Nolan Freeman, a North Ridgeville, OH native, enters his third season as the pitching coach for the Utica Blue Sox after playing two years in Utica, and is the second longest tenured member of the team behind head coach Doug Delett.
Freeman played his high school baseball for North Ridgeville High School, right outside of Cleveland, OH. After completing his high school career for the Rangers, Freeman graduated in 2014.
He then moved on to Mercyhurst North East, a community college located right outside of Erie, PA where he pitched two seasons for the Saints. During his time in North East, Freeman posted a 11-7 record on the mound with three complete games. He is tied for the most career wins in Saints program history and led the team in wins (8) and strikeouts (68) in his sophomore year.
Following the 2016 season with Mercyhurst North East, Freeman made the short drive down I-90 to Mercyhurst University in Erie. He made seven appearances for the dominant Laker program during three seasons which were unfortunately plagued with injury. He was a part of two Mercyhurst squads to make the NCAA DII College World Series.
During his time in college, Freeman pitched for two years in Utica. The 6’6 righty went 4-3 in 14 appearances for the blue and white. He was a part of the Blue Sox 2016 PGCBL runner-up finish.
This spring Freeman just finished his first season as the pitching coach for Sprayberry High School outside of Atlanta, GA. Sprayberry has produced 18 professional baseball players including current Red Sox second baseman Michael Chavis and former major leaguer Marlon Byrd.