OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – After what’s been a tough season on defense for Ole Miss, the head of the unit will be stepping down.
The Rebels announced before the Egg Bowl that defensive coordinator Dave Wommack will be retiring at the end of the season. He’s been the defensive coordinator for five seasons under Hugh Freeze.
“I’m grateful to God for more than 38 rewarding years as a college football coach,” Wommack said in a release. “I worked alongside remarkable men to shape the lives of my players for the better. I’ll carry with me the relationships and lessons this game has given me as I look forward to enjoying this next chapter with my family.”
“I am grateful to Dave for the outstanding leadership he provided our student-athletes and the positive influence he was for our staff,” Freeze said in a statement. “I learned so much from him about the coaching profession and will always appreciate his friendship.”
In 2016, Ole Miss is 12th in the SEC in total defense (451.7 yards allowed per game) and 13th in scoring defense (32.1 points per game). That is the worst Ole Miss has been in those rankings under Hugh Freeze.
The best year for Wommack’s defense was 2014, when the Rebels led the nation in scoring defense (16.0 points per game) and fewest touchdowns allowed (24). They led the SEC that season in interceptions (22), turnovers forced (32), and tackles for loss (7.6 per game).
Wommack has been nominated for the Broyles Award, which goes to college football’s top assistant coach, four times.