Kevin Sumlin, Head Football Coach, Texas A&M University
|Title||Head Football Coach|
|Annual salary||$3.1 million|
August 3, 1964 |
|Alma mater||Purdue University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Washington State (GA)
Texas A&M (OC/asst. HC)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
Kevin Sumlin (born August 3, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Texas A&M University, a position he accepted in December 2011. Sumlin was the head football coach at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2011.
Following his prep career; Sumlin attended Purdue University and was a starting linebacker for his entire college career. He was a member of the 1985 Peach Bowl team and finished in the Top Ten in total tackles (375) (191 solo, 184 assisted) and in the Top Twenty (191) in solo tackles. He led the team in tackles his freshman season (1983) with 91 total tackles, (50 solo and 41 assisted). He was a teammate of players such as Jim Everett, Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, fellow linebacker Fred Strickland and long-time NFL players Mel Gray and Cris Dishman.
Sumlin served as an assistant with Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota and Purdue; (with the common denominator of all these coaching stops, except for Minnesota, being Joe Tiller); served as assistant head coach at Texas A&M for two years under R.C. Slocum(in the second half of his last season at A&M he took over offensive coordinator duties from Dino Babers); and for five years at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops, serving the last 2 years as co-offensive coordinator . In addition to Stoops and Slocum, he has served as an assistant under Mike Price, Joe Tiller, and Dennis Erickson. In his final year with the Sooners, his offense was one of the best in the country, averaging 44 points per game. In December 2009, it was announced that Sumlin was a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award. In 2011, Sumlin coached Houston to a 12–0 start before losing the Conference USA Championship Game to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
On December 10, 2011, Sumlin told his players that he was leaving Houston, effective immediately, in order to accept a job at another school. KRIV in Houston and ESPN's Joe Schad both reported that Sumlin was to become the new coach at Texas A&M. Special teams coordinator Tony Levine coached Houston in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl.
In 2012, Sumlin named third string quarterback Johnny Manziel his starter. Johnny Manziel would go on to win the Heisman trophy and Sumlin would take Texas A&M, in their first year in the Southeastern Conference, to an 11-2 record, including victories over then #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and #11 Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Aggies finished the 2012 season ranked in the top 5 of both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Texas A&M would also lead the SEC in total offense, total scoring offense, total rushing yds, and lead the nation in third down conversion percentage. Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies would become the first SEC team in history to amass over 7,000 yds in total offense.
On November 30, 2013, Sumlin agreed to a new 6 year contract as head coach at Texas A&M.
Head coaching record
|Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2008–2011)|
|2008||Houston||8–5||6–2||3rd (West)||W Armed Forces|
|2009||Houston||10–4||6–2||1st (West)||L Armed Forces|
|2011||Houston||12–1||8–0||1st (West)||* TicketCity||14||18|
|Texas A&M Aggies (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)|
|2012||Texas A&M||11–2||6–2||T–2nd (West)||W Cotton||5||5|
|2013||Texas A&M||8–4||4–4||4th (West)||TBD Chick-Fil-A|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
*Sumlin left for Texas A&M after the regular season; Tony Levine coached the Cougars to a 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl.
- "Report: Kevin Sumlin's Contract At Texas A&M Revealed". SB Nation. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-04-24.
- Berman, Mark. Kevin Sumlin is Leaving the University of Houston. KRIV, 2011-12-10.
- Schad, Joe (2007-12-13). "Source: Houston hires Sumlin, eighth minority coach in FBS". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
- Mark Schlabach, Yellow Jackets, Wolverines, Midshipmen earn high marks, ESPN.com, December 17, 2007.
- Khan, Sam Jr. Sumlin leaves post as UH head coach. Houston Chronicle, 2011-12-10.
- Source: Kevin Sumlin to coach A&M. ESPN, 2011-12-10.