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Georgian Court University Announces First Head Coach for New Baseball Program

Arlan Freeman, GCU's head baseball coach
Inaugural season to launch in 2024-2025

Georgian Court Athletics is proud to announce the hiring of Arlan Freeman as the first head baseball coach in program history. Freeman will commence in his role immediately, and the team will play their inaugural season in 2024-2025.

“This is an exciting time for Georgian Court Athletics, and we are pleased to welcome our new baseball coach, Arlan Freeman,” said Dan Sempkowski, Director of Athletics at Georgian Court University. “We believe Coach Freeman is the best fit for both Georgian Court University and our brand-new baseball program, given his dedication to ensuring his athletes leave college as the best versions of themselves, both on and off the field.”

“Coach Freeman’s experience shows an excellent commitment to everything we value at Georgian Court: athletic success, strong academics, and service,” continued Sempkowski. “We look forward to having baseball athletes on campus this spring, with a Fall 2024/Spring 2025 start of formal team training and games.”

“I want to thank Director of Athletics Dan Sempkowski and the entire search committee for selecting and believing in me to be the inaugural head baseball coach at Georgian Court University,” stated Freeman. “I look forward to building a strong and sustainable culture for this program and making GCU a competitive baseball program in the CACC and our region. I would also like to thank everyone who participated in my development as a coach. I would never be where I am today without the love and support of my family.”

Freeman has been coaching for 14 years at the collegiate level with multiple stops in Division II and III. Most recently, Freeman launched the baseball program at St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, NJ, as its first-ever head coach. As a head coach at a brand new program, Freeman possesses valuable experience in this distinct situation. He achieved success both on the field, making it to the postseason, and off the field, boasting a team GPA of 3.2 and raising $20,000 through fundraising initiatives.

Freeman launched his coaching career as a pitching coach and graduate assistant at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. He then transitioned to Lynn University as their Assistant Coach, where he coached an NCBWA All-American and had a pitcher selected in the MLB Draft.

Following his stints in Florida, Freeman made his way north to New Jersey and the CACC, assuming the role of Associate Head Coach, Pitching Coach, and head of recruiting at Felician University. He then spent three seasons at Stevens Institute of Technology as the university’s Head Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. During his tenure at Stevens, the Ducks qualified for the NCAA Tournament, set program records for wins in a season, and led Division III in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings.

Freeman assumed his first head coaching position at SUNY New Paltz. During his two-year tenure at the university, he was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year and won the team’s first postseason game in 17 years.

Freeman has also coached at various summer leagues and professional organizations, including the prestigious Cape Cod League, where he worked as a Pitching Coach and went on to produce four first-round and twelve overall MLB draft picks.

Given Freeman’s experience as a pitching coach, Georgian Court’s new baseball team can expect to have a strong mound presence. Freeman enjoys coaching fundamental baseball and placing pressure on the opponent by being selectively aggressive.

“I am excited to build a player-centric program anchored in the values of trust, selflessness, and competitiveness,” continued Freeman. “It is great to be a part of such an outstanding institution and department that will support our championship goals.”

Lions Baseball’s inaugural season will be in Spring 2025. For recruiting information, Coach Freeman can be reached at

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.