Hal has committed to an energetic outreach effort and I look forward to working with him to connect the NMSU Athletics Department with the community of Las Cruces and the state of New Mexico."
Mumme has most recently served as the head coach at NCAA Division I-AA football school Southeastern Louisiana (2002-04). He helped revive the football program after an 18-year absence, leading the Lions to a 12-11 record in two seasons.
The 52-year-old native of San Antonio, Texas, has also served as head coach at Kentucky (1997-2000), Valdosta State (1992-96) and Iowa Wesleyan (1989-91). He worked as the offensive coordinator at UTEP (1982-85), the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at West Texas State (1980-81) and was the head coach at Aransas Pass High School (1979) and Copperas Cove High School (1986-88) in Texas. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Moody High School (1976-78) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In 14 seasons as a head coach, Mumme has a record of 97-64-1 and has taken teams to the postseason seven times.
Mumme also announced the hiring of the majority of his staff, including former NFL assistant and Missouri and Vanderbilt head coach Woody Widenhofer.
"I'm really excited about the people that I'll be working with at New Mexico State," says Mumme. "It's kind of a new ballgame with myself, Dr. Martin (NMSU President Michael Martin) and McKinley, plus we're going into the WAC. That's really exciting."
Mumme's goals for the Aggie program are clearly defined.
"Coaching is teaching and the number one reason a student-athlete comes to New Mexico State is to get a degree. You have to motivate your students to use the tools provided by the university. When I talk to a mom or dad about coming to New Mexico State, we want them to know that the most important thing is to graduate and become a productive member of society."
"On the field our number one goal is to win the WAC. You play in a conference to win it. The second goal is to get to a bowl game. When you play in a great league like the WAC, that's the benchmark."
Mumme's five-year contract with NMSU becomes effective January 1, 2005. He will earn $197,000 in base salary plus incentives that are currently being negotiated.
Also joining Widenhofer (defensive coordinator) on Mumme's staff are Carlton Buckels Secondary) Shannon Dawson, Gary Goff (Wide Receivers) Matt Mumme (Quarterbacks) and Mason Miller (Running Backs).