‘He’s made us proud,’ Community members in Marcus Freeman’s hometown show support
HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio— Community members in Marcus Freeman’s hometown are proud of what the 35-year-old Ohio State University graduate has already accomplished during his time as defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish.
“The people of Huber Heights could not be prouder of Marcus Freeman and what that does for our community in terms of the reputation that he holds. He had a great reputation when he was here as a student. I was part of the crew that worked with him to enter early at Ohio State University and he made us proud at Ohio State. He’s made us proud at U-C and honestly, he’s made us proud at Notre Dame,” said Gary Doll, Director of Business Operations for Huber Heights City Schools.
Doll was the high school principal back when Freeman was a student.
“Coming from a small town like Huber Heights, it’s exciting to be able to say Knute Rockne – Lou Holtz and now Marcus Freeman in the same breath,” said Matt Mowery, who says he’s a childhood friend of Freeman.
The kind words from the Huber Heights community comes amid the news that Freeman is expected to be named the next head coach of Notre Dame Football.
“Just to hear if that does come into fruition that it makes us feel proud. It makes his former coaches feel proud. His former teachers feel proud and just the community so – I know how I feel personally because I was able to coach him. I can only imagine how everybody just around the community feels,” said Mike Fernandez, who is the Wayne High School track coach.