Scott Rumsey is in his 19th season on Head Coach Jim Parady's staff at Marist. He will once again serve as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Rumsey is in his 12th season as associate head coach, and this is his 16th as the Red Foxes' defensive coordinator.
Rumsey will coach the team's safeties in the 2016 season, a duty he previously held from 2008-09. He also coached linebackers from 2001-07, 2011-13, and in 2015. He served as defensive line coach from 1998-2000 as well as the 2010 and 2014 seasons. In his time as defensive coordinator, Rumsey has coached 72 all-conference selections, and has been the position coach for 25 all-conference honorees.
During this time, the Marist defense has earned national recognition. In the 2014 season, free safety Zach Adler led the FCS in interceptions per game. Adler was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and was one of three Red Foxes – along with linebacker Paul Sakowski and defensive end Demetrius Williams – who earned First Team All-PFL honors. The Red Foxes ranked second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.
Rumsey was instrumental in the continued development of Terrence Fede, who became the first NFL draft choice in program history in 2014. Fede set the program’s single-season and career record for sacks. He is set to enter his third season with the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
In Marist’s PFL championship season of 2013, the Red Foxes recorded home shutouts against Valparaiso and Stetson, marking the first time since 2002 that the team recorded two shutouts in a season.
In 2012, Marist finished first in the FCS ranks in Red Zone Defense. The Red Foxes allowed the opposition to score on just 23 of its 40 trips (57.5 percent) inside the Marist 20-yard line. Marist also ranked among that national leaders in turnover ratio, going plus-9 in turnovers over 11 games last season.
The Marist defense was one of the best in the FCS ranks in 2011. The Red Foxes finished sixth in the FCS and first in the PFL by allowing an average of just 285.64 yards per game. Linebacker Ryan Cronan was a First Team All-PFL selection who led the team in tackles, and signed a contract to play professionally in Germany in the summer of 2012.
In 2009, the Marist defense was ranked 10th in the country in total defense and tied for 12th in scoring defense. The Red Foxes also recorded their first shutout in four years in a 24-0 victory over Valparaiso on Oct. 31. Nine Marist defensive players earned PFL honors.
Rumsey oversaw a change in the team's defensive philosophy heading into the 2008 season, as the Red Foxes changed from a 3-4 to a predominantly 3-3-5 look which they still utilize. Safety Rory Foley emerged as a star, setting a single-season school record with seven interceptions - a total which placed him third in the FCS ranks.
Rumsey's association with the Red Foxes football program dates back further than his coaching days. He starred as a defensive lineman at Marist and helped begin the building process of a winning program. As a rookie, Rumsey saw the Red Foxes win just two games, but by the time he graduated, he had led Marist to the top of the ACFC. In 1990, Rumsey, a two-time all-conference defensive tackle, helped the Red Foxes to a 7-2-1 overall record, and the first conference title in program history and an ACFC crown. The .750 winning percentage that season is still the best in program history.
Rumsey began his coaching career in 1991 as the defensive coordinator at Valley Central High School, before moving into the college coaching ranks at Bates College. He spent four seasons at Bates, coaching with former Marist coach Rick Pardy. During his stint at Bates, Rumsey coached both the linebackers and defensive line, before returning to the Poughkeepsie campus for the 1998 season.
Rumsey earned his Bachelor's in communications from Marist College in 1991 and a Master's in Public Administration in the spring of 2006. He and his wife, the former Casey Hollister, along with their daughters Kalie, Caden and Codi, currently reside in Montgomery, N.Y.