Freeze discusses plan as the new head coach at Arkansas State
- Published: Friday, 03 December 2010 11:02
- by Administrator
During his introductory press conference, new Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze discussed his goals, plan, and how he ended up in Jonesboro after a short stint last spring as the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.
Freeze said his three goals include 1) Impacting the lives of the players 2) Achieving academic success 3) Competing for a conference championship.
“We will sit in drive-ways until midnight of the last contact day to make sure we are the last one in the house," said Freeze. "We have a 12-month recruiting plan that will immediately put into effect starting tomorrow that I have to give credit to Coach Orgeron for when we brought in those great classes at Ole Miss, (a system) that he learned at SC from Pete Carroll and other places.”
““We will recruit along the lines of what TCU has done and that is to recruit a bunch of athletes. Hopefully, we will build it around speed.”
“We will refuse to back down from any challenge. We go head to head with any of them.”
Freeze also made it clear that he wants the people of Jonesboro to rally around the program and they will be involved in the process. "We want you to join us and be partners with us in this process," said Freeze. "We can have a oneness about us in this community and among our team.”
(on his journey from San Jose State to Arkansas State) “I got to California, kinda realized I was out of my element. I am a Southern boy. The truth is if I did really well as San Jose, my close friends may know but as far as getting me to where I getting me to where I ultimately wanted to go in this profession, and where I wanted to have my family grow up and raised would be very difficult to do, and I knew that was going to be a process out there. The tug to come back home was what brought me here. That’s how I ended up back here.”
After serving as the head coach at Briarcrest Christian HS (Memphis, TN), Freeze worked at Ole Miss under Ed Oregeron. He then became the head coach at Lambuth University for two seasons before serving as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State in 2010.