Hugh Freeze

Head Coach, Mississippi Rebels

Hugh Freeze is the Head Coach of the Mississippi Rebels. Prior to heading to Ole Miss, Freeze served as the Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach for Arkansas State.

A relative unknown nationally prior to his hiring as the head coach at Ole Miss in 2012, Freeze impressed the Rebels’ search committee with his reputation as a strong recruiter and someone who could alter the program’s fortunes early with a penchant for winning.

Like Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Freeze has made a seamless transition from the prep level to the college ranks after earning his first assistant coaching job at Ole Miss in 2005. Passed over as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator by Houston Nutt two years later, Freeze landed at NAIA Lambuth University for two seasons before joining Arkansas State’s staff in 2010 as the Red Wolves’ primary play-caller.

In his only season as Arkansas State’s head coach the following year, Freeze led the Red Wolves to their first Sun Belt title in six years and flexed one of the most impressive offenses nationally. Freeze’s success caught the eye of the Rebels and thus far, it’s been a successful match.

A man of ‘high character and integrity’ according to Ole Miss legend Archie Manning, the search committee’s co-chair during Freeze’s recruitment to Oxford, the Southern Miss grad is one of the SEC’s youngest head coaches but has been a proven winner at each career coaching stop. Backed by elite-level recruiting classes in college football’s most competitive division, Freeze has Ole Miss headed in the right direction.

Coaching History Team Years
Head Coach Mississippi Rebels 2012-Present
Head Coach Arkansas State Red Wolves 2011
Offensive Coordinator Arkansas State Red Wolves 2010
Head Coach Lambuth University Eagles 2008-2009
Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach Mississippi Rebels 2005-2007
Head Coach Briarcrest Christian School (Tenn.) 1995-2004
Offensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Briarcrest Christian School (Tenn.) 1992-1994

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