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Mose Rison
Mose  Rison

Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan


Phone: (989) 774-3896

Mose Rison, a member of Central Michigan's 1974 Division II national championship team and former assistant coach, is in his 13th season as a CMU assistant.

Rison was named assistant head coach by John Bonamego shortly after Bonamego took the reins of the Chippewa program on Feb. 8, 2015.

Rison has served as the Chippewas’ receivers’ coach since 2012, and was the receivers coach/special teams coordinator during his first stint as a CMU assistant from 1981-88. During that time, Rison coached Bonamego, who played wide receiver and quarterback as a Chippewa.

Under Rison’s tutelage, CMU has produced several standout pass catchers, including 2014 graduate Titus Davis and Cody Wilson (2012), both of whom are among the very best to have ever played at CMU.

Davis was a four-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and two-time winner of the Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award. He is CMU’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (37) and receiving yardage (3,705).

Wilson finished his career catching a pass in 42 consecutive games and ranks third all-time in receptions (230) and sixth in receiving yards (2,729).

A native of Flint, Mich., Rison was a four-year letterman (1974-77) who still ranks 10th in Central Michigan history with 2,838 career rushing yards. He was CMU's Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection after rushing for 1,241 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns (11 rushing, one kickoff return) in 1977.

After departing CMU in 1988, Rison spent two seasons at Navy (1989-90), five at Rutgers (1991-95), and six at Stanford (1996-2001), where he helped the Cardinal to a Pac-10 Conference championship in 1999 and trip to the Rose Bowl. 

Rison spent two seasons in the National Football League, coaching the New York Jets' receivers in 2001 and 2002. He was part of a staff that helped lead the Jets to the AFC wild card in 2001 and an AFC East championship in 2002. 

In 2006, Rison served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina Central. While mentoring a freshman quarterback, he helped install a new offensive system that produced a school-record 30.9 points per game as the Eagles finished 11-1 and won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title.

Rison was named head coach in 2007 and led NCCU's transition from NCAA Division II to the Football Championship Subdivision level. He was 16-22 in three-plus seasons as NCCU's head coach.

Rison earned his bachelor's degree from CMU in 1978 and his master's degree in 1983. Rison and his wife, Marilynn, have two daughters, Dominique and Tara.

The Rison File
1981-88 Central Michigan Receivers/Special Teams Coordinator
1988 Detroit Lions Summer Internship
1989-90 Navy Receivers
1991-95 Rutgers Receivers/Tight Ends
1993 New York Jets Summer Internship
1996-2001 Stanford Receivers
1999 Chicago Bears Summer Internship
2000 Baltimore Ravens Summer Internship
2001-02 New York Jets Receivers
2003 Arizona Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator
2004 Livingstone Offensive Coordinator
2005 Davidson Quarterbacks/Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator
2006 North Carolina Central Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2007-10 North Carolina Central Head Coach (16-22 overall)
2012 Central Michigan Receivers
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