Girls Varsity Basketball · Freshwater returns as Giants girls basketball coach


After a four-year hiatus, Jerry Freshwater is returning as the head coach of the Marion High School girls basketball team. 

Coach Freshwater is ready to hit the ground running, as the team kicks off their season in Pendleton this Thursday. 

“Basketball is my passion. I bleed purple and gold,” Freshwater said. “I am so excited with this opportunity to once again be selected as the head basketball coach of the Marion Lady Giants basketball team and program. I look forward to a long and successful tenure with the Lady Giants. Giants Fight, Never Die!”

Freshwater previously helmed the MHS girls basketball program from 2004 to 2016, leading the Giants to a 157-107 record during that time and coaching several players who continued on to success at the college level. He stepped away after the 2015-16 season, when the team won the North Central Conference title and ended with a 21-4 record. 

He didn’t give up coaching completely in 2016, however. From 2017 until last season he coached the MHS freshman boys basketball team. He also has been coaching the MHS golf teams, and he will maintain that coaching role in addition to leading the girls basketball team, with the girls golf season in the fall and boys golf in the spring.

Freshwater is a 1991 MHS graduate, and during his time as a Giants basketball player, he was a three-time All-North Central Conference first team selection and led the Marion Giants to three NCC, three sectional and two regional championships. In 2016 he was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team, which each year recognizes 18 outstanding basketball players from 25 years prior.

Marion High School is looking forward to a good season with Coach Freshwater.

“Jerry Freshwater is a Marion Giant, and he has been an extremely successful head coach with a proven record,” Marion High School Principal Keith Burke said. “He’s a winner through and through, and we’re glad to have him back at the helm for our girls basketball program.”