Mike Rumph

Mike Rumph taking American Heritage to new heights

When he took over the head coaching job at Plantation American Heritage this year, former University of Miami standout Mike Rumph realized that he was stepping into a special situation.

Having been an assistant on the team the past few years under Jeff Dellenbach, the one-time NFL defensive back was ready for the challenge.

Even in his debut against nationally rated Miami Central, Rumph found a way to put his team in a spotlight against the potent Rockets. The Patriots have been in that spotlight ever since.

Loaded with talent, American Heritage has been able to roll over the competition — and after last week’s convincing district title-clinching win against Cardinal Gibbons, there are few teams who will have the athletes to match up against this outstanding football team.

For a program that had been all about gifted running back Sony Michel for the past four years, there has been a change in focus. While the University of Georgia-bound standout is the centerpiece of this team, he is not alone.

“This is a program that has benefited from a strong offseason — and that’s why we continue to improve each week,” Rumph said. “This is a team and a coaching staff that have worked too hard not to see some real results.”

The Patriots are one of the strong favorites to reach Orlando and play for a 5A state title because of players like Michel, and fellow seniors Isaiah McKenzie (Notre Dame), safety Carter Jacobs (Cincinnati), versatile linebacker Brandon Vicens, defensive back Juwan Dowels (Northern Illinois) and receiver Dallas Perez.


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American Heritage’s Mike Rumph, Michel invited to bowl game

Plantation American Heritage coach Mike Rumph used to stand on the sidelines of NFL fields, cherishing the moments when military fighter jets would fly over the stadiums following the national anthem before his games on Sunday.

It gave Rumph, who was a defensive back on UM’s national-championship team in 2001 before stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, a sense of pride he still feels before leading his team through the national anthem during their games on Friday.

“It’s a feeling that I can’t explain,” Rumph said. “Just to come out there as a professional, and when those jets fly across the stadium, it makes what you’re doing so small. You’re just out there playing for fun. That kept me humble and kept things in context for me as a player.”

Rumph and running back Sony Michel were honored at their school Friday with invitations to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, 2014, in San Antonio.

“I’m really, really honored to do this,” Rumph said. “I always thought as a person if I couldn’t make it in college, I would go to the Army. It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to represent the Army in some fashion.”

As for the soft-spoken and laid-back Michel, he thanked God, his teammates, family and staff at American Heritage during his brief acceptance speech.
“Not a lot of kids get this opportunity,” Michel said after the presentation.

“I just go out there and play for my family. That’s the only thing I could say I could play for.”

Even though Michel — rated a five-star recruit by several media outlets and considered the second-best running back in the nation by ESPN — has been orally committed to Georgia since April, he said the University of Miami is still trying to work its way into his consideration.

Michel, who will attend Saturday’s UM game against Wake Forest at Sun Life Stadium, said he’s still firm in his oral commitment to Georgia despite speaking with UM running-backs coach Hurlie Brown once every two weeks.

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American Heritage football coach Mike Rumph named as coach for U.S. Army All American Bowl

American Heritage football coach Mike Rumph was named as a coach for the U.S. Army All American Bowl game set for Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

U.S. Army All American representatives named Rumph, who is in his first season at Heritage, as a coach at the school on Thursday.

He has the Patriots at 4-1 this season and will play a key District 16-5A game on Friday against Miami Jackson

U.S. Army All American representatives named Rumph, who is in his first season at Heritage, as a coach at the school on Thursday.

He has the Patriots at 4-1 this season and will play a key District 16-5A game on Friday against Miami Jackson

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Mike Rumph named coach at American Heritage

A day after announcing that former Miami Dolphin Jeff Dellenbach would no longer be the school’s football coach, Plantation American Heritage replaced him with another former local star.

American Heritage named former University of Miami and NFL defensive back Mike Rumph its new football coach.

Rumph, 33, guided the Patriots’ boys’ and girls’ track and field teams to state championships this past May in his first season as the school’s head coach for that sport.

Rumph was named The Miami Herald’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.

With Dellenbach also no longer the school’s athletic director, American Heritage also announced that position will be filled by Karen Stearns, a 15-year employee with the school.

Stearns most recently been the school’s compliance officer dealing with matters involving the Department of Education and the FHSAA bylaws and guidelines, and has a long history and background with athletics and management.

Rumph, a graduate of American Heritage-Delray and former first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, replaces Dellenbach, who guided the Patriots to back-to-back 9-2 seasons that ended with district championships and first-round playoff losses to Miami Jackson.

This is the first head coaching job for Rumph, a member of UM’s 2001 national championship team.

Rumph played six seasons in the NFL, four of which came with the 49ers before brief stints with the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams. He retired in 2008.

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All Canes Radio With Kareem Brown

Every Thursday Night proCanes.com joins All Canes Radio to bring the latest news on not only current Hurricane football but also proCane news and exclusive interviews with current and former proCanes live from Shake Shack in Coral Gables.

Click here to listen to this week’s show and hear our exclusive interviews with proCanes Kareem Brown, Steve Edwards and Coach Mike Rumph. Listen as Brown discusses the experience he got while being on the FIU Football staff this past season, his plans for the future, his thoughts on this past year’s Hurricane defensive line and much more! Edwards who was Florida Mr Basketball twice and was one of the building blocks of the University of Miami basketball program talks about why he chose to go to the U, his experience playing overseas basketball and what he is up to now. Coach Rumph talks about his experience being a defensive coordinator at American Heritage HS, his defensive philosophy and his thoughts on what made the U great.

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proCanes Flood Impressive list of assistant coaches for Battle of Florida

Howard Schnellenberger and Bobby Bowden won't be stealing the spotlight when it comes to coaches for the Battle of Florida.

Check out this list of former college and NFL players ---

Devin Bush, Leon Searcy, Kerwin Bell, Ernie Mills, Jesse Hester, Oronde Gadsen.

And that is just he North side...

Mike Rumph, Mike Kruczek, Donnell Bennett and Don Soldinger are among those on the South.

Now some names may pop out, some not, but google the ones you don't know.

That is a lot of firepower. Rumph was a Delray kid who played at Atlantic, starred at Miami, and went on to solid NFL career.

Searcy was another Miami to NFL guy. Hester went to FSU then to the NFL, etc, etc.

I'm sure the players will like having former NFL players helping them this week.

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