Freitag, who has taken the Commodores to national prominence in her four years with the program, was approached by the University of Kansas about its head coach opening, local media outlets reported last week. Freitag becomes the third coach at Vanderbilt this summer to ink a long-term contract, joining Tim Corbin (baseball) and Press McPhaul (men's golf).
Last spring Freitag Vanderbilt to its first women's golf SEC Championship. The Commodores won four other championships, including a title at the NCAA Central Regional before finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. She was named the national coach of the year for 2004 by Golfweek, and was also named Vanderbilt's Coach of the Year by VandyMania this past summer.
"I have many positive reasons for wanting to stay at Vanderbilt," said Freitag in a press release Wednesday. "We have begun a tradition of excellence that I truly value. Vanderbilt is one of the few opportunities in the entire nation in which a student-athlete can strive for the best in academics and athletics. This department has proven that academic and athletic success can go together.
"I also appreciate the opportunity to work with some of the nation's finest head coaches that are on this staff," Freitag continues. "These coaches make me better. I especially was pleased when Press McPhaul (men's coach) decided to stay. We work together well and he is doing an outstanding job with the men's program."
"Martha Freitag is the finest women's golf coach in America," said Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams. "Her commitment to Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt's commitment to her, means that we will be competing for championships every year."