Jon Sumrall begins his third season as a co-defensive coordinator at Tulane in 2014. For the past two seasons, Sumrall was also the defensive line coach, but will oversee the linebackers this season.
Sumrall, 31, came to New Orleans after spending the five seasons at the University of San Diego. Sumrall landed at USD in 2007 from the Kentucky where he worked with USD head coach, Ron Caragher.
Sumrall's defense was a crucial part of Tulane's first bowl-eligible season in 2013, as the team was second in the nation in turnovers created with 35 (16 fumble recoveries and 19 interceptions). The 19 interceptions ranked as sixth in the nation, while the 16 fumble recoveries were good for fourth in the NCAA.
Additionally, the defensive unit allowed just 352.1 yards per game, ranking 22nd overall in the nation in total defense. The defense totalled 2.92 sacks per game, good for 13 in the nation, while the red zone defense was ranked 11th in the NCAA.
Sumrall's defensive line had a fantastic year in 2013, as Julius Warmsley earned first team All C-USA honors after leading the team with 18.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive end Royce LaFrance also had a solid campaign, recording 10.0 tackles for loss while ranking second on the team with 6.5 sacks.
In his first season at Tulane, Sumrall's defensive line accounted for 27.5 tackles for lost yardage, including 13.5 sacks, recorded 11 quarterback hurries and forced four fumbles and recovered two. Senior Austen Jacks and junior Julius Warmsley each earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors.
From 2007-09, he served as USD's defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator. He served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2010-2011 and assumed the role of assistant head coach during the 2011 Toreros season.
In 2011, the Toreros chalked up a 9-2 campaign including a 7-1 conference mark. The squad ranked 15th nationally in run defense (113 ypg), 13th in pass efficiency defense, 4th in sacks (3.64 pg), and 16th in 3rd down percentage defense (32.2 percent).
The USD defense had numerous players receive accolades. Sophomore defensive end Blake Oliaro was named Pioneer Football League (PFL) Defensive Player of the Year, AP Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) second team All-America, first team all-conference, and team Defensive MVP. The Torero defense placed five others on the all-conference list. Linebacker Zach Dunaj, safety Loka Kanongataa, and corner Al-Rilwan Adeyemi all made first team all-conference; while linebacker Joe Martin and defensive end Mario Kurn were second team selections.
In Sumrall's first season as defensive coordinator in 2010, the defense ranked first in scoring defense (16.1 ppg), total defense (265 ypg), run defense (67.1 ypg), and third down conversions (31.7%) in league play, and was also ranked second in pass defense (197.9 ypg).
Following the 2010 season, defensive end Mario Kurn was named a Ted Hendricks Award finalist, Buck Buchanan Award Finalist, first team All-America by Phil Steele and The Sports Network, second team All-America by the Associated Press, first team all-conference and Team MVP. Defensive back Al-Rilwan Adeyemi was named first team All-PFL and Defensive MVP. Safety Loka Kanongataa was acknowledged as second team all-conference while linebacker Mike Calahan, defensive tackle Dusty Geyer, and safety Fred Obi were named honorable mention All-PFL.
During the 2008 season Sumrall coached two players who received post-season accolades. Defensive tackle Chris Gianelli was named 2008 USD Defensive MVP and defensive end Kevin Dunn was tabbed as USD's Most Improved Defensive Player.
In 2007 Sumrall coached defensive end Eric Bakhtiari who was a 2007 Walter Camp first team All American and an AP first team All American in the FCS. Bakhtiari also earned honors as a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, PFL Defensive Player of the Year, and USD's Defensive MVP. Bakthiari's season totals for 2007 were 76 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, and 20 sacks. The 20 sacks led the FCS for the 2007 season. Sumrall also oversaw the development of defensive tackle Alex Rice who was tabbed as USD's Most Improved Defensive Player of the Year by the Torero's coaching staff.
Sumrall spent two seasons (2005-2006) serving as the defensive graduate assistant at his Alma Mater, the University of Kentucky. In 2006 Kentucky recorded an 8-5 record and finished the season with a victory over Clemson in the Music City Bowl. While at Kentucky he worked with the linebackers and the secondary.
He also had a lead responsibility in breaking down opponent film, organizing scouting reports, handling "self-scout" of UK tendencies, and running the offensive scout team. As a collegiate player Sumrall was a three-year letterman at middle linebacker for Kentucky from 2002-04.
His best season came in 2004 when he started every game while leading the team with 72 tackles. As a high school player at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama, Sumrall was a two time all-state performer and a four-year letterman.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Sumrall completed his bachelor's degree in finance in 2004 and has completed coursework on a master's degree in sports leadership. While in college he was a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and also was selected for the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics.
Sumrall and his wife Ginny reside in New Orleans and one-year-old twins- Samuel George and Sadie Gayle- born June 25, 2013.