Chris Rumph
Clemson Tigers
Position:Defensive ends coach
Personal information
Born: (1971-12-21) December 21, 1971 (age 52)
St. Matthews, South Carolina, U.S.
Career information
High school:Calhoun County
College:South Carolina
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

Chris Rumph (born December 21, 1971) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive ends coach at Clemson University. He previously served as the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Rumph previously coached at the collegiate level for over 15 years.[2]

Playing career

At the University of South Carolina, Rumph played on the defensive side at linebacker for South Carolina under head coaches Sparky Woods and Brad Scott.

Coaching career

Early coaching career

After a spring as a graduate assistant at his college alma mater, Rumph, would go on to be the head coach at his former high school for five years,[3] After a one-year stint with South Carolina State coaching defensive backs and three years coaching outside linebackers at Memphis, Rumph joined Clemson’s staff and remained there for five seasons.


From there, Rumph moved to Alabama [4] to replace Bo Davis. There, he won back-to-back BCS national championships as the team’s defensive line coach.[5][6]


Rumph spent the 2014 season at Texas as the team’s assistant head coach for defense/defensive line.


Rumph joined the Gators’ staff as a defensive line coach in 2015 and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator prior to the 2017 season. He served as Florida's full-time defensive coordinator for the final four games of the season after Randy Shannon was promoted to interim head coach when Jim McElwain was fired.[7]


Rumph worked as the defensive coordinator for Tennessee in 2018 and 2019.[8][9]

Houston Texans

Rumph then made the jump to the NFL and worked as the team’s outside linebackers coach for the 2020 season.[10][11]

Chicago Bears

In 2021, Rumph became the defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears.[12] He was not retained by the team following the firing of head coach Matt Nagy after the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Minnesota Vikings

In 2022, Rumph became the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings under head coach Kevin O'Connell.

Personal life

Rumph and his wife, Kila, are parents of two sons.[1] He also has a daughter from before marriage. One son, Chris Rumph II played college football at Duke and was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 13th pick in Round 4 (118th overall) of the 2021 draft.[13]


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  3. ^ "Report: Bears hiring Chris Rumph as defensive line coach". Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  4. ^ Kirkwood, Walter. "Alabama Defensive Line Overhaul To Be Led by Chris Rumph". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  5. ^ "Chicago Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2021-01-28. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  6. ^ Walsh, Christopher. "Where Are They Now: Former Alabama Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph". Sports Illustrated Alabama Crimson Tide News, Analysis and More. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  7. ^ Sallee, Barrett. "Florida Football: Chris Rumph Will Keep the Gators DL Elite". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  8. ^ Fleser, Dan. "UT Vols' Chris Rumph: 'It's an ugly baby right now'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  9. ^ "Chris Rumph explains decision to turn down Dan Mullen's offer to stay at Florida for Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee". Saturday Down South. 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  10. ^ Lambert, Terry A. (2020-02-10). "Reports: Chris Rumph joining the Texans staff". Rocky Top Talk. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  11. ^ "Source: Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach". RSN. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  12. ^ Wiltfong, Lester A. Jr. (2021-01-28). "Bears hire Chris Rumph as defensive line coach". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  13. ^ "Chris Rumph II - 2020 - Football". Duke University. Retrieved 2021-02-16.