By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss has named Matt Mott as its new women’s soccer head coach, Athletics Director Pete Boone announced Monday. Mott’s appointment is pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
The top assistant coach at the University of Texas for the last four years, Mott is the second head coach in program history. He replaces Steve Holeman, who recently left to become the head coach at Georgia after guiding the Ole Miss program since its inception in 1995.
In his four seasons with the Longhorns, Mott helped UT to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Sweet Sixteen berths in 2006 and 2007. The 2007 squad rose as high as No. 1 in the national rankings. Working with the goalkeepers and defenders, Mott helped guide UT to a school record for lowest goals against average (0.64 in 2008) and several other defensive records during his tenure.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Ole Miss and take over a great soccer program,” Mott said. “I would like to thank Pete Boone and Lynnette Johnson for giving me this opportunity. I’ve had a wonderful four years at Texas, and it was difficult to leave my good friends like (UT head soccer coach) Chris Petrucelli and (UT women’s athletics director) Chris Plonsky. But I’m really excited to be back in the SEC, and I am ready to get to Ole Miss and get started.”