Kevin Sumlin

Kevin Sumlin
Sumlin as the head coach of Texas A&M
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Arizona
Conference Pac-12
Record 0–1
Biographical details
Born (1964-08-03) August 3, 1964
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
2012–2017 Texas A&M
2018–present Arizona
Head coaching record
Overall 86–44
Bowls 4–3
Accomplishments and honors
2 C-USA West Division (2009, 2011)
SEC Coach of the Year (2012)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2009, 2011)

Kevin Warren Sumlin (born August 3, 1964) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head coach at the University of Arizona.[1] Previously, Sumlin was head coach at Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.[2]

Early life

Sumlin was born in Brewton, Alabama, on August 3, 1964.[3] 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 coach at Washington State, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Purdue (all, except for Minnesota, alongside 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 two years as co-offensive coordinator. In addition to Stoops and Slocum, he has served as an assistant under 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.[4] 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, Sumlin's offense was one of the best in the country, averaging 44 points per game.[5] 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.[6]

On December 10, 2011, Sumlin told his players that he was leaving Houston, effective immediately, in order to accept a job at another school.[7] 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.[8][9]

In 2012, Sumlin named quarterback Johnny Manziel his starter.[10] 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. Sumlin and the 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 eight games in his first season as head coach.[11]

On November 30, 2013, Sumlin agreed to a new six-year contract as head coach at Texas A&M. The contract, valued at $30 million over six years, is guaranteed. If Texas A&M had fired him after the 2015 and 2016 seasons the buyout amounts ($20 million and $15 million respectively) would have had to be paid out within 60 days of termination.[12]

On November 21, 2017, news outlets reported that Sumlin would be fired following the 2017 season finale against LSU.[13] On November 26, 2017, Sumlin was fired after six seasons. He compiled a 51–26 record during his tenure.[14]

On January 14, Sumlin was hired as the University of Arizona's head coach.[15]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2008–2011)
2008 Houston 8–56–23rd (West)W Armed Forces
2009 Houston 10–46–21st (West)L Armed Forces
2010 Houston 5–74–43rd (West)
2011 Houston 12–18–01st (West)TicketCity*1720
Houston: 35–1724–8
Texas A&M Aggies (Southeastern Conference) (2012–2017)
2012 Texas A&M 11–26–2T–2nd (Western)W Cotton55
2013 Texas A&M 9–44–44th (Western)W Chick-fil-A1818
2014 Texas A&M 8–53–56th (Western)W Liberty
2015 Texas A&M 8–54–4T–5th (Western)L Music City
2016 Texas A&M 8–54–44th (Western)L Texas
2017 Texas A&M 7–5**4–4T–4th (Western)Belk**
Texas A&M: 51–2625–23
Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12 Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Arizona 0–10–0(South)
Arizona: 0–10–0
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

*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.
** Sumlin was fired from Texas A&M after the 2017 regular season and he did not coach in the Belk Bowl.

Coaching tree

Notable head coaches under whom Sumlin has served:

Assistants under Sumlin who have become head coaches:


  1. "Arizona Selects Kevin Sumlin to Lead its Football Program - Arizona, University of". Arizona, University of. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. Schad, Joe (December 13, 2007). "Source: Houston hires Sumlin, eighth minority coach in FBS". ESPN. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  3. "A different South for Sumlin's father". September 5, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. "Kevin Sumlin, the unlikely QB guru". ESPN. August 12, 2014.
  5. Mark Schlabach, Yellow Jackets, Wolverines, Midshipmen earn high marks,, December 17, 2007.
  6. "Southern Mississippi vs. Houston - Box Score - December 3, 2011 - ESPN". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. Khan, Sam Jr. Sumlin leaves post as UH head coach. Houston Chronicle, December 10, 2011.
  8. Berman, Mark. Kevin Sumlin is Leaving the University of Houston. KRIV, December 10, 2011.
  9. Source: Kevin Sumlin to coach A&M. ESPN, December 10, 2011.
  10. "Kevin Sumlin's Absolutely Ridiculous Quarterback Tree". Bleacher Report. March 19, 2014.
  11. Burson, Rusty (September 1, 2013). 100 Things Texas A&M Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781623682873.
  12. "Kevin Sumlin to receive new 6-year deal from Texas A&M" (article on Sporting News)
  13. Zwerneman, Brent (November 21, 2017). "Source: Report: Sumlin to be fired after LSU game". KBTX. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  14. "Texas A&M fires Sumlin, eyes FSU's Fisher". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  15. "Arizona officially hires Kevin Sumlin as new head coach". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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