Cal Poly basketball assistant Freeman takes JC job in Washington

jscroggin@thetribunenews.comJuly 31, 2013 

Joe Callero tweeted about a job opening, and within an hour and a half, the Cal Poly men’s basketball head coach had already received calls from three interested parties and inquiring media. 

Having just replaced a departing assistant coach earlier this summer, Callero is looking for another one. 

Mitch Freeman, who followed Callero from Seattle University to Cal Poly in 2009, has accepted the head coaching position at Peninsula (Wash.) College, a junior college that brings Freeman back home.

“Part of having a successful team for a couple of years,” Callero said, “coaches get an opportunity. It’s been bittersweet but mostly sweet.”

This comes following the hire in June of former Washington assistant Paul Fortier, who replaced fourth-year Mustangs assistant Omar Lowery after Lowery left to join the staff at San Jose State in April. 

Callero said the timing of Freeman’s departure was perfect because it afforded Cal Poly a full staff through the recruit evaluation period, which ended this past weekend. 

Callero said Freeman finished his recruiting trip Sunday, flew to Washington on Monday and accepted the new job Tuesday. 

Because many coaching changes have already taken place, the candidate pool will be limited at this time of year, but the Mustangs should have an interested internal candidate. 

Mitch Reaves, Cal Poly’s director of basketball operations for the past four seasons, also came with Callero from Seattle, where he served in the same capacity for one season, and has designs on becoming a full-time assistant. 

Reaves has been responsible for administrative duties with the Mustangs but did serve as an on-court assistant and recruiter last offseason when Freeman was hospitalized with a severe flare-up of ulcerative colitis. 

Reaves resumed his administrative role when Freeman returned, and Freeman is 100 percent healthy now, Callero said.

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