Kevin Sumlin

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Kevin Sumlin
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Kevin Sumlin
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas A&M (5th season in 2016)
Conference SEC
Record 36–16
Annual salary $5 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 54)
Brewton, Alabama
Alma mater Purdue University
Playing career
1983–1986 Purdue
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1990 Washington State (GA)
1991–1992 Wyoming (WR)
1993–1996 Minnesota (WR)
1997 Minnesota (QB)
1998–2000 Purdue (WR)
2001 Texas A&M (AHC/WR)
2002 Texas A&M (AHC/OC/WR)
2003–2005 Oklahoma (TE/ST)
2006–2007 Oklahoma (Co-OC/WR)
2008–2011 Houston
2012–present Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 71–33
Bowls 4–2
Accomplishments and honors
2 C-USA West Division (2009, 2011)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2009, 2011)
SEC Coach of the Year (2012)

Kevin Warren Sumlin (born August 3, 1964) is an American football coach and former player who is currently head coach at Texas A&M University. Previously, Sumlin was the head football coach at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2011.[2]

Early life

Kevin Sumlin was born in Brewton, Alabama on August 3, 1964. He later attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, where he played football, basketball, and hockey.

Following his prep career; Sumlin attended Purdue University and was a starting linebacker for his entire college career. He was a member of the 1984 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.

Coaching career

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; 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 Dennis Erickson and Mike Price at Washington State and Joe Tiller at Purdue. While at Purdue he and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney aided Tiller in implementing the then-uncommonly used spread offense, and the Boilermakers, with Drew Brees as starting quarterback, broke a string of Big Ten passing records and made a surprise run to the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue's first Rose Bowl in three decades.[3] He left for Texas A&M and served as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for two seasons before joining the University of Oklahoma.

In his final year with the Sooners, his offense was one of the best in the country, averaging 44 points per game.[4] 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.[5]

On December 10, 2011, Sumlin told his players that he was leaving Houston, effective immediately, in order to accept a job at another school.[6] 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.[7][8]

In 2012, Sumlin named quarterback Johnny Manziel his starter.[9] 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 for the first time since 1956. Texas A&M would also lead the SEC in total offense, total scoring offense, total rushing yds, and led 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. Coach Sumlin was the first head coach to win more than 8 games in his first season as head coach.[10]

On November 30, 2013, Sumlin agreed to a new 6-year contract as head coach at Texas A&M.[11]

Head coaching record

Kevin Sumlin as Texas A&M Coach – October 2012 against LSU
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
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
2010 Houston 5–7 4–4 3rd (West)
2011 Houston 12–1 8–0 1st (West) TicketCity* 17 20
Houston: 35–17 24–8
Texas A&M Aggies (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Texas A&M 11–2 6–2 T–2nd (Western) W Cotton 5 5
2013 Texas A&M 9–4 4–4 4th (Western) W Chick-fil-A 18 18
2014 Texas A&M 8–5 3–5 6th (Western) W Liberty
2015 Texas A&M 8–5 4–4 T–5th (Western) L Music City
Texas A&M: 36–16 17–15
Total: 71–33
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

*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.


  1. "A&M Finalizes Kevin Sumlin's Deal". ESPN. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Schad, Joe (2007-12-13). "Source: Houston hires Sumlin, eighth minority coach in FBS". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-12-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Kevin Sumlin, the unlikely QB guru". ESPN. August 12, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mark Schlabach, Yellow Jackets, Wolverines, Midshipmen earn high marks,, December 17, 2007.
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  6. Khan, Sam Jr. Sumlin leaves post as UH head coach. Houston Chronicle, 2011-12-10.
  7. Berman, Mark. Kevin Sumlin is Leaving the University of Houston. KRIV, 2011-12-10.
  8. Source: Kevin Sumlin to coach A&M. ESPN, 2011-12-10.
  9. "Kevin Sumlin's Absolutely Ridiculous Quarterback Tree". Bleacher Report. March 19, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Burson, Rusty (2013-09-01). 100 Things Texas A&M Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781623682873.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Kevin Sumlin to receive new 6-year deal from Texas A&M" (article on Sporting News)

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