In just six seasons as the leader of Ole Miss soccer, Matthew Mott has placed the program not only on a level of consistency within the Southeastern Conference, but also a respectable recognition across the country.
Prior to Mott’s arrival as the second coach in program history ahead of the 2010 season, the Rebels had advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times. Since, Mott has carried the team into the NCAA Championships twice, most recently a record-breaking run in 2015.
The Rebels advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and achieved their highest-ever national ranking in school history of No. 12 midway through the season. Following the campaign, the Rebels finished No. 16 in the postseason poll, the best finish for the program in school history.
The 2015 campaign saw Ole Miss knock off back-to-back top-10 opponents, which helped surge the team to the best rank ever of No. 12. Following a 1-0 victory in just the second-ever home NCAA Championship match, the Rebels went on to advance past No. 7 Clemson in penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA Championships, setting up the All-SEC Sweet 16 showdown with No. 21 Texas A&M.
Mott led three All-SEC honorees, including CeCe Kizer, who became Ole Miss’ first SEC Freshman of the year since 2005, along with junior Addie Forbus and Jessica Hiskey. The same trio earned NSCAA All-South Region honors. Forbus and Hiskey were also named CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees following the season, while outgoing senior Maddie Friedmann was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Under Mott’s guidance, the Rebels tallied nine shutouts, including the two versus No. 10 Auburn and No. 10 South Carolina. The 14 wins tied for the third-most in school history, while the seven SEC victories tied for the second-most in school history.