ICYMI: Hugh Freeze promotes Corey Batoon as new assistant coach

In case you missed it, Hugh Freeze has found his replace for Tom Allen. And, he shows that if you remain loyal to him, he will promote you.

OXFORD Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze announced on Wednesday that he has promoted Corey Batoon as the new assistant coach. The vacant assistant coach position became available after Tom Allen took over as defensive coordinator for South Florida last month.

Batoon has been loyal to Freeze, staying by his side all the way from Arkansas State. Last season during the Peach Bowl, Batoon coached the safeties under the helm of Dave Wommack, who also coached the linebackers in place of Allen.

Freeze said that Wommack and Batoon will stay in those respective roles, but things could change after a staff meeting this week. Batoon has been assistant athletics director for recruiting operations for the last three seasons. This is the first assistant coach vacancy Freeze has had to fill since losing cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff after the 2012 season.

Batoon’s has experience in on-field coaching. He spent three seasons at Arkansas State with the cornerbacks, safeties and special teams.

Before Arkansas State, Batoon spent 11 seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Northern Arizona. He came to NAU after a year at Montana as the defensive line coach. Batoon was also special teams coordinator and secondary coach at Central Missouri State, and also had a three-year stay at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles.