Martha Freitag
Head Coach
Third Season

Assistant Coaches
Dawn Berry

Director of Golf
Mason Rudolph

TGIF - Thank God it's Freitag.

A multi-sport star as a student-athlete and a successful teacher, recruiter and administrator as a coach, Martha Freitag consistently has shown that she can do it all.

When she was hired to coach the Vanderbilt women's golf team, though, there was only one thing on her mind - to make the Commodores national champions.

In short order, she has put the program in position to do just that by bringing in some of the best players in the nation and improving the competitive and technical approach of everyone involved.

Vanderbilt enters the 2002-03 campaign ranked among the top 10 in the nation, is considered a contender for the title in every event on the schedule and has a roster full of players who are individual champions in their own right.

Already Freitag has guided the program into the NCAA Championships for the first time ever (VU finished 18th in 2002) and to its best-ever finish at the SEC Championships (fourth in 2002). Junior Nicki Cutler became Vanderbilt's first All-America (honorable mention, 2002) in more than 30 years, and VU spent the entire 2001-02 season ranked among the top 10, including a short stint in the top spot.

She has maintained the high academic standards of the institution even as she has raised the competitive standards, as evidenced by the fact that the Commodores had two All-SEC players in 2002 as well as two SEC All-Academic selections.

Before she arrived the team never had been among the top 25. In her first season (2000-01) the Commodores were ranked from start to finish and accumulated four top five finishes against a highly competitive schedule.

She was hired June 1, 2000, following a successful run as an assistant coach at The University of Texas. She spent almost three seasons at Texas and twice during that time the Longhorns finished among the top 10 at the NCAAs, four golfers earned Big-12 academic honors and eight were All-Big 12 selections.

She has a complete understanding of the game because she has been involved with the sport at every level. She was an All-America golfer in 1993 at Stanford University (she also was a member of Stanford's 1990 national championship basketball team) and later was named to the Pac-10's All Decade Golf Team for the 1990s.

Following her collegiate career she worked as an assistant coach at Stanford before she embarked on a career as a playing professional. She competed on the LPGA Tour in 1995 and 1996, and her best finish was 20th.

In 1997 she served as a teaching professional with the Jim McLean Golf Academy in Foster City, Calif. There she was involved with the Executive Women's Golf Association and managed the instruction of the LPGA Junior Girls Club.

The former Martha Richards, she is a native of Hudson, Wis., and was the 1988 national High School Basketball Player of the Year. She is married to J.J. Freitag, a former All-America swimmer who competed on three NCAA championship teams at Stanford.

Born: Martha Alexandra Richards, October 6, 1969
Place of Birth: Hudson, Wisconsin
Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
Husband: J.J.
Alma Mater: Stanford University (1993)
Degree: Bachelor's of Arts - Communication
Honors at Stanford:
Golf All-American (1993)
Pac-10 All-Conference Team (1993)
Pac-10 Conference All-Decade Team (1990s)
LPGA Tour: 1994-96

Head Coach, Vanderbilt University, 2000-present
Assistant Coach, The University of Texas, 1998 (Feb.) -2000
Head Coach, Boise State University, 1997-1998 (Feb.)
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Stanford University, 1993-96

* Led Vanderbilt to its first ever NCAA Championship Appearance in 2001
* Highest SEC Finish Ever at #4 in 2001
* One All-American
* Six All-SEC Players
* Five All-SEC Academic Players


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