Is former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze considering a return to the sidelines?
Update: This article has been updated to reflect a statement from Hugh Freeze (below).
OXFORD, Miss. – Is former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze considering a return to the sidelines?
Sources confirmed to The Rebel Walk that The Ensworth School, a prestigious private school in Nashville, expressed interest in Coach Freeze becoming the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator.
One source close to Coach Freeze, who asked to remain anonymous, is not so sure Freeze would take the job even if it were offered.
“Although he is considering the offensive coordinator position at Ensworth, Coach Freeze is not likely to take the job because he’s truly enjoying spending time with his wife, Jill, and their three daughters,” the source said.
Freeze responds with statement
The Rebel Walk reached out to Coach Freeze about the Ensworth job and he replied late Thursday evening with the following statement:
“I am good friends with Ricky Bowers, and as many people know, Jeremy Garrett played for me and I want to see him succeed, so we talk often. On a recent trip to Nashville, my wife and I stopped by to say hello to both of them. From that, I can only assume that’s where all these rumors are coming from. There was never a job offer extended to me from Ensworth.“
Hugh Freeze on rumors of him coaching at Ensworth
Ensworth head coach a familiar name to Rebels
Ensworth recently announced the promotion of assistant defensive coach Jeremy Garrett to head coach.
Garrett’s name should be familiar to Ole Miss fans as the Senatobia, Miss. native was not only a four-year letterman for the Rebels, but was also the winner of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award in 2007. Prior to joining Ensworth, Garrett was an assistant football coach at Southaven (Miss.) High School.
The Tigers have a perennial powerhouse program, notching 11 consecutive postseason appearances from 2007 to 2017 and winning the state title four times: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Freeze staying busy
Whether or not he becomes the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator, Coach Freeze continues to stay busy. In addition to speaking engagements, he is also serving as a consultant to various offensive staffs, as well as playing plenty of golf.
“He and Jill also remain committed to working with their charity, The Freeze Foundation, on a cause near and dear to their hearts—improving the quality of life for orphans and needy children around the world,” the source explained.
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.