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Coaches & Staff

Head Coach Mitch Freeman

Coach Freeman enters his fifth season as head men's basketball coach at Peninsula College where he has established the Pirates as an annual NWAC contender. 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. In 2016-17, the Pirates placed second in the North at 9-5, qualifying for the NWAC Championship Basketball Tournament for the third straight year. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 under Coach Dick Bennett (1999-04). Freeman completed his master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in 2008. In addition to his role as head men’s basketball coach, Freeman serves as the college’s Athletic Development Coordinator, spearheading fund raising efforts for athletic scholarships and managing the Pirate Athletic Association. Through his leadership, the PAA has broken fund raising records two straight years. Freeman’s family includes his Nicole, and sons Eli and Gavin.


Assistant Coach Donald Rollman

Donald Rollman

Coach Donald Rollman joined the Pirate men’s coaching staff in the fall of 2016, bringing three years of coaching experience to the program. His basketball IQ and his knowledge of strength training and conditioning helped the 2016-17 Pirates to a successful season that finally ended at the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. 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 fourth year with the Peninsula College men’s basketball program, brings almost 20 years of high school coaching experience to the Peninsula staff. Shirley's contribution to the Pirate basketball staff has helped the Pirates reach the playoffs three straight years. A former Port Angeles High School standout, he also played on a traveling club team for Peninsula College prior the Pirates returning to the intercollegiate ranks in 1997. 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 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.