March 19, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mike Cummings, who served as Central Michigan's offensive line coach for the past six seasons (1992-97) has been named tight ends and special teams coach at Michigan State, according toan announcement made Thursday by Spartan head football coach Nick Saban. Cummings replaces Pat Shurmur, who accepted the position of offensive line coach at Stanford earlier this week.
During his tenure at Central Michigan, the 36-year-old Cummings helped develop seven first-team All-Mid-American Conference offensive linemen, including two current NFL players in Scott Rehberg (New England) and Brock Gutierrez (Cincinnati.)
"mike Cummings is an impressive, young football coach," Saban asid. "His primary responsibilities at Michigan State will be coaching the tight ends and special teams but with 10 years experience as an offensive line coach, he'll assist in that area as well.
"Mike has been a successful recruiter throughout the state of Michigan. He also has tremendous recruiting ties back East, especially New Jersey, New York and the New England area."
"It's a great professional opportunity to coach in the Big Ten," Cummings said. "Michigan State is one of the nation's finest academic institutions and it has a tremendous football tradition.
"I'm looking forward to working with Nick Saban because he's a great coach, motivator and teacher. Coach Saban has a wealth of experience and I'm anxious to contribute to this coaching staff."
Cummings previously spent two years as offensive line coach at Millersville (Pa.) University (1990-91.) He began his first stint at Central Michigan as a graduate assistant coach under Herb Deromedi from 1988-89. Cummings also worked for two seasons as offensive line coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986-87) in Troy, N.Y. His first coaching assignment came on the prep level at Dunkirk (N.Y.) High School where he served as offensive line coach.
The Jamestown, N.Y. native earned three letters as an offensive lineman at the University of Buffalo from 1981-1983. Cummings received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Buffalo in 1984.
Cummings and his wife Donna have two daughters, Elizabeth (6) and Emily (3.)