Columbus has become accustomed to hosting SEC football coaches. At the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia's annual clinic earlier this year, it read like a who's who of the conference's coaching fraternity.
Nick Saban. Mark Richt. Kevin Sumlin. Butch Jones. Jim McElwain. Will Muschamp.
And another will be in town next week: Hugh Freeze.
Ole Miss' coach will speak at the banquet for the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Thursday. The event is being held at the St. Luke Ministry Center and is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Freeze was hired by Ole Miss in December 2011 and instituted an immediate turnaround the next fall. After going 2-10 overall (and 0-8 in SEC play) in 2011, Freeze led the Rebels to a 7-6 record and a victory in the Compass Bowl.
In the past two seasons, Ole Miss has gone 8-5 and 9-4, respectively.
During his time as a student at Southern Mississippi, Freeze took trips both stateside — Houston and Salt Lake City and abroad — Russia and Australia — to share the gospel.
In an article published by the FCA's monthly magazine in January 2014, Freeze revealed where he developed the passion for sharing his faith.
"I had a great family, from my grandparents through parents, that made sure I was confronted with the gospel at an early age, that I have a sin problem and what’s my answer to that," he told the magazine. "I often tell people this when I speak: 'If you know anyone who has the answer to that problem other than Jesus, please let me know.'"