Germantown Academy Director of Athletics Tim Ginter has announced the hiring of Jonathan Freeman as the new head coach of the Varsity Girls Tennis program.
“After spending numerous seasons on both the girls and boys tennis staffs, as well as serving as a Lower School teacher since 2014, Jon understands the importance of the GA student-athlete experience,” said Ginter. “His knowledge of the players, the program, and the game make him a perfect fit. We believe he will bring stability to the program, continue its growth, and will get the most out of every student-athlete. We are excited to be able to elevate such an accomplished professional to lead our program into the future.”
Freeman has been coaching tennis, squash, and soccer at GA in a variety of roles since 2014. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for the boys and girls tennis teams during the 2020-21 school year and was the head coach of the JV boys tennis team for three years (2017-2020). Before that, he served as the varsity boys tennis assistant coach in the spring of 2016 and 2017 and coached the Middle School varsity boys tennis team in 2015.
“My journey as a student-athlete shaped my character by demanding commitment and sacrifice,” said Freeman. “I had the good fortune of being coached by several remarkable people in high school and college who inspired me to become a teacher and a coach. Germantown Academy nurtures and strengthen a wide variety of sports programs. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to grow a vibrant exciting girls tennis program within the GA athletic family.”
As a player, Freeman starred at Chestnut Hill Academy where he was the recipient of the Alumni Gold Medal Award which is awarded to the member of the Senior Class who has done the greatest service to the school and is the most representative of a CHA boy. At Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, Freeman played four years of varsity soccer and varsity squash. He served as captain for both teams his senior year. At the end of his college career, he won the George Sheldon McCook Award, which is given to a senior who exhibits diligence, conscientiousness, courtesy, self-control, and honor at all times, especially in athletic sports and contests.
Freeman has served as a third grade teacher at GA since 2014. He came to GA as a fifth grade assistant teacher in 2012-13, and served as a fourth grade teacher at SCH in 2013-14.
GA lost four senior tennis players to graduation, but will see a solid nucleus of 11 student-athletes returning to the program this fall.