Laura Freimuth begins her fifth season as an assistant coach at Long Beach State.
LBSU has qualified for the Big West Tournament in each of the four years Freimuth has been a member of the staff. Last season, the 49ers also earned an at-large bid to the WNIT, marking their first national postseason tournament game in 13 years. Long Beach State finished the campaign with the program's most wins since 2005-06 as it posted a 16-16 overall record.
In 2011-12, LBSU (14-18) advanced to the Big West Tournament championship game after defeating No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge and top-seeded Cal Poly. It was the first time in 11 years that the Black & Gold had made an appearance in the finals.
Freimuth also helped lead the 49ers to a fourth-place finish in the Big West and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in 2009-10.
In 2010-11, the 49ers were back in the Big West Tournament as they finished sixth in the conference.
Prior to her arrival at Long Beach State, Freimuth had spent six years working with the USC women's basketball program. During her first two seasons with the Women of Troy, Freimuth served as a team manager, including one as head manager in 2004-05, while completing her bachelor's degree in communications. She then took a position as video coordinator while earning her master's degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs. In 2008-09, Freimuth worked as the Trojans' director of basketball operations.
Freimuth played basketball for two seasons at Fullerton College, serving as a team captain in 2002-03 and earning a scholar-athlete award in 2003.
In high school, Freimuth competed in basketball, volleyball, golf and track at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Wash., and became the first student-athlete in school history to earn 12 varsity letters.