Faithful to his Alma Mater

Posted: February 11, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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The saying “Once a Hoosier, Always a Hoosier” sure did stick with player, student, graduate assistant, assistant coach, and then head coach Mike Frietag. Freitag’s tenure with Indiana University and the men’s soccer program lasted a resounding total of 24 years.

He was a defender for Jerry Yeagley at Indiana from 1976-1979. He won the First Team All American in 1979 prior to finishing his Bachelor’s degree in physical education and then stayed at IU to earn his master’s in sports administration.

Mike Freitag

Following his education, Freitag moved on to playing in the MLS for the San Diego Sockers for the 1980 season and then to the Denver Avalanche from 1980-1982.

In 1993, Freitag returned to Bloomington to assistant coach the men’s soccer program under his former coach, Yeagley. After 10 years of coaching beside one of the greatest soccer coaches of all time, Freitag became his successor.


Freitag coached the Indiana University men’s soccer team from 2004-2009. He led them to a championship in 2004, and to either the 2nd, 3rd, or quarterfinal round in each of the other years. He won Big Ten Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007 and his team won the Big Ten Championship in 2006.

Mike Freitag’s career shows the importance of Indiana University’s Alma Mater.


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