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, is in his fourth season as the Chippewas’s defensive line coach.

In 2015, Ricumstrict led a unit that continued its ascension to an elite spot amont the front fours in the Mid-American Conference, leading a defense that ranked No. 2 overall in the league and 16th among Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

CMU ranked first in the league in passing yards allowed and third in rushing yards surrendered.

Among the top returnees to the defensive front in 2016 are Joe Ostman, Jabari Dean, Mitch Stanitzek and Chris Kantzavelos, a quartet that has logged significant playing time throughout their respective careers at CMU.

In 2014, the CMU defense ranked first in the MAC and 29th in FBS. Among the leaders of that unit was tackle Leterrius Walton, a First Team All-MAC selection who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Draft.

Ricumstrict's coaching career spans two decades, all at the collegiate level, beginning in 1991 as a graduate assistant at CMU. He has 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 from 2000-03.

Ricumstrict moved on to Miami (Ohio) in 2004 where he served as the linebackers coach, then went to Indiana were 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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