Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Pittsburg State '79
A long-time veteran of the college coaching ranks, John Mumford was named Army's defensive coordinator by head coach Bobby Ross shortly after Ross' appointment to the Army helm in December 2003.
Army's defensive line coach since the summer of 2000, Mumford assumed duties as the Black Knights' interim head coach for the final seven games of the 2003 campaign, acquiring that role following the termination of Todd Berry's contract on Oct. 13. Overall, Mumford boasts more than two 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 stint 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, 48, 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.
John and his wife, Leslie, reside at West Point with their daughters: Jenna, 20; Meghan, 17; and Lauren, 14. Jenna will enter her sophomore year at the University of Kansas this fall.