Roderick Plummer Named Linebackers Coach

Roderick Plummer

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross football team has named Roderick Plummer its new linebackers coach, as announced by head coach Tom Gilmore. Plummer, who has 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, joins the Crusaders after spending the last two seasons at the University of Massachusetts.

During the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, Plummer was the running backs coach at UMass, in addition to serving as special teams coordinator in 2012. He played a key role for the Minutemen in helping the program transition to the Mid-American Conference and the football bowl subdivision.

Prior to his time at UMass, Plummer was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Yale from 2009-2011. His other coaching stops include time at Cornell (2004-2006), Florida A&M (2008), Hampton (1997-1998), Idaho (2007), James Madison (1996), Kutztown (1994-1995 and 2002-2003), Michigan State (1999-2000) and Wayne State (2001). Plummer helped lead Hampton to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in 1997 and 1998, and was on the staff of the Michigan State team which won the Citrus Bowl following the 1999 season. He also had National Football League coaching fellowships with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Cleveland.

A number of Plummer's former players have either been drafted or signed free agent contracts in the National Football League, including T.J. Conley (Idaho), Michael Cox (UMass), LeRoy Vann (Florida A&M) and Bryan Walters (Cornell).

A native of Oakland, Calif., Plummer is a 1993 graduate of Washington State University, where he was a four-year letterwinner and starting linebacker for the Cougars. In 2002, he was inducted into the St. Mary's College High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Saturday, March 15.