University of Minnesota Duluth head coach Mandy Pearson has added her former Saint Mary's University associate head coach Jenna Freudenberg to her Bulldog coaching staff as her lead assistant beginning the 2014-15 season.
Freudenberg joins UMD after a six-year stint with the Cardinals, joining Pearson in her third year (2009-10) and quickly ascending to the title of lead assistant and, during 2014-15, associate head coach. "I am extremely excited that Jenna has decided to become a part of the Bulldog family," said Pearson. "She is a phenomenal person to work with and will bring a great deal of energy and knowledge to our women's basketball program." Freudenberg, who shares an alma mater with Pearson having played her collegiate basketball at Concordia College of Moorhead, also got her Master's of Arts in human development from Saint Mary's in 2013. As an athlete, she earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) MVP honors, a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American Honorable Mention, and participated in a pair of NCAA tournaments while with the Cobbers.
"Jenna is one of the hardest workers I have been around and is very excited to be a part of our community. The young women in our program will gravitate towards her leadership as she will spend a great deal of time helping them to improve on and off the basketball court in any way that she can! I couldn't be happier about the announcement of Jenna becoming a part of the UMD coaching staff," added Pearson. Freudenberg also comes with a strong academic profile as an eight-semester Dean's List selection at Concordia-Moorhead, three Academic All-MIAC selections, and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 Team choice as the team looks to continue the academic success it has seen off the court. While with Pearson at Saint Mary's, Freudenberg was responsible for video analysis, scouting reports, practice plans, the defensive game, as well as strength and conditioning workouts.
The past five seasons, she served as the team's recruiting coordinator to bring six All-MIAC selections, an All-MIAC MVP, and one d3hoops.com All-West Region performer. She also set up the team's camps, helped assemble fundraising opportunities, and aided in organizing volunteer activities for the team. She also worked as Saint Mary's director of intramural athletics from 2009-15 after spending a year as the assistant director. This past year, she attended the MIAC Female Women's Administrator Mentor Program as well as the Minnesota State High School League, Nike Championship, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Northern State University, and Lasallian Coaches' clinics.
A former player and student manager for University of Minnesota Duluth head coach Mandy Pearson at her last stop of Saint Mary's University will join the Bulldog bench in 2015-16 as a graduate assistant.
Chicago native and De La Salle High School graduate Natalie Williams played for Pearson during the 2014-15 campaign, appearing in nine games for the Cardinals, after serving as the team manager during her career. She graduated from SMU in May 2015 with a degree in sports management and is now pursuing a master's degree at UMD. "I am so excited for Natalie to join our coaching staff here at UMD," said Pearson. "As both a manager and a player for me when I coached at Saint Mary's , she was a huge part of our program, and we are very lucky to have her join our Bulldog family. "