Mr. Stanley L. Freedman
July 24, 1937 – July 5, 2019
Stanley Freedman, age 81, died peacefully after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease on July 5, 2019. He was born in 1937 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Julius and Fay (Brodsky) Freedman. He grew up in the Logan section of Philadelphia and attended Olney High. He played varsity football, basketball and baseball and graduated in 1956.
He played football at West Chester University as both a halfback and defensive back. In his three years of varsity football, West Chester only lost two games. He graduated West Chester in 1960 with a degree in Physical Education and n 1963, he earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Temple University.
After graduating from West Chester, he started his long teaching career as a physical education instructor in the Philadelphia School District (1960-1964). He was then an assistant professor of Physical Education at Widener University from 1964-1967. He later taught at Haverford High School (1967-1971) and he finished his teaching career at Cheltenham High School (1971-1990).
Stan was an extremely successful football coach, loved by his players and staff. His first football coaching job was as the Backfield Coach at Widener University from 1961-1966. He became the head football coach at Haverford High in 1967 and coached there for four seasons. During those four years, Haverford had a record of 33-3, which included two undefeated seasons in both 1968 and 1970. The 1970 team was ranked the number one team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He was later inducted in the Haverford High School Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.
He was the head football coach at Cheltenham High from 1971-1974 and 1983. He was the Quarterbacks Coach at Temple University for three season from 1975-1977 under head coach Wayne Hardin. His career head coaching record was 63-19.
He won the following coaching awards:
1967 Rookie Coach of the Year - Delaware County Times; 1968 Coach of the Year - News of Delaware County; 1970 Coach of the Year - Philadelphia Evening Bulletin; 1970 Coach of the Year - Delaware County Times; 1973 Coach of the Year - Times Chronicle; 1974 Coach of the Year - Philadelphia Inquirer; 1974 Coach of the Year- Suburban One League Coaches Assoc.
He was previously married to Barbara (Arnold) Freedman, and had two sons, Jonathan and Kevin. The family originally lived in Broomall, Pennsylvania but mostly grew up in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
Stan became an avid tennis player. He was a longtime member of Logan Tennis Club. He was a certified U.S.P.T.R. tennis instructor and ranked as a senior player by U.S.T.A. Middle States.
He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family. His favorite activity was attending his son’s, and then later his grandchildren’s, sporting events. He was loved for his sense of humor and dedication to his family.
He is survived by his ex-wife Barbara Freedman and his sons: Jonathan Freedman, an attorney who lives in Philadelphia and Dr. Kevin Freedman, an orthopedic surgeon who lives in Horsham, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Halie Freedman, who attends Villanova University and Jake Freedman, who will be attending Hatboro-Horsham High School.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donation in memory of Stan to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org/donate
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Graveside Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Mr. Stanley L. Freedman
July 11, 2019
I wanted to send this on behalf of my dad. It is ironic that Mr Freedman and my dad passed away in the same year. I probably met Mr Freedman many times but do not remember specifically when. What I do know is the many stories my dad told me about his coaching days at Haverford and Cheltenham with “Stan”. The Haverford undefeated teams definitely hold a special place in both of these men’s hearts. I do remember my dad visiting Mr Freedman when he had the dementia. What I do know is they are probably going over plays right now to break down a defense. God bless...this world is less of a place with these 2 great coaches, mentors, husbands, dads, grandfathers gone from this world.
(Son - Marty Renshaw)
July 10, 2019
I was privileged to have been coached by Stan - he was exceptional as a Coach, Mentor to me as a player & teacher/coach. RIP, Stan - I Love You !
July 8, 2019
I enjoyed so many chats & doubles matches with Stan at Logan. His smile always broadened when discussing his sons’ academic accomplishments. Stan had a great sense of humor. He will be missed. I want to extend my condolences to his family....Ernie Brownstein
July 8, 2019
I had many happy memories playing tennis with Stan at Logan.
He was an excellent athlete . He was one of my heroes.