Jan. 7, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Friday the hiring of Chris Rumph, who will serve as defensive line coach with the Crimson Tide. Rumph, a four-year letterman during his playing days at South Carolina, joins Alabama's coaching staff after five years as the defensive ends coach at Clemson.
"I'm extremely pleased and happy to have Chris join our staff," head coach Nick Saban said. "It is always our goal to go out and hire the best possible coach when we have the opportunity to do so and I'm confident we've done that in hiring Chris. He has an outstanding knowledge of the game, he is an excellent coach and teacher, as well as an outstanding recruiter. We are excited to have the Rumph family join the Alabama football program."
In Rumph's tenure at Clemson, the Tigers ranked among the top 25 nationally in scoring defense and total defense in each of those five years. The 2010 defense was 19th in total defense (320.3 ypg) and 13th in scoring defense (18.8 ppg). Clemson appeared in bowl games to conclude each of those five seasons and won the ACC Atlantic Division Title in 2009. Rumph coached 2010 All-American Da'Quan Bowers, who led the nation in sacks (15.5) and was tied for first in the NCAA in tackles for loss (26.0). He also coached defensive end Phillip Merling, who was the #32 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the staff at the University of Alabama and work with Coach Saban," Rumph said. "He is the best head coach in college football and this is really a great chance to learn from Coach Saban and further develop as a coach. Growing up in the southeast, the history and tradition at Alabama is something I have appreciated since I was a kid and it will be an honor to coach at such a storied program. My wife and kids are looking forward to making the move to Tuscaloosa and becoming a part of the University of Alabama. God has truly blessed me and my family."
Prior to his stint at Clemson, Rumph was the outside linebackers coach at Memphis for three years (2003-05). Memphis appeared in bowl games in each of his three seasons and won a total of 24 games during that time. He was the defensive backs coach at South Carolina State in 2002 following a five-year stint as head coach at Calhoun County (SC) High School.
Rumph was born December 21, 1971, in Orangeburg, South Carolina and played high school football at Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews. Rumph signed with South Carolina and played linebacker from 1991-94, earning his B.S. degree in 1994. He helped the Gamecocks record their first bowl victory in the 1995 Carquest Bowl. He and his wife, Kila, are the proud parents of two sons (Christopher and Elijah).