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Nine Innings with Sherman Reed of Coppin State
By Phil Stanton
week, we will have head coaches from the Baltimore and San
Francisco areas give their thoughts on Sunday’s Super Bowl
between the Ravens and the 49ers.
Today we continue with Bob Mumma (left), entering
his second season as head coach at UMBC. He also served as a
player and assistant coach for the Retrievers.
A native of Rising Sun, Md., Mumma was a catcher
at UMBC from 1990-92. He batted .339 and belted 14 home runs in
his first year, earning Freshman All-American honors. Mumma hit
.395 as a sophomore with 15 homers and 53 RBI in being named
Player of the Year in the East Coast Conference. The following
season, he batted .346 with 13 homers and 53 RBI in helping the
Retrievers earn an at-large bid to their first NCAA Division I
Mumma was drafted in the
13th round by the Chicago White Sox in 1992 and spent two
seasons in their organization.
Following his professional career, Mumma returned
to UMBC in the fall of 1996 and spent 15 years as an assistant
coach before being elevated to head coach. He succeeded John
Jancuska, who guided the program from 1978-2011.
Mumma was inducted into the
UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s
degree in economics from UMBC in 1993 and received his MBA from
the University of Baltimore in 2000.
Mumma gives us his thoughts
on the AFC Champion, the Baltimore Ravens.
Inning – Were you a Baltimore Colts fan before they moved?
Yes I was a Colts fan. I was young when they
moved, but I was a Colts Fan.
Second Inning – Did it take you any time to
become a Ravens fan?
I was always a Ravens fan. Just a little at the
start. I was out of town playing baseball when they first came
to town. Once I got settled back in at UMBC I became a big
fan. Probably really got hooked during their first Super Bowl
season. I followed them from the start of that season.
Third Inning – Did you think all season
that this was a Super Bowl team?
No, I did not think this was going to be a Super
Bowl team once the season began. With the injury to Suggs and
watching the struggles of the defense in the preseason I thought
they would be a playoff team, but not a Super Bowl Team.
Fourth Inning – What impresses you
about John Harbaugh as a head coach?
What impressed me the most was the story of when
he met with the players and really listened to them. Things
seemed to start changing at that point. This can be difficult
for the head coach.
Fifth Inning – Which Raven do you think
would be the best baseball player?
I'm sure one or two of them have baseball in
their background, but I'll take Joe Flacco. Great arm, get him
on the mound. His brother is playing minor league ball for the
O's so there has to be some baseball blood in him somewhere.
Sixth Inning – Who on your team would
make the best Raven, and what position would he play?
That's tough. Anthony Gatto was a very good
football player in N.J. Vince Corbi ran the option in high
school. But I think maybe Joe Vanderplas. He could play D-end.
He is probably the strongest player on the team.
Seventh Inning – Who is the biggest
Baltimore fan on your team/staff?
While we have a number of Ravens fans, I would
say I am the biggest fan.
Eighth Inning – Which player from the
49ers do you fear most?
The 49ers are a great team. Kaepernick is the one
who scares me the most. With his legs, he could change the
game. The Ravens better keep him contained.
Ninth Inning – Why will the Ravens win?
What will be the final score?
The Ravens have gone through so much adversity
this year I think they are a close team. They believe in
themselves as a team. The offense is playing very well in the
playoffs and the D is keeping teams out of the end zone. They
will need to play their best game to win.
Extra Innings – What should we expect from the UMBC
Retrievers this season?
I think you will see a young but talented team. We will
compete in every game this year. As this team develops and get
more experience they will have the ability to beat anyone they
(photos courtesy of UMBC Media