Mt. Baker HS
Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Jim Freeman graduated from Western Washington University in 1964. While at Western, he set the school record in the 3-mile run. After graduation, he began his coaching career in the sport of cross country at Mt. Baker High School. In 1975, he took over the boy’s track and field program from Bob Tisdale. He coached for twenty-four years until his retirement in 1998.
During his tenure as the Mt. Baker boy’s track and field coach, he built upon the great tradition that Bob Tisdale had started. His teams won numerous league and district titles. Mt. Baker won three state championships in 1975, 1988 and 1989. Jim’s boys medaled in every event at the state championship meet while he was the head coach, an accomplishment that he and his assistant coaches are the most proud of to this day.
Although he is retired from coaching, Jim continues to be active in many different areas helping kids. He currently teaches math at the Lummi Tribal School, he serves on the Mt. Baker School Board and he is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Whatcom Community College. Jim was inducted into the State Cross Country coaches’ Hall of Fame last year. His induction into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to the sport in Washington State.