The Most Notable Coaches Who Never Played Professionally

Hugh Freeze

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We first heard about Hugh Freeze and his involvement in the real-life inspirational story featuring Michael Oher. As a big-time high school football coach in Memphis, his profile became so impressive that colleges took a chance on him. He was an assistant coach at Ole Miss before eventually earning the HC position. Known as an innovative offensive mind, Freeze has also done wonders turning around both Arkansas State and Liberty. Now, he’s tasked with doing the same at Auburn.

Freeze’s story is made even more fascinating from the standpoint that he never once played college football. On the contrary — Freeze was a junior college baseball player. He tried to play baseball at Southern Miss, though he wasn’t able to make the squad. As such, he turned to coaching.