Mossberg would fill the position vacated by former assistant coach Rob
Reinstetle, who resigned on Friday. Francis would transition from a position as the Director of Baseball Operations to the position of volunteer coach currently held by Mossberg and allow him to assume coaching duties with the program.
As a part of the transition, pitching coach Carl Lafferty will assume full duties as recruiting coordinator for the Rebels.
“I am very excited about the future of our program and the opportunities this presents for both Matt Mossburg and Rob Francis ,” Bianco said. “They are both great coaches and two guys who are very deserving of this opportunity.”
Mossberg has served the past two seasons (2008 and 2009) as a volunteer assistant with the Rebel and will assume full duties as the hitting coach for the Rebels after assisting with the hitters and working with the outfielders last season. In his two years as a volunteer assistant, Mossberg helped the Rebels to a pair of NCAA
Regional appearances, an NCAA Super Regional and the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship.
The former Rebel outfielder also helped develop several outstanding players for the Rebels, assisting in the development of three outfielders who would go on to be drafted in the MLB Draft., including Jordan Henry (7th round – Cleveland, 2009), Michael Guerrero (21st round – Washington, 2008) and Logan Power (25th round – San Diego, 2008).
Prior to serving as a volunteer assistant with the Rebels, Mossberg served as the Director of Baseball Operations in the 2007 season when he returned to Ole Miss after having been an assistant coach at Jefferson State Community College during the 2006 season.
Francis served as Director of Baseball Operations for the past two seasons (2008 and 2009), having joined the Rebels after coaching at several levels in Florida for the previous seven years. Francis spent three years as a head coach at Seminole High School (2005) and East Lake High School (2006 and 2007) where he compiled an overall record of 53-28 while making two playoff appearances in the Class 5A state tournament.
Prior to his three years as a head coach, Francis served as a volunteer assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University for two years (2003 and 2004), helping build the school’s baseball program from the ground up. At FGCU he was responsible for assisting with recruiting, advance scouting, coordinating camps, handling travel and player development.
The position changes will be effective for the 2010 season. Ole Miss will open the 2010 season on February 19, when the Rebels host Louisiana-Monroe in a three-game series at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.