Cheney, Wash. – Eastern Washington University Women's Basketball head coach Wendy Schuller announced the addition of Jerise Freeman and Bryce Currie to the program's coaching staff Wednesday, June 4.
Freeman and Currie will join the Eagles in time for their 2014-15 campaign.
"Jerise (pronounced Jare-is) and Bryce will be outstanding additions to the Eagle family," Schuller said. "I love their enthusiastic approach for all aspects of the game and I know they will both be great coaches and recruiters. They are quality people and extremely hard workers with a variety of experiences. We are all excited to have them on board."
An assistant coach at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, for the last two seasons, Freeman brings a wealth of knowledge after having spent time with four different collegiate programs. She served as the team's defensive coordinator at Newman, assistant with scouting and conditioning programs while monitoring player academic progress and coordinating the team's summer camps.
Before her two-year stint at Newman, Freeman spent the 2011-12 season as the director of operations at Missouri State, coordinating team travel and film exchange. From 2008-11, she was an assistant coach at Butler Community College, serving as a recruiter while also assisting with scheduling and opponent scouting.
Freeman graduated from University of the Pacific in May of 2007 with a bachelor's degree in sociology with a focus in criminal justice. She spent the 2007-08 season as a graduate assistant with Pittsburg State and is currently working on her master's degree.
A standout player for the Tigers in her time at Pacific, Freeman earned Honorable Mention All-Big West honors as a senior in 2006-07, averaging 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
A Spokane native and Ferris High School graduate, Currie joins the Eagles after coaching stops at Florida Southern, Nebraska and Arizona State. He spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Florida Southern, coordinating the team's academic program while managing the booster club and working with opponent scouting, post player development and strength and conditioning.
Prior to his stay in Lakeland, Florida, Currie was a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska from 2010-12, assisting with recruiting while serving as the director of the program's individual and team camps. His first coaching stint came in Tempe, Arizona, where he spent two seasons with Arizona State's women's program as a graduate assistant. His duties included the coordination of fundraising and promotions as well as social media.
Currie spent the past season as the head coach of the girl's basketball program at Chase Middle School while volunteering with the girl's basketball program at Ferris.
Currie earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington in 2008, then went on to earn a master's in higher education from Arizona State in 2010. He received his second master's degree, this time in educational administration, from Nebraska in 2012.
Eastern brings back eight letter winners, including four starters, from last year's team that finished fourth in the Big Sky and advanced to the conference tournament.