Marquette University head volleyball coach Pati Rolf named former Golden Eagle Erin Freer as an assistant coach on January 16, 2006. Freer joins former teammate assistant coach Erica Heisser to complete Rolf's staff.
"We are very excited to have Erin joining us," said Rolf. "She is young, dynamic and shows tremendous potential as an assistant and future coach. She understands what it takes to play at this level, and what it will take to play in the BIG EAST Conference. She has big shoes to fill with Todd Nelson's departure, but I can think of no other person with more potential."
Freer, a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles from 2001-2004, helped lead the team to 22-7 record, the best Division I record in school history, and an appearance in the Conference USA championship game in 2004. She graduated from Marquette in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Freer etched her name in the Marquette record books, finishing her career as Marquette's all time-digs leader, with 1,405. That smashed the old mark of 1,234 set by Keelyn Krill. Freer finished the 2004 season as Marquette's digs leader with 411 (4.11 per game) along with leading the team in digs 21 times that season.
"She was one of the finest libero's in the county and she has a clear understanding of the game," added Rolf. "Her strength will be her ability to train our passers and defensive players. I could not imagine a stronger mentor for our young players. Something most people outside of our program and camps don't know is her uncanny ability to connect with people and most importantly young people."
Prior to Marquette, Freer was an administrative assistant for the American Heart Association. At the American Heart Association, she provided customer service and administrative support to volunteers, sponsors, donors, as well as the Executive Director, Corporate Events Directors and Gala Director of the Metro Milwaukee area. Among other daily responsibilities, she supported three fundraising events: the Milwaukee Heart Ball, the Go Red For Women Luncheon and the Racine Heart Walk.
"I am extremely excited about being back at Marquette in a coaching capacity," Freer said. "My time as a player at Marquette has given me the tools to succeed in this new role. I hope to carry the same amount of enthusiasm I had as a player to my role as a coach. I look forward to the challenge ahead and I am thrilled to be back as a member of the Golden Eagle family!"
"What I find most fascinating is two of Marquette's finest players, Erica Heisser and now Erin Freer, are working for MU," said Rolf. "I am proud that these young woman want to give back to their sport and most importantly to coach at this level. Athletes coming into the program have a lot to look forward to, working with these talented young ladies."