New Gateway boys basketball coach ready to get to work
Daryn Freedman met with his new players for the first time on Monday.
Conditioning workouts and time in the weight room were on the menu.
The new Gateway varsity boys basketball head coach said he's excited to get things going and see what can be put together with the new and returning talent.
“From my time in Pittsburgh in coaching at Duquesne, coaching AAU basketball and running camps, this is one of the more desirable positions,” said Freedman, who spent the past five seasons as the head boys coach at the Kiski School.
“There is a lot of talent on the current varsity team and in the pipeline,” Freedman said.
Freedman was hired last week by the Gateway School Board, and he replaces Mitch Adams, who led the Gators to WPIAL Class AAAA championships in 2011 and 2012 before resigning late last month.
“I definitely had the itch to coach again this season,” Freedman said.
Gateway is coming off another playoff season in 2013-14, and the Gators were 9-5 in Section 2-AAAA and 14-10 overall.
The team beat Upper St. Clair, 68-50, in the first round of the playoffs before an 82-73 overtime loss to Kiski Area in the quarterfinals at Plum.
Seniors Daylon Harris and Dom Fultz and junior Aiden Howard are some of the returning talent who will work with Freedman in his first year.
“We're going to play a different style of basketball, and the kids have to learn that,” Freedman said. “My goal is for us to be the best defensive team in the WPIAL and the state. It's going to take some work, a lot of conditioning and some time in the weight room.”
Freedman has a connection to Gateway. His wife graduated from the school in 1996, his nieces are in the district, and his in-laws live in Monroeville.
Gateway athletic director Randy Rovesti said Freedman's strong resume stood out.
Freedman worked in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and on the staffs of John Calipari at the University of Memphis and Ron Everhart at Northeastern and Duquesne.
Freedman also was an assistant coach at Sewickley Academy. He runs the Basketball Stars of America summer program and has worked for Five-Star Basketball Camps.
“We're pretty excited,” Rovesti said. “He's been with a lot of good people. John Calipari spoke highly of him, as did Ron Everhart. We feel pretty fortunate to get a guy with a huge basketball background. We had other good applicants, but he stood out. We're very excited to get a man with his resume.”
Rovesti said Freedman was hired in a unanimous vote by the school board and will make about $7,500.
Trib Total Media staff writer Kevin Gorman contributed to this report.