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February 26, 2014

Mumford joins Warhawk staff

MONROE, La. -- ULM head football coach Todd Berry announced today the hiring of John Mumford as the program's new defensive line coach. Mumford's first official day is scheduled for March 1 and his appointment is pending approval by the University of Louisiana system's Board of Supervisors.

Mumford arrives in Monroe after spending the last 14 seasons at Army. During his time at West Point, Mumford served as the defensive line coach under Berry from 2000-03, before taking over as the interim head coach. From 2004-08, he was the program's defensive coordinator followed by a defensive ends role from 2009-13. In 2010, Army defeated SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl.

"I am privileged and absolutely fired up to re-unite with coach Berry and join the Warhawk football program," said Mumford. "Having worked with Coaches Berry, Waugh, Niekamp and meeting the staff, there is a clear and present sense of professionalism and that winning championships is the standard. I have found the folks of ULM and the greater Monroe area to be most welcoming and extremely friendly. My wife Leslie and I are both excited and blessed to be a part of this fine community!"

Mumford began his collegiate coaching career as a defensive line graduate assistant at Kansas from 1980-81 and he was also the junior varsity team's head coach. Mumford's first full-time coaching position came in 1982 as he was named the defensive line coach at South Dakota. He stayed at South Dakota from 1982-88 and was the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach from 1985-88. The program reached the Division II playoffs in 1985 (semi-finalist) and 1986 (runner-up).

"We wanted a veteran coach to work with our veteran Defensive Line," said Berry. "We were looking for someone who was accustomed to an odd front and someone who had significant recruiting experience in the south. Staff retention is also a critical component to a team's overall success and so it was significant, as it has been with the rest of the staff, that we look towards someone who has familiarity with myself and the other staff members. We have found that individual in John Mumford. He has a wealth of experience in the position and in our defense. He has been an active recruiter in this part of the country and is familiar with the staff. I know because of our background together that he is the right person for this job and am very excited to welcome him to our staff."

Mumford then moved to Southeast Missouri State where he was the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 1989 before being named head coach in 1990. At Southeast Missouri State he was the head coach from 1990-99 before joining Berry at Army. Mumford was named the Ohio Valley's Coach of the Year in 1994.

Mumford was born on Christmas Day 1956 in Lawrence, Kan. He and his wife Leslie have three daughters, Jenna, Meghan and Lauren.


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