Coach Marybeth Freeman, a five-time NCAA Division I champion as a player and coach, is the elected President of the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association, the organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. Coach Marybeth will be joining the Mayhem coaching staff in the spring of 2019 both on the field and on the sidelines. Marybeth will also be serving as Mayhem’s Director of Recruiting and Collegiate Development, whose goal it will be to counsel MLFHC families through the considerations, decisions, and events of the collegiate field hockey recruiting process.
Marybeth most recently served as the Head Coach of Temple University. Since her debut in 2015, Freeman has had five Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region selections, seven All-BIG EAST selections and a Longstreth/NFHCA All-American. Her teams have also excelled off the field, particularly in 2016 when the Owls tied for fifth among all NCAA Division I field hockey teams with a program grade-point average of 3.56. Temple had a program-record 18 players named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad in 2018, the second-most in the BIG EAST, after having 16 in the previous two seasons.
Freeman came to Temple after spending five seasons as the Head field hockey coach for Columbia University, where she was named Iy League Coach of the year. Previously, she served as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland for seven seasons, winning three national championships with the Terps.
After leading Columbia to 12 wins in 2014, tying for the second-most in program history, Freeman was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year. Her 2014 squad finished with a record of 12-5, and junior midfielder Christina Freibolt was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year as well as being named to the All-Region First Team and All-America Third Team.
Freeman’s tenure at Columbia included a 10-win season in her first as head coach, and a pair of nine-win seasons in 2011 and 2012. The Lions’ schedules were among the most difficult in the nation for the past two seasons. She leaves Columbia after producing seven NFHCA All-Region selections over her five years with the program.
While at Maryland, Freeman played an integral role in the team’s national titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008. After three seasons as an assistant coach, Freeman was promoted to associate head coach in 2007. The Terps also won three ACC titles in her time on staff, in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Among other responsibilities, Freeman was tasked with developing the Terps’ defense and goalkeeping unit. Three-time All-American Kathryn Mason led the nation in goals against average twice under Freeman’s guidance, and was the first ever Terp goalkeeper to be honored as a First Team All-American.
Freeman has also served as the head goalkeeping and defense coach for the US Field Hockey High Performance Mid-Atlantic Region, in addition to working with the US Field Hockey Futures program.
She is a 2003 graduate of Old Dominion University, and helped the Lady Monarchs win national titles in 1998 and 2000. The four-year starter also led her team to a Colonial Athletic Association title in each year of her collegiate career. In addition to her success on the field, Freeman excelled in the classroom as she was a four-year NFHCA Academic All-American.
Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from ODU in 2003, and earned her master’s in education from Maryland in 2008.