SMU Adds Mumme To Football Coaching Staff
March 20, 2013
In January of 2013, Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY wrote, "In the first 100-plus years of NCAA football, only 10 players passed for 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in their careers. In the past 15 years, 49 have done it. Hal Mumme is one of the reasons why."
Numerous college head coaches are part of Mumme's coaching tree - either direct descendants or second-generation offshoots: Mike Leach, Dana Holgorsen, Sonny Dykes, Art Briles, Kliff Kingbury, David Dean, Greg McMackin, Ruffin McNeill, Will Muschamp and Chris Hatcher.
Mumme arrives at SMU after spending four seasons as head coach at McMurry. Taking over a program that had lost 13 consecutive games and not had a winning season in the eight seasons prior to his arrival, Mumme quickly turned around the program and led McMurry to a 27-16 record and three consecutive winning seasons. After a 6-4 campaign in 2010, the 2011 team went 9-3 to tie a school record for wins in a season and claimed McMurry's first postseason victory since 1949 by beating Trinity in the first round of the Division III playoffs. Playing as a Division II independent in the fall of 2012, the War Hawks went 8-3 and defeated Southern Arkansas, 36-35, in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl.
Mumme has also served as head coach at Kentucky, New Mexico State, Southeastern Louisiana, Valdosta State and Iowa Wesleyan.
Mumme began his head coaching career at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989, where his teams set numerous school and NAIA records. Mumme was the NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991 and led the Tigers to the postseason all three years, including the NAIA playoffs in 1991. In 1990, the Tigers led the NAIA in passing yards per game at nearly 338 yards per game, and in his final season in 1991, the Tigers set NAIA records for most total pass completions (468) and average completions per game (39). In one game against Harding in 1991, IWC threw 86 passes, completing an NAIA-record 61. His teams also set school records for most passing yards in a game (538) and most yards of total offense in a game (672).
In 1992, Mumme moved to Valdosta State, where he coached quarterback Chris Hatcher. Under Mumme, Hatcher was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year and led the Blazers to the 1996 Gulf South Conference Championship. Mumme was tabbed the Gulf South Conference and the AFCA Region II - Division II Coach of the Year in 1996.
Mumme was then hired at Kentucky in 1997, and in his first season as head coach, the Wildcats improved from 109th in the nation in total offense to sixth and beat Alabama for the first time in 75 years. For his efforts he was named the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year. In 1998, Mumme led the Wildcats to a victory at No. 21 LSU, the Wildcat's first road victory over a ranked team in 21 years. UK finished 7-5 with the season culminating with a trip to the Outback Bowl, as Mumme became the first Wildcat coach to take the team to a New Year's Day bowl game since Bear Bryant in 1951. That same year, Mumme tutored Heisman Trophy finalist Tim Couch, who was named the SEC Male Athlete of the Year after completing 400 of 553 passes (72.3 percent) for 4,275 yards and 36 touchdowns. His pass completions total was the best in the nation while his yardage total, touchdowns and completion percentage each ranked second in the country. Couch was then chosen No. 1 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
In 1999, the Wildcats went 6-6 and played in the Music City Bowl, and Mumme was named the South/Southwest Coach of the Year by Football News. College Football Hall of Fame coaches Jerry Claiborne and Bryant were the only other coaches to have taken the Wildcats to consecutive bowl games prior to Mumme's arrival at Kentucky.
Mumme then undertook the challenge of building a program from scratch, taking over at Southeastern Louisiana, which had dropped football after the 1985 season. When Mumme was hired in June 2002, the program had no equipment, no coaches and no players. Mumme went to work and in just two seasons on the field, SLU had remarkable results. In his first year at Southeastern, the Lions posted a 5-7 record, the fourth-best mark for a Division I-A or I-AA startup program since 1980. The next season the Lions went 7-4, including a 51-17 win over No. 6 McNeese State. That win propelled the second-year program into the Top 25 in the National I-AA Rankings.
After those two seasons, Mumme took over at New Mexico State where he spent four seasons, developing Chase Holbrook, NMSU's all-time leading passer and the fourth-most prolific passer in WAC history, and Chris Williams, the school's all-time leading receiver.
Mumme was born in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. He played football at New Mexico Military Institute (1970-71) and Tarleton State University (1974-75). He received his bachelor's degree from Tarleton in 1975.
Hal and his wife June have three grown children and two grandsons.