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Matthew Mott

In nine seasons as the leader of Ole Miss soccer, head coach Matt Mott has built the Rebel program into a side consistently competing for a spot at the top of the table in the fiercely competitive SEC but also a force to be reckoned with on the national landscape.

Of the eight total NCAA appearances in the history of Ole Miss soccer, four have come since Mott took the reigns as the second head coach in the program's history in 2010, including three trips to the "Big Dance" the past four seasons.

The 2018 Rebels experienced one of the most successful seasons in recent memory, posting a 13-8-1 overall record and finishing tied for third in the SEC with a 6-3-1 mark in league play. Among the regular season highlights were a pair of top-10 wins over No. 9 Auburn and No. 7 Vanderbilt as well as a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Mississippi State ot maintain the Magnolia Cup for a record fifth-straight year. The Rebels earned a bid to the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time in program-history, earning a 2-1 win at No. 25 Clemson before bowing out to No. 1 Stanford in the Second Round. In all, Ole Miss earned four wins over ranked opponents.

Following the season, the Rebs received a myriad of postseasons honors. Ole Miss had three players named All-SEC in First Teamer CeCe Kizer, Second Team honoree Channing Foster and All-Freshman Team member Haleigh Stackpole. Kizer and Foster also received United Soccer Coaches All-Region laurels, while Kizer was named a USC All-American and the winner of the 2018 Senior CLASS Award.

Under Mott's tutelage, Kizer wrapped up one of the most heralded careers in Rebel soccer. The attacker finished as Ole Miss' all-time leader in career goals and points, breaking both records as part of a two-goal effort to lead the Rebs to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on the road at No. 9 Auburn. Kizer concluded the regular season as the second player in SEC-history to lead the league in both goals and assists. The native Kansan put a bow on her career as a two-time All-American and a three-time all-region and All-SEC honoree.

2018 also saw the end of four-year starting goalkeeper Marnie Merritt's Ole Miss career, who under Mott became one of the all-time great Rebels to protect the goal. Merritt finished scattered throughout the program record book, ranking second all-time in career saves (277), shutouts (21) and wins (40), while posting the sixth-lowest career goals against average at Ole Miss at 1.31.

The 2017 edition of Mott's Rebel squad was one of the highest scoring teams in the nation, ranking third in the country at 2.70 goals per game. Ole Miss scored 54 goals on the season, the fourth-highest scoring season in program-history. The Rebels finished the season 10-7-3, earning a bid to the NCAA Championships for the third time in five seasons.

The Rebels featured one of the top scoring duos in the country in Kizer and Foster, tying for the second most goals scored in 2017 between two teammates with 28. Kizer completed one of the most decorated seasons in the history of Rebel soccer, earning United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American honors in addition to First Team All-SEC laurels, while Foster was tabbed to the SEC All-Freshman Team in addition to receiving a Second Team All-SEC nod.

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 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.

After being picked 10th in the SEC Preseason Poll, Mott led the program to a third-place finish in the league. A record 11,087 fans showed up in attendance at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium in 2015, also a record for the program, which ranked top-25 nationally.

Just two years prior, the Rebels posted a 16-win season, marking the most wins in a season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss also hosted its first NCAA Tournament match in school history, defeating Jackson State 9-0 in the opening-round game.

Mott was named the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year for his efforts in guiding Ole Miss to the record-setting season.

On the way to the 16-6-2 record, the Rebels scored a school-record 63 goals and produced a pair of All-SEC and All-Region selections in Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza. Gretchen Harknett also became the first All-Freshman selection since 2010. Souza was also named a first team All-America selection by the NSCAA.

Souza was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and earned Capital One Academic All-America honors.

In his third season at the helm of the program, Mott continued to move the program forward with a return to the SEC Tournament as Ole Miss made its first tournament appearance since 2009 and advanced to the quarterfinals with a shutout victory over LSU in the opening round. The shutout victory was one of eight for the Rebels on the season.

The squad posted an 8-0 start to the season, the best in program history, and included a stretch of four consecutive shutout wins and 483 minutes of shutout soccer to also set a school record for consecutive shutout minutes by the Rebels.

Juniors McCalla and Souza garnered recognition for their efforts on the field as the duo tied for the league lead in goals (13) and points (33) on the way to All-SEC accolades. Souza was named a 2013 NCAA Women's Division I All-South Team selection, while McCalla was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a Third Team All-America selection by Souza was also named the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-District Selection.

During his second season at the helm in 2011, several of Mott's players earned both athletic and academic honors. Three players earned All-SEC honors (Meredith Snow, Dylan Jordan and Alix Hildal) while Hildal was also named to the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I All-South Team.

Academically, Jordan was named a Capital One Third Team Academic All-America by CoSIDA, while Jenna Strother was a Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the University of Mississippi. As a team, the Rebels earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year for a team GPA above 3.0.

In 2011, Mott's team saw improvement from the 2010 season as the team finished the year winning its final three SEC games of the year including a 2-0 win over Mississippi State for the Magnolia Cup. The Rebels, who ended the year 8-10-1 overall (4-7 SEC), scored 11 more goals in 2011 than 2010.

During his first season with the Rebels, Mott led his program to a 7-9-4 overall record and a 3-5-3 mark in SEC play. During the season, Mott's team knocked off No. 25 Auburn on the road, 2-1, and recorded a 0-0 double overtime tie against No. 18 Georgia.

A pair of his players (Alix Hildal and Mandy McCalla) was named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team, respectively, while Dylan Jordan and Taylor Cunningham (CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District First Team and SEC Community Service Team) earned honors for their accolades off the field. In addition, three players also garnered player of the week honors from the SEC.

The top assistant coach at the University of Texas from 2006-10, Mott helped the Longhorns 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.

No stranger to the Southeastern Conference, Mott assisted Karen Hoppa at Auburn from 1999-2005. He was promoted from assistant to assistant head coach to associate head coach during his time on the Plains and helped the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournaments and four straight SEC West titles from 2001-04. He was named the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 when Auburn claimed the SEC overall championship. As Auburn's recruiting coordinator, Mott brought in six nationally ranked signing classes and helped develop several players to All-SEC and All-America honors.

The Norwood, N.Y., native served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Central Florida, for four years under Hoppa prior to his stint at Auburn. While there, the Golden Knights won three Trans Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 1998.

Before UCF, Mott was the head women's coach at Division III Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., where he became the winningest coach in school history during his tenure from 1991-94. He was also the goalkeepers coach for the men's team at Hilbert during that time.

Mott obtained a bachelor's degree in general studies and a minor in criminal justice from UCF in 2000 and also earned an Associate of Science degree in 1994 from Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. Before college, Mott spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he played and coached with the Coast Guard's select team in Portsmouth, Va.

Mott holds a National "B" Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation. In addition to his college coaching positions, he has served as the goalkeepers coach for the USYSA Region III Olympic Development Program team since 2003.

He is married to the former Jennifer Swartz. They have two sons, Dean and Will, and a daughter, Tacie.

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Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson, a pivotal member of Ole Miss’ success in recent history, has served alongside Mott in all nine seasons in charge of goalkeepers and was promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach following the 2014 season.

The 2018 season marked the end of Rebel keeper Marnie Merritt's lauded career between the posts. Under Thompson's direction, Merritt became a four-year starter at Ole Miss, finishing her career ranked second in school history in saves (277), shutouts (21) and wins (40). Additionally, the Hough High School product's 1.31 career goals against average is the sixth-lowest at Ole Miss.

Merritt collected four clean sheets during her senior campaign before having her final season cut short due to injury. True freshman Morgan McAslan was thrust into the spotlight for the final eight matches of the season and with the help of Thompson's guidance performed admirably. The freshman picked up the win in five of her eight appearances, recording three-straight shutouts to close out the regular season.

The Ole Miss defense proved to by stingy in 2017, especially during the non-conference schedule. The Rebels completed the fifth undefeated non-league slate in program history, allowing a single goal on the way to a 7-0-1 record. In total, the Rebels surrendered 23 goals, including eight shutouts on the season. Following the regular season, Ole Miss earned its third bid to the NCAA Championships in the last five seasons.

Thompson's goalkeepers produced solid numbers in 2017, with Merritt posting a 1.18 goals against average in 19 starts, posting six solo shutouts. Merritt made 65 saves on the season, including a career-high 10 stops at Texas A&M. Claire Williams played 121:07 without allowing a single score in relief of Merritt, including a clean sheet in her first-career start to open the season.

In his seventh year in 2016, Thompson helped the Rebels to nine wins, four of which were shutouts, qualifying for the SEC Tournament for the 17th time in school history. Thompson also assisted Ole Miss’ freshmen class of seven players through their first year of collegiate play, which resulted in 52 combined starts from the group.

Thompson helped guide the Rebels to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in program history in 2015. Under the assistance of Thompson, Ole Miss surged to a national ranking of No. 12 midway through the year, its highest rank in school history. The Rebels also closed the book on the season as the No. 16 team in the nation in the postseason poll, the best finish in the history of the program.

Thompson’s teachings were apparent in 2015 as the Rebels pitched nine shutouts, including two versus top-10 teams in No. 10 Auburn and No. 10 South Carolina.

Merritt, who made her collegiate debut in the 2015 campaign, made it a good one under Thompson’s direction. Thompson’s instructions paid off as Merritt totaled seven individual shutouts, fourth-most in a single season in school history.

She tallied 93 saves, which were also the fourth-most in any Rebel season, and ranks in the top-10 in career goals against average, saves, wins and shutouts after two seasons of play.

The 2013 season saw the Rebel defense help Ole Miss to a record-setting 16 wins that included 10 shutout victories behind the play of junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick. The keeper became the winningest goalkeeper in program history, 34 victories for her career under the tutelage of Thompson.

In the 2012 season, McCormick helped the Rebels post eight shutout victories, including a stretch of four-consecutive shutouts as Ole Miss rolled to an 8-0 start to set the best start to a season in program history. In that stretch of shutouts, the McCormick and the Rebels played 483 minutes of shutout soccer, setting a new school record.

McCormick twice won SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors, helping the Rebels advance to the SEC Tournament for the 14th time in school history and the quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Tournament with a shutout win over LSU in the opening round of the annual event.

In 2011, goalkeepers Alley Ronaldi and McCormick recorded a combined seven shutouts as the team finished the year 8-10-1 overall (4-7 SEC). Ronaldi was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on August 29. Ole Miss opened the year holding its opponents scoreless for the first 455 minutes of the season, marking the longest scoreless streak in program history.

During 2010, Thompson helped Ole Miss to a 7-9-4 overall record and a 3-5-3 record in SEC play. His goalkeepers, Sarah Story and Alley Ronaldi, recorded a combined six shutouts on the year. In addition, Story set program records for saves in a game (17) and in a season (109).

Thompson brings high-level experience in training goalkeepers to the Rebel program. Following a two-year hiatus from college coaching for family reasons, he came back to the SEC, where he was an assistant at Georgia from 2005-08.

While in Athens, he helped lead the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003 and just their second appearance in the SEC Tournament championship game. Georgia went 40-19-4 during his three seasons, and he helped develop goalkeeper Michelle Betos into an SEC All-Freshman pick who would go on to rank among the all-time school and conference leaders in shutouts and saves.

Thompson was an assistant at Florida State for two seasons, where he helped the Seminoles reach back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, including the 2003 College Cup Semifinals. He trained goalkeeper Joy McKenzie to All-ACC and All-Region status, while she broke several school records along the way.

A native of Grimbsy, England, his extensive experience as a goalkeeper coach on the professional and collegiate levels also includes the WUSA's New York Power (2002-03), Adelphi University men (2001-02), the A-League's Long Island Rough Riders (1998-01) and Lock Haven University men and women (1995-98).

He has also been a member of the ODP Region III coaching staff since 2003.

Thompson holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Lock Haven University (Pa.), where he was a three-time all-conference and two-time all-region player in soccer. He is married to the former April Murphy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the couple has two sons, Michael and Liam.

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Jessica Hiskey

A former All-SEC defender for the Rebels, Jessica Hiskey completed her first season as an assistant coach on Matt Mott's staff in 2018.

Hiskey played a pivotal role in Ole Miss' defensive successes in 2018. The Rebels posted seven shutouts on the season, surrendering just six goals in nine matches at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Some of the Rebels' best defensive performances on the year came against top-competition. The Rebels were the first team and one of just four total during the regular season to hold Texas A&M to one goal or less, maintaining a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes of action.

The Rebels finished the regular season with three-straight shutout victories over Kentucky, No. 25 Mississippi State and No. 7 Vanderbilt. The streak was the longest in SEC play for Ole Miss since a similar three-match run in 2015. The Rebels were one of just three teams during the regular season to hold the SEC Champion Commodores without a goal.

Prior to joining the staff at her alma mater, Hiskey tested the waters of coaching during the Spring of 2016, serving as assistant coach for the Oxford Soccer Club. Playing the role of instructor and mentor for the youth squad, Hiskey also designed and implemented training sessions twice a week for the club.

After finishing her collegiate career, Hiskey became just the fourth known Rebel to sign a professional contract, joining Skövde KIK in Sweden. During her two-year stint, she helped Skövde KIK achieve its highest league finish in club-history (3rd) as well as the program’s lowest goals against average for a season.

From 2012-15 Hiskey was a Stalwart for the Rebels both on the back line and at midfield, starting 74 matches and logging over 7,000 minutes on the pitch during her career. She found the back of the net 10 times in a Rebel kit, dishing out five assists.

During her senior campaign, Hiskey helped lead Ole Miss to its first-ever NCAA Sweet-16, starting all 23 contests on the year. She became the first Rebel defender to be named All-SEC since 2011, collecting Second Team honors after registering five points on two goals and one assist.

The Franklin, Tennessee native put together her most impressive offensive season as a junior in 2014, scoring six goals and adding two assists for 14 points. Of the 1,840 minutes for Ole Miss on the season, Hiskey was off the field for just 31 off them.

As a sophomore, Hiskey helped lead the Rebels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009, earning the program’s first tournament win since 2003 with a 9-0 victory over Jackson State in Oxford. After missing the first nine games of the season due to a summer injury, she saw action in 15 matches, starting the final 10 games of the season. Hiskey played a part in six Rebel shutouts, scoring her lone goal against JSU in the NCAA First Round match.

Starting her Rebel career in 2012, Hiskey immediately became a fixture in the starting lineup. She started all 22 matches on the season at defender, playing the most minutes of any field player at 1,946 minutes, just six minutes behind starting goalkeeper Kelly McCormick. She played every minute of 20 matches, including each of the final 16 outings. Hiskey scored one goal and assisted on a pair, including the game winner against LSU in the Second Round of the SEC Tournament.

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Richard Beebe

Richard Beebe, who joined the program prior to the 2014 season for two seasons, rejoined the staff in 2017 as the Rebels' volunteer assistant coach.

In the two seasons since Beebe's return to Oxford, the Rebels have accumulated a 23-15-4 overall record, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament during both campaigns. Of Ole Miss' eight all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, three have come during Beebe's four years as a Rebel coach.

During Beebe's original run at Ole Miss, he helped the Rebels achieve a pair of successful seasons in 2014 and 2015. After assisting Ole Miss to a second-place finish in the SEC West during his first season, the Rebels reached even greater heights in 2015. Earning a 14-5-4 record, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

A good portion of the program’s recent consistency can be credited to Beebe, who wears many hats in the volunteer assistant role.

He cuts up all game film for the Rebels, helps scout opponents prior to matches, and assists in numerous roles in practice. Head coach Matt Mott, who was alerted of Beebe’s work ethic through a mutual friend, called him an “unsung, absolute godsend to our program,” reiterating Beebe’s importance to Ole Miss soccer.

Beebe joined the Rebels after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, William Carey, where he was also a standout soccer player himself.

As an assistant at William Carey, Beebe helped lead the women’s team to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) championship in 2013 with a perfect 11-0 record in conference play and outscoring foes 53-to-6 on the season. It was the first SSAC title for William Carey.

He helped the team advance to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament while posting an 18-5 record on the season and a final ranking of 10th in the national polls. Beebe worked with the defenders at William Carey and helped coach Lauren Satcher to third team NAIA All-America honors and second team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Beebe served as the head coach of both the boys and girls soccer teams at Greene County High School, leading the girls team to the South State finals in both seasons.

He also coached the Hattiesburg Futbol Club for four seasons and served as the Assistant DOC for the last season under Danny Owens.

Beebe lettered four years at William Carey, serving as a starter all four years of his career. He served as team captain in 2009 and was named a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference first team selection that season. Beebe helped lead his team to the GCAC Championship in 2008 and 2009, while also helping the squad claim the GCAC Tournament Championship in 2007.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in biology from William Carey in 2010 and a master’s degree in secondary education in 2012.

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