Induction Year: 2011
Inducted as a recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award
Jeff Mumm, a figure long synonymous with excellence in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award for 2011.Mr. Mumm, who graduated from UW-Superior in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health education, has been an educator and coach for nearly three decades.
As an athlete at UW-Superior, Mr. Mumm was named the Rookie of the Year in both football and baseball.He was an All-WSUC selection twice in both sports, the honors coming in 1980 and 1981.
In 1984, Mr. Mumm became an instructor of physical education and health education at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.A year later he became the head football coach, taking over a program that was languishing.
Today, 25 years later, Mr. Mumm has built a program that is among the finest in Minnesota, consistently ranked in Minnesota Class AA.In 2005 he was chosen as a head coach in the Minnesota High School Football All-Star Game, with his Outstate All-Stars defeating the Metro All-Stars 39-25 in the contest.
He has been recognized as the North Country Conference Coach of the Year three times - 2004, 2006 and 2007.He also has been named Section 8AA Coach of the Year twice - 2005 and 2006.Mr. Mumm currently is the First Vice President of the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association.
In addition to football, Mr. Mumm was an assistant track coach for 12 years, the freshman girls' basketball coach for nine years, and the assistant coach with the Thief River Falls girls' basketball team for three years. Since 1985, Mr. Mumm also has been the strength training coordinator at Thief River Falls High School.