Mott, Rebels Agree To Contract Extension Ole Miss, Mott Look Toward Future After Successful 2013 Season
Matt Mott guided the Rebels to a program-record 16 wins and the NCAA Tournament second round in 2013.
Dec. 17, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, Ole Miss and head soccer coach Matt Mott have reached terms on a contract extension, athletics director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday.
"The job that Matt and his staff have done is remarkable as they have truly changed the culture of Ole Miss soccer and established a winning mentality on and off the field,” Bjork said. “Establishing a consistent top-25 program has been possible through the right attitude and extreme effort, and I can't wait to see what the future holds under his leadership. Most importantly, Matt does it the right way, and he and his family are an asset to our community and program. We want to continue building for enduring success and we want Matt here for a long time to come."
“I appreciate the support, leadership and confidence I've received from Ross Bjork and Lynnette Johnson for our soccer program,” Mott said. “My staff and I are committed to continuing our quest to win soccer championships here at Ole Miss – a place that has truly become our home. The community and Rebel Nation’s support for our program this year was unbelievable. We want to build on the momentum of the past season with the goal of being one of the top teams in the SEC each year.”
Mott earned South Region Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Rebels to a 16-6-2 record and a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 16 wins marked the most in school history, while the Rebels also hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the first time with a 9-0 win over Jackson State in the opening round.
Ole Miss finished fourth in the overall standings in Southeastern Conference play with a 7-3-1 record. The Rebels defeated Kentucky 2-0 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to advance to the semifinals before falling to top-seeded and fifth-ranked Florida 2-1. It marks the second consecutive SEC Tournament appearance for the Rebels in Mott’s four years at the helm of the program.
The squad spent seven weeks ranked in the top 25, marking the longest time spent in the rankings by a Rebel team in a single season. Mott led the Rebels back into the rankings last season for the first time since the 2009 season.
Mott also coached a pair of Rebels to several accolades as Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza were both named All-SEC and All-Region selections, while Souza was also named an All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Souza also earned SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
Gretchen Harknett also became the most recent Rebel to earn All-Freshman honors from the SEC under Mott’s tutelage.
In addition to success on the field, the Rebels have continued to excel in the classroom under Mott’s leadership. Ole Miss was named as an NSCAA Team Academic Award recipient in 2013, marking the fourth consecutive season to earn team academic recognition.
A trio of Rebels earned Capital One Academic All-Region honors with Souza being recognized for her academic achievement along with Maddie Friedmann and Georgia Russell.
For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more
Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more
With Billy Chadwick's last regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach. Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more
One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more
The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more