Athletics Top 10

Nov 02, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University's athletic teams had plenty to celebrate throughout the 2017-18 season. In addition to success on the field, they also demonstrated success in the classroom. Here are the Top 10 FHU Athletics' moments during the past year.

Athletics Rebrand

Oct 19, 2018

Freed-Hardeman unveiled a new athletic identity at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. The launch followed a year of research, feedback and work by a committee comprised of student athletes, staff and a creative team.

The process included hundreds of initial sketches, resulting in final marks to meet the needs of each sport. The campus is transitioning to the new logo on athletic uniforms, signs and across media platforms. “People already have seen the new look on the website and social media,” Mike McCutchen, FHU athletic director, said.

In discussing the launch, FHU President David Shannon added, “Athletics is important to life at Freed-Hardeman, as it ignites unity, brings excitement to campus and shapes the lives of student athletes. I am confident that this refreshed identity will represent the excellence that we see on the court and field and in the classroom from our student athletes and coaches.”

Dale Neal National Coach of the Year

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University Head Coach Dale Neal was named the 2017 United States Marine Corps/WBCA National NAIA Coach of the Year. Neal was selected by his peers after leading his team to an exceptional season. This marked his 47th year in coaching.

Tennis Returns to FHU Spring 2018

Jun 29, 2017

The university administration has announced that men’s and women’s tennis will return to FHU beginning Spring 2018. Stark Davis, FHU criminal justice professor, has been named coach of the teams and has recently begun preparations for the Spring 2018 season.


Ssempa Wins Heart of a Lion

Jun 29, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University’s men’s soccer player Nassar Ssempa was honored April 27 at the Sports Advisory Council Benefit as the 2017 Charlie Smith Heart of a Lion Award recipient.

SAC Benefit with Rick Barnes

Jun 29, 2017

Rick Barnes, head coach of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team, spoke at Freed-Hardeman University Thursday, April 27. FHU’s Sports Advisory Council hosted the dinner to raise funds for the university’s intercollegiate athletic program.

Your Strength: His Glory

Jun 24, 2016
Nolan, Ana, Evan and Nina share their experiences as Freed-Hardeman students and intercollegiate athletes — and why their most important work is using their strength for God's glory.

SAC Hosts Butch Jones

Jun 22, 2016
Butch Jones, head football coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, spoke at Freed-Hardeman University April 22, 2016. FHU’s Sports Advisory Council hosted the dinner and speech to raise funds for the university’s intercollegiate athletics program. Following his remarks, Jones answered questions from the audience and met guests for photos.

Aponte Wins Heart of a Lion Award

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University women’s soccer player Ana Aponte was named the 2016 Heart of a Lion Award recipient. The Charlie Smith Heart of a Lion Award is given annually to an FHU senior athlete who has demonstrated qualities of courage, determination, hard work, exemplary performance and service to others.

Sanderson to Lead Men’s Basketball

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University has named Jim Sanderson, former head coach at Faulkner University, the new head coach of the Lion basketball program. He began his duties June 1.

Track and Field Joins FHU Spring Sports Slate

Jun 21, 2016
Freed-Hardeman University will add track and field to its intercollegiate offerings next spring, according to Mike McCutchen, athletic director. Derrick Spradlin, cross country coach, will also coach the track and field team.

We Are the Champions!

Jul 16, 2015
Lion and Lady Lion teams won three conference championships this year. In only their second year of competition in the American Midwest, FHU teams proved a force to be reckoned with.