Missouri State head coach Nyla Milleson completed her 2011-12 Lady Bear coaching staff in early August, with the addition of Jerise Freeman as director of basketball operations.
In her first year as director of operations, Freeman will oversee Missouri State's film exchange and equipment operations, while coordinating team travel arrangements and assisting with Lady Bear basketball camp operations.
Freeman comes to Missouri State after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at NJCAA Division I Butler (Kan.) Community College. She helped guide the Grizzlies to a 48-46 record during her tenure, including a 20-12 mark this past season. Prior to her time at Butler, Freeman served as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II Pittsburg (Kan.) State, where her duties included coordinating opponent scouting, monitoring academic progress and pre-season conditioning and coaching duties.
Freeman played collegiately at Division I University of the Pacific for two seasons, earning honorable mention All-Big West Conference accolades as a senior in 2006-07. She began her college career at Seward County (Kan.) Community College, where she helped the Lady Saints to a 67-8 record and two Region VI titles.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Freeman enjoyed a standout prep career in which she led Wichita Heights High School to back-to-back Kansas 6A state championships and a 45-5 record over her final two seasons as a Falcon. Freeman earned a bachelor's degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from Pacific in 2007.