Eric Schumann
Eric Schumann

Blue Island, Ill.

Defensive Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Alabama, 1977

Twenty-three year coaching veteran Eric Schumann is the newest member of the Green Wave coaching staff after joining the program in January 2002. Schumann took over duties as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach after a successful stint as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at SMU over the past five years.

Schumann's SMU defense led the Western Athletic Conference in 2001 and was ranked No. 22 in the nation in total defense, giving up an average of 320.1 yards per game. The Mustangs were No. 30 in rushing defense, surrendering just 122 yards per game, and were 35th in pass efficiency defense.

In 2000, his defense held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing six times, while his 1998 defense achieved a final ranking of No. 14 overall and was 12th in pass efficiency. They held opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense in four games and caused 28 turnovers.

At SMU, Schumann tutored 13 players who were named to the All-WAC team. A pair of Mustang defensive backs -- Donald Mitchell and Jacoby Rhinehart -- were selected in the 1999 NFL Draft.

Prior to going to SMU, Schumann was the defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State for five seasons, helping the Buccaneers to 10 wins and the second round of the I-AA playoffs in 1996. Schumann's other coaching stops included five seasons, in two separate stints, at Valdosta State and one season each at Livingston University, New Mexico and Troy State.

The two-time Broyles Award nominee (National Assistant Coach of the Year) was a defensive back on four Bear Bryant-coached Southeastern Conference championship teams at the University of Alabama from 1973-77, with the 1973 squad going on to claim the UPI national championship.

Schumann earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Alabama.

A native of Blue Island, Ill., Schumann has a son, Glenn (12) and a daughter, Erica (10).