Art Kehoe and Hugh Freeze added to OM staff

Oxford, Miss. - Ole Miss head football coach Ed Orgeron announced Tuesday the addition of Art Kehoe and Hugh Freeze to his coaching staff. The appointments are pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Kehoe, who has spent the last 27 years at the University of Miami (Fla.), including two years as a player, has been selected by Orgeron to serve as associate head coach and offensive line coach, while Freeze, who as served as Assistant Athletics Director for Football External Affairs at Ole Miss for the last year, will move to an on-the-field coaching position as tight ends coach.

"Art Kehoe is a fantastic addition to our staff," Orgeron said. "He brings energy and great passion for football to our program. He's an outstanding recruiter and has coached some of the best lines in collegiate football."

The addition of Freeze to the coaching staff comes one year after he left the prep coaching ranks to join Orgeron at Ole Miss in an administrative capacity.

" Hugh Freeze is a very organized and detailed person," Orgeron said. "He's well known for his success at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tenn., and he did an outstanding job for us this past year. I am extremely pleased to add him to our coaching staff."

Kehoe coached 25 years at Miami, including the last four years as assistant head coach and offensive line coach, and was the longest-tenured coach on Larry Coker's staff.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Ole Miss," Kehoe said. "The combination of working with Ed and Ole Miss gets me jacked up. I worked with Ed five years at Miami and he's one of the most intense, passionate guys there is. This game is all about passion. It's also nice to be wanted, and I look forward to getting to Oxford and getting started."

Freeze joined Orgeron's staff last February after serving 13 years in the field of education as a classroom teacher, coach and administrator, all at Briarcrest Christian School. He served as Dean of Students, head football coach, and head girls' basketball coach.

"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to coach football at Ole Miss," Freeze said. "I'm indebted to Coach Orgeron and thrilled to be able to share his vision of getting our program back where it needs to be. I feel blessed. God has been very good to me."

A former offensive lineman and 1982 graduate of Miami, Kehoe began his coaching career in 1981 as a student assistant at Miami. He was an integral part of the Miami football renaissance since its beginning in the late 1970s and is the only person who had been in the Hurricanes football program continuously since then. He came to Miami in 1979 as a transfer from Laney Junior College in Oakland, Calif., and started at guard for the Hurricanes for two seasons under head coach Howard Schnellenberger.

Kehoe's tenure at Miami ranked among the longest of any Hurricanes athletics figure, a span during which he either played or coached for five head football coaches. In 20 seasons working with the offensive line at Miami, Kehoe produced six players (Brett Romberg in 2002, Bryant McKinnie in 2001, Joaquin Gonzalez in 2000, Richard Mercier in 1999, K.C. Jones in 1996 and Leon Searcy in 1991) who received first-team All-America honors, plus 18 more that went on to play professionally, 14 All-Big East honorees, one Outland Trophy winner and the 2002 Rimington Award winner.

Kehoe was on the staff of all five Miami football national championship teams. Two Heisman Trophy winners and six of Miami's eight 1,000-yard rushers passed or rushed behind the blocking of Kehoe's offensive linemen. His 2000 and 2001 units are widely considered among the finest offensive lines in recent college football history and the 2002 unit was considered the nation's finest by many observers.

A native of Conshohocken, Pa., Kehoe played an instrumental role in the rebirth of Miami football, playing on the 1979 and 1980 teams that returned the Hurricanes to national status with a victory in the 1980 Peach Bowl (Miami's first bowl win since 1966). After his playing days ended, Kehoe stayed at Miami as a student assistant coach in 1981 and a graduate assistant coach from 1982-84. He ascended to full-time status in 1985 and worked with the offensive line since then. From 1992-94, Kehoe also tutored tight ends in addition to his duties with the offensive line.

As a coach, Kehoe went to 21 bowl games with the Hurricanes and tutored some of the greatest players in Miami history, including Searcy, Mike Sullivan, Jones, Mercier, McKinnie, Gonzalez, Bibla, Romberg and Vernon Carey. A contemporary of legendary Miami quarterback Jim Kelly, Kehoe developed offensive lines that protected many of the Hurricanes' outstanding quarterbacks, including Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson, Gino Torretta and Ken Dorsey.

Kehoe, 47, worked for five Miami head coaches, from Howard Schnellenberger to Jimmy Johnson, from Dennis Erickson to Butch Davis, and then under Larry Coker. Kehoe even served as Miami's interim head coach for 19 days during the transition from the Erickson to Davis eras in 1995. In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Kehoe was inducted into the University of Miami Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the Laney JC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Kehoe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Miami and an associate's degree in general studies from Laney J.C. in 1979.

From 1998 to 2000, Freeze also served as Associate Director of Development at Briarcrest Christian and in 2001 helped spearhead the building, development, and funding for a $3 million high school football facility.

He coached Briarcrest's teams to 12 state championship games, winning six state titles in the process.

As head football coach from 1995 to 2004, Freeze compiled a 99-23 record in leading the Saints to six consecutive state championship games, which included state championship titles in 2002 and 2004. He coached the school to its first undefeated season in 1996. Briarcrest won regional championships in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002. He was named Region 8AA Coach of the Year five times and Associated Press Coach of the Year four times.

Freeze also served as offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Briarcrest from 1992 to 1994 as the Saints reached the TSSAA state semi-finals twice.

As head girl's basketball coach, Freeze led Briarcrest to four state championships (1998, 2001, 2004, 2004) and was the state runner-up three times (1999, 2000, 2003), while compiling an overall record of 305-63. He earned District 15AA Coach of the Year honors in both 1994 and 1995, was the WBCA District 9 National Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001, and was selected TSSAA Coach of the Year four times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004). He was also the Nike Select Team coach in 2000 when they won the National Championship.

A 1988 graduate of Senatobia (Miss.) High School, Freeze earned his Bachelor's Degree in mathematics with a minor in coaching and sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. He also received the Associate of Arts from Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1990.

It was while attending USM that he became active in mission projects, serving as a missionary in Houston, Salt Lake City, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Tasmania, Australia. Freeze also served as the state president for the Mississippi Baptist Student Union.

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