Contract Details for Maryland Assistant Kevin Sumlin

One day after news surfaced that Kevin Sumlin was headed to College Park, Maryland officially announced the addition of Sumlin on Wednesday afternoon to fill a big void on the coaching staff.

Sumlin joins the program as the associate head coach, co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. He heads to College Park on a two-year deal with an annual salary of $450,000, which includes $150,000 in supplemental income. Sumlin’s contract was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request from the university.

“Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff and I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s joining our program,” said Locksley via release. “My relationship with Kevin goes back over 25 years. He has a tremendous football mind, along with a proven track record of developing players and winning at the highest levels. I’m excited to welcome him and his family to College Park.”

Sumlin fills the void left vacant by Mike Miller and Dan Enos, who departed for Charlotte and Arkansas, respectively. Though he won’t work with four-year starter Taulia Tagovailoa fill as Locksley scours the market for the vacancy, Sumlin was able to produce former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Case Keenum at Houston with the longtime head coach now able to leave his imprint on the Terrapin offense. Sumlin also inherits a tight end room that returns Corey Dyches, Leron Husbands, Preston Howard and adds Rico Walker this spring. Sumlin previously coached the position during his time at Oklahoma 20 years ago over a three-season span, which included two BCS Championship appearances.

Via release:

Sumlin’s head coaching history at the college ranks includes stops at the University of Houston (2008-11), Texas A&M University (2012-17) and the University of Arizona (2018-20).

At Texas A&M, Sumlin compiled a 51-26 record including three bowl victories in six seasons and a top-five end of season ranking and Cotton Bowl win in 2012. At Houston, Sumlin amassed a 35-17 record in four seasons. In his 10 seasons as a head coach prior to Arizona, Sumlin compiled an 86-43 record and his teams played in bowl games in nine of those 10 seasons.

During his time at Texas A&M, Sumlin averaged over eight victories per season and won at least seven games each year. His 44 wins over his first five seasons in College Station marked the second-fastest coaching start in school history, behind only R.C. Slocum’s 49 wins from 1989-93. Sumlin was the first Aggie head coach to lead his first six teams to a bowl game. In addition, Sumlin guided Johnny Manziel to a stellar freshman season that saw him throw for 3,419 yards and 24 TDs, while running for 1,181 yards and 19 TDs en route to winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

Despite his defensive background as a linebacker at Purdue in the mid-1980s, it was Sumlin’s offenses that were his calling card as a head coach in the SEC. In his six seasons at Texas A&M, his offenses led the conference in passing, scoring and total offense twice. His 2012 offense became the first to break the 7,000-yard plateau in total offense with 7,261 yards, and his 2013 unit was just a yard shy of the milestone.

Sumlin has been named a finalist for the AFCA’s National Coach of the Year Award (2011) and for the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year (2009). He’s coached in 16 bowl games, including all four traditional New Year’s Day games.

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