COACHES VISION

We use football as a vehicle to transform the hearts of our players and help them become better future workers,

husbands, and fathers.

"Building Champions while pursuing CHAMPIONSHIPS"

Coach: Ben Cochran

Position: Varsity Head Football Coach

Hometown: Redland, OR

High School: Graduated: Gladstone High School, Portland Oregon 1997

College: Pacific Lutheran University B.A., Grand Canyon University M.A.

Playing Experience: 11 years

  • 4 year HS letter

  • Oregon All-State RB and LB

  • Pacific Lutheran National Champion 1999

  • Pacific Lutheran 1999 Team Hall of Fame

Coaching Experience: Coaching 16 years,

  • Rogers High School Head Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator

  • Lincoln High School interim Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator

  • Ford Middle School, Defensive Coordinator

  • Franklin Pierce High School Football, Freshman Offensive Coordinator

Occupation: Freeman Middle School Physical Education and Health

Family: My lovely wife Crystal, twin boys Caleb and Nathan (14), my beautiful daughter Alena (11), Titus (7), Champ (LAB 2) amd 4 Chickens. 

Final Words: I once heard that a coach can impact more people in one year than most do their entire life. This is why I coach, build men. Coaching at Freeman is a blessing and I am excited about the future of Scottie Football!

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Coach: Kelly Neely

Position: Varsity Offensive Coordinator and OL Coach

Hometown: Okanogan, WA   

High School: Graduated from Okanogan High School, class of 1984

College: BA from Whitworth College (University) 1988, Masters in Ed. Tech from Lesley College 1996

Playing Experience: 10 years

  • ​6 years lettering at Okanogan Jr. High and High School

  • 3 x All league OL/LB

  • All-State OL/Punter

  • 4 year lettermen at Whitworth College

  • 2 x All-league OL

  • Small College All-American OL senior year

Coaching Experience

  • ​Freeman High School Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, OL/DL/LB/QB – 27 years

  • Lakeside, ID High School OL/DL – 1 year

  • Worley, ID Middle School Head Coach – 1 year

Occupation: Teacher at Freeman Middle School – History and Technology

Family: My incredible wife and best friend of 22 years Jen, awesome son JT (19), and amazing daughter Meg (17).  Furry children George (Cat) and Lily (Lab)

Final Words Relationships are the key to being a successful coach.  It isn’t always the wins and losses but the battles we go through each and every day together on that field.  Watching our boys grow into REAL men is the ultimate goal of coaching to me.  And, the relationships that started as a coach and player that evolve into true friendship as adults is the ultimate prize of coaching.  I feel honored to have been part of so many great programs and with so many incredible coaches in my 28 years here at Freeman.  I am pumped to be starting the next chapter of football coaching at Freeman with Coach Cochran.

GO DAWGS!

Coach: Justin Barrong

Position: Defensive Backs and Wide Receivers Position Coach

Hometown: Spokane, WA

High School: Freeman High School

Playing Experience: 11 total years; 2nd-8th grade Grid Kids, 4 years of Freeman High School.

  • 3 Year Starter

  • 2 year Second Team All-League Defense

  • 1 year Second Team All-League Offense

  • 1 year Team Captain

Coaching Experience: 1 Year

Occupation: CSR at Paytrace

Family: My small family consists of me and my 2 year old German Shepard Trey

Final Words: Growing up in the Freeman community and getting to part of the Freeman Football Family helped shape me into who I am today.  Above all, I hope to help these young men become leaders within the community that others can look up to.

Coach: Nate Garner

Position: Quarterbacks and Defensive Backs Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, JV Head Coach

Hometown: Chewelah, WA

High School: Jenkins High School

College: Eastern Washington University (BA), Liberty University (MA)

Playing Experience: Jenkins Middle School (2 years), Jenkins High School (3 years)

Coaching Experience: Jenkins High School (3 years), Jenkins Middle School (1 year), Elma Middle School (1 year), Mountain Side Middle School (1 year), Freeman Middle School (2 years), Freeman High School (3 years and counting)

Occupation: 8th grade ELA and 7th grade History Teacher (Freeman Middle School).

Family: Hollie (beloved wife of twelve plus years : ), Emma (daughter – 8), Ethan (son- 6), Knightly (dog – 1 ½).

Final Words: Rise and rise again until lambs become lions

Coach: Kohn Cottrell

Position: Offensive Line Coach

Hometown: Spokane, WA

High School: Rogers High School, Forks High School

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Coach: Tim Smetana 

Position: Defensive Line Coach

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Coach: Steve Hicks

Position: Defensive Line Coach

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Coach: Bill Depell

Position: WR Coach

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