March 29, 1952 |
San Antonio, Texas
|New Mexico Military Institute
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Moody H.S. (OC)
Aransas Pass H.S.
West Texas A&M (QB/WR)
Copperas Cove H.S.
New Mexico State
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
Hal Clay Mumme (born March 29, 1952) is an American college football coach and former player. He currently serves as the head coach at Belhaven University. Previously, Mumme served as the head coach at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky, Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and McMurry. Mumme is known for being one of the founders of the air raid offense.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mumme played football as a receiver for Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas, going on after graduation to play at New Mexico Military Institute and at Tarleton State University. While an undergraduate, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.
Mumme’s coaching career began as the offensive coordinator at Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas from 1976 through 1978. In 1979 he was the head coach at Aransas Pass High School. Mumme was an assistant coach (quarterbacks and receivers) under Bill Yung at West Texas State University in 1980 and 1981, offensive coordinator also under Yung at UTEP from 1982 through 1985, and head coach at Copperas Cove High School from 1986 through 1988.
During his time as a high school and college assistant coach Mumme developed an unorthodox, pass-oriented offensive attack that proved very successful at moving the ball, gaining yardage and scoring points. The unusual attack, utilizing short passes to multiple receivers and backs out of the backfield, allowed Mumme’s teams to compete against more talented and athletic opponents. BYU head coach LaVell Edwards was a major influence on Mumme’s offensive strategy.
In 1989, Mumme became head coach at Iowa Wesleyan College. While finishing 7–4 in his first season, he eventually led the team to the national quarterfinals in 1991, the first playoff appearance in the school's history. Mumme’s 1990 team led the nation in passing offense and the 1989 and 1991 squads finished second nationally in that category. Mumme finished at Iowa Wesleyan with a 25–10 record and was the NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991.
Mumme took over as head coach at Valdosta State University in 1992. Mumme’s record at Valdosta State was 40–17–1. In both 1994 and 1996 he led the team to the NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinals; Valdosta State had never made the playoffs previously. The team was consistently ranked in the Division II top 20 and was ranked #1 in the nation in Division II for part of the 1996 season when they won their first Gulf South Conference championship. In 1994 Valdosta State defeated the University of Central Florida 31–14, an upset over the team picked by Sports Illustrated in the preseason to win the NCAA Division I-AA national football championship. Quarterback Chris Hatcher won the Harlon Hill Award as player of the year in NCAA Division II football.
University of Kentucky
On December 2, 1996 the University of Kentucky announced that it had hired Mumme to replace Bill Curry as head coach of its football program. Kentucky had gone 9–24 (.273) through the prior three years. In Mumme's first year the team improved to a 5–6 record. The season highlight was a win over #20 Alabama, a team Kentucky had not beaten since 1922. Led by sophomore quarterback Tim Couch, Kentucky's offense set multiple school, SEC and NCAA records.
In 1998 Kentucky won its season opener against Louisville at the christening of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium by the lopsided score of 68–34. Kentucky improved to 3–0 with wins over Eastern Kentucky University and Indiana and was ranked #25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Losses to #8 Florida and at #22 Arkansas followed. Kentucky then defeated South Carolina and #21 LSU. A close loss to Georgia on a missed last-second field goal was followed by victories over eventual SEC West champion Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. At 7–3 and ranked #25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, Kentucky then lost its regular season finale at Tennessee. Tim Couch was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Kentucky then played in the Outback Bowl, Kentucky's first New Year's Day bowl in 47 years. Despite jumping out to a 14–3 lead, Penn State won 26–14. Couch was then the #1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
In 1999 Kentucky finished the regular season 6–5 before losing the 1999 Music City Bowl to Syracuse, 20–13. Season highlights included victories over #20 Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Indiana.
The 2000 Wildcats dropped to 2–9, with victories against only South Florida and Indiana. Press reports detailing a growing investigation into NCAA rules violations cut the legs out from under the team, and they lost their final eight games.
In early 2001, Mumme resigned amid numerous NCAA rules violations, largely payments to recruits. The team was eventually found to be in violation of more than three dozen recruiting violations. His former recruiting coordinator, Claude Bassett, was deemed the worst offender. Bassett had been forced to resign in 2000 for giving gifts to prospects and writing papers for them, and was slapped with an eight-year show-cause penalty, which effectively blackballed him from the collegiate ranks until 2009. As a result, they were banned from post-season play in 2002 and lost 19 scholarships over the next three seasons. Mumme, however, was not given any individual sanctions. He was replaced by his offensive line coach Guy Morriss.
Southeastern Louisiana University
After a hiatus of 18 months Mumme returned to football as the 12th head coach for the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in Hammond, Louisiana. The school had terminated its football program in 1985 but decided to compete again and did so in 2003 at the NCAA Division I-AA level. The team finished its first season 5–7 and posted a 7–4 mark in 2004. The program posted a 51–17 win over #6 McNeese State and entered the Top 25 in the national I-AA rankings. Southeastern Louisiana ranked first among NCAA Division I-AA teams in total offense per game (537.1 yards) and passing offense per game (408 yards) in 2003.
New Mexico State University
In December 2004 Mumme was named the head coach at Division I-A New Mexico State University, replacing Tony Samuel. Samuel had run an option offense at the school and the transition to Mumme’s passing offense was difficult. New Mexico State finished 0–12 in Mumme’s first season (2005).
Entering the 2006 season Mumme’s career record as a Division I head coach was 32–49. In the first game of the 2006 season, Mumme's New Mexico State team beat his former team, Southeastern Louisiana, 30–15. The 2006 New Mexico State squad went on to post a 3–9 record for the season, and for part of the season, led all Division I-A football programs in total offense and passing offense. New Mexico State finished 4–9 in 2007.
While the coach at New Mexico State, Mumme was the object of a lawsuit brought by four Muslim NMSU players and the ACLU, who claimed that Mumme subjected them to a hostile work environment on account of their religion. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court, when NMSU agreed to pay a sum of $165,000 to the four players. Neither Mumme nor NMSU admitted to any wrongdoing in the case.
Mumme was fired on December 1, 2008 after finishing 3–9 during the 2008 season, including 7 consecutive losses to end the season. He was replaced by former UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.
Mumme was hired by Division III McMurry University on April 12, 2009. After an 0–10 season in 2008, Mumme led McMurry to a 4–6 season in 2009 and improved to 6–4 in 2010 which was the first winning season for McMurry football since 2000. In 2011 Mumme led McMurry to a record of 9-3 which included a NCAA Division III playoff appearance, the first playoff appearance for McMurry since 1980. McMurry won their first ever playoff game against Trinity 25-16 before losing in the second round to ASC rival University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The season also included a victory over NCAA Division I UT-San Antonio and arch rival Hardin-Simmons.
For the 2012 season McMurry switched to NCAA Division II, the first game of that season being with the Abilene Christian Christian University Wildcats in Shotwell Stadium,(which Mcmurry lost 51-0). The 1971 game that the Abilene Christian Wildcats won by 53 to 20 had been the last in an old rivalry which had Abilene Christian leading with 24 victories 15 losses 0 ties.
On January 17, 2014, Belhaven University announced Mumme as its new head football coach. Mumme will coach his first season with the Blazers in the fall of 2014.
Head coaching record
|Iowa Wesleyan Tigers (NAIA Independent) (1989)|
|Iowa Wesleyan Tigers (Illini-Badger Conference) (1990)|
|Iowa Wesleyan Tigers (NAIA Independent) (1991)|
|Valdosta State Blazers (Gulf South Conference) (1992–1996)|
|1994||Valdosta State||11–2||6–1||2nd||L NCAA Division II Quarterfinals|
|1996||Valdosta State||10–3||6–2||1st||L NCAA Division II Quarterfinals|
|Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1997–2000)|
|1998||Kentucky||7–5||4–4||4th (East)||L Outback Bowl|
|1999||Kentucky||6–6||4–4||4th (East)||L Music City Bowl|
|Southeastern Louisiana Lions (Southland Conference) (2003–2004)|
|New Mexico State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2005–2008)|
|2005||New Mexico State||0–12||0–8||9th|
|2006||New Mexico State||4–8||2–6||7th|
|2007||New Mexico State||4–9||1–7||8th|
|2008||New Mexico State||3–9||1–7||T–8th|
|New Mexico State:||11–38||4–28|
|McMurry War Hawks (American Southwest Conference) (2009–2011)|
|2011||McMurry||9–3||7–1||2nd||L NCAA Division III Second Round|
|McMurry War Hawks (Division II Independent) (2012)|
|Belhaven Blazers (Mid-South Conference) (2014–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
Mumme was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2009; the cancer was reportedly caught early and his prognosis is good. His wife, June, is a breast cancer survivor and is active with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Mumme has two daughters and a son, Matt, who was promoted to head coach at LaGrange College on October 31, 2013.
- "A Look at 'Air Raid' Hal Mumme Football," Scout.com, December 30, 2004.
- 1997 Kentucky Football Media Guide, p. 140.
- Kentucky Historical Scores
- 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p. 209.
- September 29, 1997 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
- 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, pp. 168, 209.
- 1997 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, pp. 205–209.
- 1999 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, pp. 172–181.
- 1999 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p. 164.
- September 21, 1998 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
- September 28, 1998 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
- October 12, 1998 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
- 1999 Kentucky Wildcats Football Media Guide, p. 169.
- September 26, 199 AP poll at AP Poll Archive
- "Mumme resigns as Kentucky football coach". USA Today. February 7, 2001. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- "Kentucky gets three years probation". CNN.
- Southeastern Louisiana University Lions football coaching records
- "New Mexico State's Mumme settles lawsuit with former players". Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- "NMSU settled discrimination lawsuit for $165K". 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- Beyer, Dave (2012-02-10). "McM Goes Across Town for 2012 Football Opener". Hal Mumme Official Website (Abilene, Texas: McMurry University Sports Information Department). Archived from the original on 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- Former UK Coach Mumme Has Cancer Yahoo Sports, February 3, 2009