MOUNT PLEASANT — George Ricumstrict, a former All-MAC linebacker and assistant coach at Central Michigan, has returned to Mount Pleasant to coach the Chippewas’ defensive line, CMU head coach Dan Enos announced on Thursday.
“George was one of Central Michigan’s greatest linebackers and we’re extremely excited to have him back here at Central Michigan to join our staff,” said Enos. “He brings more than 16 years of defensive coaching experience and is a man of high integrity. His Michigan roots make him invaluable with recruiting. He will be a great role model and mentor to our players. We all look forward to having Coach Ricumstrict join our football family."
Ricumstrict’s coaching career spans two decades, all at the collegiate level, beginning in 1991 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. Most recently, Ricumstrict served as an assistant at Eastern Illinois, coaching defensive ends and linebackers. One year earlier, he spent a season at Central Missouri, where he directed special teams and the linebackers.
Prior to working at Central Missouri, Ricumstrict spent six years in the Big Ten with Indiana (2005-10) as the co-special teams coordinator and defensive ends and linebackers coach.
In 2000, Ricumstrict returned to CMU to coach linebackers and special teams under head coach Mike DeBord and remained on staff through 2003. In 2004, he coached the linebackers at Miami (Ohio).
Prior to his stint at CMU, Ricumstrict served in a variety of coaching roles at a number of stops including Northwood (1993-94), Wayne State (1995), Michigan State (1996), Army (1997), and Missouri Southern (1998-99)
Ricumstrict was a four-year letterman from 1985-88 at CMU, contributing to 24 wins during his career. In his senior year, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and received Second Team All-MAC recognition as an inside linebacker. That season, he was honored as MAC Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions, following a 10-tackle performance versus Montana State and after recording 10 tackles and two interceptions, returning one 71 yards for a touchdown, against Toledo. He finished the season with 121 total tackles, including 71 solos and 11 for loss, and had three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Ricumstrict was also the recipient of the 1988 Kurt Dobronski Award, an honor presented annually to the Central Michigan senior who demonstrates great effort, intensity and appreciation for the football program.
For his CMU career, the Detroit native and Northwestern High School grad compiled 266 total tackles (126 solos), 18 stops for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions.
Ricumstrict earned both his bachelor’s degree (1990) and master’s degree (1992) from Central Michigan.
Ricumstrict and his wife, Sandy, have two sons, Obie (14) and Anton (10).
Enos’ staff’s ties to Central Michigan run deep, as three of his coaches are former Chippewas players (Butch Barry, Mose Rison, and Ricumstrict), Offensive Coordinator Mike Cummings is in his third stint as a coach at CMU, and his Director of Operations, Plas Presnell, has been on staff for 31 years.
For the 2013 season, CMU returns several defensive linemen who were significant contributors in 2012 including interior players Jabari Dean, Leterrius Walton, Matt Losiniecki, Louis Palmer, and Shafer Johnson and ends Blake Serpa and Kenny McClendon.