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George Ricumstrict
George  Ricumstrict

Defensive Line

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan

George Ricumstrict, a former All-Mid-American Conference linebacker and assistant coach at Central Michigan, rejoined the Chippewas as their defensive line coach in 2013.

In 2014, Ricumstrict mentored a unit that continued its ascension to an elite spot among the front fours in the MAC, leading a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league and 29th in FBS. Among that group was tackle Leterrius Walton, a First Team All-MAC selection who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Three of the four starters along the defensive line return in 2015, including ends Joe Ostman and Blake Serpa. Serpa, a senior, made four sacks among a team-high 12 1/2 tackles-for-loss last season, while Ostman recorded 60 tackles -- ranking third on the team -- a year ago while earning Third Team All-MAC honors. Junior Jabari Dean is the third starter who returns to the front four.

Ricumstrict's coaching career spans two decades, all at the collegiate level, beginning in 1991 as a graduate assistant at CMU. He then served in a variety of coaching roles at Northwood (1993-94), Wayne State (1995), Michigan State (1996), Army (1997), and Missouri Southern (1998-99) before returning to CMU to coach linebackers and special teams under head coach Mike DeBord from 2000-2003.

In 2004, Ricumstrict became the linebackers coach at Miami (Ohio) then moved on to Indiana, where he coached special teams, linebackers and defensive ends from 2005-10. In 2011, Ricumstrict worked as an assistant at Central Missouri and in 2012 at Eastern Illinois before returning to Mount Pleasant in 2013.

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.

He was twice honored that season as the MAC Defensive Player of the Week, the first for a 10-tackle performance against Montana State, the second for a 10-stop, two-interception ledger against Toledo. He returned one of those picks against the Rockets 71 yards for a touchdown. He finished the season with 121 total tackles, including 71 solos and 11 for loss, and had three interceptions and one fumble recovery.

In 1988, Ricumstrict received the Kurt Dobronski Award, an honor presented annually to the Central Michigan senior who demonstrates great effort, intensity and appreciation for the football program.

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 during his CMU career.

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 and Anton.
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