarting of intercollegiate athletics. After graduating from Peninsula, he went on to get his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. Upon returning to Port Angeles he has been long involved with the Port Angeles High School basketball programs working under multiple head coaches, including WIAA Hall of Famer Lee Sinnes where he specialized in teaching and coordinating defenses.