Keith Freeman (left) and Scepter Brownlee (right) join ODU for 2018-19.
Keith Freeman (left) and Scepter Brownlee (right) join ODU for 2018-19.
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Freeman, Brownlee Added to Women's Hoops Staff

May 28, 2018
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. -- Head coach Nikki McCray-Penson announced the addition of associate head coach Keith Freeman and assistant coach Scepter Brownlee to the Old Dominion women's basketball coaching staff on Tuesday.

Keith Freeman comes to ODU with nearly 30 years of coaching experience, 24 of which have come as a head coach. Most recently, Freeman was an assistant and associate head coach at Wright State for six seasons from 2012 to 2018.

"Keith is a tremendous talent in every aspect of the game," said McCray. "He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in Xs and Os. What attracted me most about Keith is his passion and his love for developing young people academically, athletically and spiritually."

Freeman's most notable head coaching tenure came at Valparaiso from 1994 to 2012. Freeman went 286-247 with the Crusaders and is the all-time winningest coach in program history. Freeman also had head coaching stints at Saint Joseph's College and Huntington College. At Huntington, he was the youngest collegiate coach at 19 years old and guided the team to a National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship in 1984.

Read Freeman's full bio here

"I'm excited for an opportunity to work with Coach McCray," said Freeman. "ODU has a great history. It's obvious that Coach McCray has a passion to be great and I'm excited about the challenge ahead." 

Scepter Brownlee joins the ODU staff after serving as the assistant athletic director and boys' varsity basketball coach at King's Ridge Christian School in Georgia from 2014 to 2018. 

"The one thing I love about Scepter is his energy and love for the game," said McCray. "He is the ultimate player developer and is constantly finding ways to improve his craft. I've had the privilege to train with Scepter during my days in the WNBA. I'm very fortunate to have a self-starter that truly cares about the growth of our game."

Prior to King's Ridge, Brownlee coached for seven years on the men's collegiate side, including stints at Georgia State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee and Colby Community College. Brownlee was also a two-year letterwinner and point guard at the University of San Francisco in the early 2000s.

Read Brownlee's full bio here

"In life, you only get the opportunity to work for a person you respect, admire and call a friend, very rarely," said Brownlee. "I look at this as an opportunity to learn and to also get this program back to a championship level. The staff, players and administration have welcomed me with open arms. I am thrilled to generate relationships with the coaches of Virginia and the surrounding states and I would like to thank Nikki and Wood Selig for giving me this opportunity."

Freeman and Brownlee replace former assistants Ed Baldwin and Richard Fortune.


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