|Date of birth:||October 27, 1955|
|Place of birth:||Rosthern, Saskatchewan|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|College:||University of Saskatchewan|
Alberta Golden Bears
|Career highlights and awards|
|Awards:||1985 - Tom Pate Memorial Award|
He was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes, playing 48 regular season games with them. He then joined his hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders for 5 years, winning the prestigious Tom Pate Memorial Award for outstanding community service in 1985.
Friesen took up coaching after his playing days. He started with alma mater as an assistant coach for the Saskatchewan Huskies for 10 seasons, winning the Vanier Cup in 1990. After a year as linebacker coach with the Green Riders, he was defensive coordinator with the Calgary Dinos. He next spent 10 years as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears, being named CIS coach of the year in 2004, before he resigned to return to the Riders.
In 2008 he was enshrined in the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.