John Mumford
John Mumford

Defensive Line

14th Year

Alma Mater:
Pittsburg State University (1979)


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A long-time veteran of the college coaching ranks, John Mumford returns for his 14th season on the Army sidelines. A member of four different head coach's staffs at West Point, Mumford served as Army's defensive coordinator from 2004-08. First appointed to that role by Bobby Ross prior to the 2004 season, Mumford filled the same position for Stan Brock in 2007-08. He turned his focus on Army's defensive ends in 2009, and will mentor the entire defensive line in 2013.

In his first season with Rich Ellerson's double-eagle flex defense, Mumford tutored Josh McNary to one of the most productive seasons in Army history. McNary registered an Academy-record four sacks at Temple en route to an season record 12.5 quarterback takedowns. McNary ranked fourth in the nation in sacks per game (1.04) and tied for second in the country in tackles for loss per game (1.88). McNary tacked on another 10 sacks in 2010, becoming the only player in Army history to have two double-digit seasons in that category. He graduated from West Point as the program's all-time leader in both sacks (28) and tackles for loss (49).

The Black Knights' defensive line coach starting in the summer of 2000, Mumford assumed duties as Army's interim head coach for the final seven games of the 2003 campaign.

He was named defensive coordinator after Bobby Ross was hired prior to the 2004 season, and served in that role for five years.

Overall, Mumford boasts more than three decades worth of coaching experience on the collegiate level. In addition to coordinating the defense, Mumford oversees the Black Knights' defensive front.

Prior to arriving at the Academy, Mumford served as head coach at Southeast Missouri State University from 1990 through 1999. The Lawrence, Kan., native garnered Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1994.

Mumford filled a one-year term as defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri in 1989 before accepting the reins as the Indians' 10th head coach the following season. He arrived at the Cape Girardeau, Mo., school following a seven-year term as an assistant at the University of South Dakota.

A 1979 graduate of Pittsburg State University, Mumford lettered three times at tight end for the Gorillas. He began his coaching career the following year, serving a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas.

He was responsible for guiding the Jayhawks' defensive linemen on both the varsity and junior varsity levels and served as jayvee defensive coordinator. In 1981, Kansas earned a berth in the Hall of Fame Bowl.

Mumford, 56, moved on to South Dakota in 1982, filling the roles of defensive line coach and strength coach. He worked with the Coyotes' inside linebackers from 1983 to 1985, doubling as South Dakota's recruiting coordinator before being named defensive coordinator in 1986. The Coyotes advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 1985 and reached the National Championship game the following year.

He closed out a three-year term as South Dakota's defensive coordinator in 1989, when he signed on to lead Southeast Missouri State's defensive fortunes.

During his time as Army's defensive coordinator, Mumford oversaw a Black Knight stop unit that improved steadily. The Black Knights ranked 37th nationally in total defense in 2005, seventh in pass defense in 2006, 16th in pass defense in 2007 and 48th in total defense in 2008.

John and his wife, Leslie, have three daughters: Jenna, Meghan and Lauren.

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