Bumpas' hiring marks his fourth reunion with Darnell. The two previously worked together at the University of Notre Dame, Tennessee Tech University and Kansas State University.
"Dick is a fine individual who has played and coached at the
highest level of championship football across the nation," said
Darnell. "He was one of the initial architects of the 4-2-5
defense, which we have used here the past few seasons, and brings a
tremendous wealth of experience."
In a coaching career that has spanned 25 years, Bumpas has
won championships in three different conferences and coached at all
three service academies. He has also taken part in 10 postseason
Bumpas, who also served as assistant head coach and
linebackers coach at Houston, installed the 4-2-5 defense upon his
arrival in 1999. That same year, Houston finished 25th nationally
in total defense, 20th against the run and 22nd in scoring defense.
In 2001, Bumpas coached Wayne Rogers, the Conference USA
Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Houston, Bumpas worked four seasons at
the U.S. Naval Academy (1995-98) in the positions of assistant head
coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. His 1997
Navy unit ranked sixth in total defense and turnover margin. At
season's end, he was invited to coach in the Blue-Gray All-Star
Game. In 1996, Bumpas' defense held California to just three second
half points in an Aloha Bowl victory — the Midshipmen's last
The 53-year-old Bumpas also spent three seasons as assistant
head coach and defensive coordinator at Utah State University
(1992-94), helping the Aggies to 1993 Big West Championship and a
Las Vegas Bowl victory over Ball State.
Other coaching stops for Bumpas have included three seasons
as defensive line coach at Notre Dame (1990-92), during which time
he mentored 1990 Lombardi Award winner Chris Zorich. In 1989,
Bumpas coached the defensive line at his alma mater, the University
of Arkansas, a team that went on to win a Southwest Conference (SWC)
championship and advanced to the 1990 Cotton Bowl.
Bumpas coached seven years in the Volunteer state, splitting
time between the University of Tennessee (1985-89) as linebackers
coach/special teams coordinator and Tennessee Tech (1983-84) as
assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. While with the
Vols, Bumpas coached three bowl championship teams (1986 Sugar, 1986
Liberty, 1988 Peach) and was part of the 1985 Southeastern
Conference (SEC) Championship.
Bumpas began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate
assistant at Arkansas during the 1977 campaign. From there, he went
to the U.S. Military Academy and implemented a new defense under
Homer Smith in 1978. Installing new defenses would become a trend
for Bumpas, who did the same thing as defensive line coach at the
U.S. Air Force Academy during a two-year tenure with the Falcons
(1979-80). Bumpas continued on as defensive line coach at Kansas
State from 1981-82, helping make possible the Wildcats' first-ever
trip to a bowl game.
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Bumpas earned three varsity
letters and was a captain for the Razorbacks. He was named SWC
Defensive Player of the Year in 1970, earning consensus All-American
honors at defensive tackle. He received a bachelor's degree in
education from Arkansas in 1973.
He went on to play tight end and linebacker professionally
for the Memphis Grizzlies of the defunct World Football League
(1974-76) and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League
Bumpas is married to the former Gloria Surratt.
Houston 1999-03 Assistant Head Coach/co-Defensive
Navy 1995-98 Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Utah State 1992-94 Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Notre Dame 1990-92 Defensive Line
Arkansas 1989 Defensive Line
Tennessee 1985-89 Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
Tennessee Tech 1983-84 Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Kansas State 1981-82 Defensive Line
Air Force 1979-80 Defensive Line
Army 1978 Defensive Line
Arkansas 1977 Graduate Assistant
Bumpas Named Defensive Coordinator
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