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.