JSU NAMES HAL MUMME AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State University head football coach Tony Hughes has announced the hiring of Hal Mumme as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator.
“Coach Mumme brings a wealth of experience with him to JSU,” said Hughes. “He has over 27 years of coaching experience and has led some of the most explosive offensive units in college football.”
Mumme, who is known for his high-octane Air Raid offense, comes to Jackson State after spending four seasons as the head coach for the Belhaven Blazers. While at Belhaven, Mumme’s offense set single game records in pass attempts, completions, passing touchdowns and total offensive plays, as well as season records in pass attempts, passing touchdowns and total offensive plays and yards.
Mumme’s Belhaven teams earned seven All Mid-South Conference honors, 14 All-NCCAA honors and 10 ASC All-Academic honors. Additionally, the Blazers received NCCAA National Athlete of the Week recognition five times.
“I look forward to working with Coach Hughes,” said Mumme. I have admired him both personally and professionally and look forward to getting to work at Jackson State.”
Prior to leading the Belhaven Blazers, Mumme served as the Passing Game Coordinator under head coach June Jones at Southern Methodist University. Under Mumme’s tutelage SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert set multiple single game and single season records during the 2013 season. Gilbert racked up 635 yards of total offense against Temple, seventh most in a game in NCAA history. Gilbert also recorded single season school records, second for most total offensive yards (3795), second in passing yards (3528), and first in completions (335). As a team, the Mustangs recorded 5,222 total yards with 4,097 of those yards coming through the air in 2013.
Mumme not only brings experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, but has been a head coach at Division I Kentucky, New Mexico State, and Southeastern Louisiana. Mumme was also the Head Coach at NCAA Division II Valdosta State, Iowa Wesleyan (NAIA), and most recently McMurry (Division III).
Mumme spent four seasons at McMurry and led the team to a 27-16 record, including three consecutive winning seasons. Mumme resurrected a McMurry program that had lost 13 consecutive games and had not had a winning season for eight years prior to his arrival. In 2011, Mumme posted a 9-3 record with the team and secured McMurry’s first postseason victory since 1949 by beating Trinity in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
Mumme began his coaching career in the NAIA at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989 and led the Tigers to the playoffs in 1991. In 1992, he moved on to NCAA Division II Valdosta State and then to Kentucky in the SEC where he coached Number One NFL Draft Pick Tim Couch. In 1998, the Wildcats went 7-5 and played in the Outback Bowl, becoming the first coach to take the team to a New Year’s Day bowl game since Bear Bryant in 1951. He is the only coach in the modern era at Kentucky to beat Alabama and numerous college head coaches’ are part of his coaching tree, including current Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach.