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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.

Last year, Ricumstrict mentored a young defensive line that had multiple breakout players. Defensive tackle LT Walton ranked in the MAC's top 10 in tackles for a loss with 9.5 while junior Blake Serpa played a key role in CMU's three-game winning streak at the end of the season.

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. 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, the first for a 10-tackle performance against Montana State, followed by a 10-stop, two-interception ledger against Toledo. He returned one of those picks 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.

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 and Anton.

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