Ryan Freeburg enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Samford volleyball program.
Freeburg comes to Samford from the University of Alabama, where he was on the Crimson Tide’s staff from 2014 through 2018. He served as the team’s interim head coach for the final five matches of the 2018 season, posting a 2-3 record in SEC play.
Freeburg was an assistant coach at Alabama from February 2014 until being named interim head coach last November. Freeburg worked primarily with passing, blocking and defense.
Prior to arriving at Alabama, Freeburg was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton during the 2013 season, helping train the Flyers’ setters and middle blockers. Serving as the team’s defensive coordinator, his Dayton squad averaged 3.00 blocks-per-set, which ranked third nationally.
Prior to Dayton Freeburg spent two seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington University, where he trained the team’s serve receive, blocking and outside hitters.
Freeburg is a 2010 graduate of Purdue University, where he spent three years as a student manager for the Boilermakers and one season as a volunteer assistant coach. During the 2010 season, he helped Purdue to an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA Tournament with wins throughout the season against No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Penn State and No. 10 Illinois. He also founded the Lafayette Volleyball Academy in Lafayette, Ind., and worked with the Munciana Volleyball Club in Muncie, Ind.
The Samford volleyball program is coming off its second Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years.
Freeburg is married to the former Betsy Smith, who is also an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.