Bob Mumma enters his seventh season as the head coach at UMBC for the 2018 season after being promoted from the assistant coach job in June 2011.
After a stellar collegiate career at UMBC and two seasons of professional baseball, Mumma returned to his alma mater in the fall of 1996 and served as the Retrievers’ assistant baseball coach for the past 16 seasons.
Mumma led the Retrievers to the program's first America East title in 2017, winning three straight games in the tournament to earn their third NCAA Tournament bid. Under the tutelage of Mumma, freshman Christian Torres was named America East Rookie of the Year, the second player in three years to earn the award.
Since taking over the program, the team has seen the best winning percentage increase of any program in the country. Mumma has coached three Freshman All-Americans (Kevin Lachance, Jamie Switalski, Matt Chanin), had the America East Pitcher of the Year in Conrad Wozniak (2015), and Rookie of the Year (Chanin, 2015). Over his four years at the helm, Mumma and his staff have placed seven players on the all-conference first team, with eight on second team and all-rookie team.
"We have an extraordinary staff who focuses a lot on player development," Mumma said. "Our players are driven and have high expectations of themselves."
"I am excited about how far we have come in a short period of time," Mumma said about his four years as head coach. "The goal now is to win a regular season title and earn a spot in the conference tournament every year," He would continue.
This past spring, the Retrievers finished 34-20, the first time over 30 wins since 2002, and the second most wins in a single season. UMBC finished 20-3 at home, including a midweek record of 13-1.
Mumma succeeded John Jancuska, who coached the Retrievers from 1978-2011. Tom Rider (1967-75) and Hal Sparks (1976-77) are the only other coaches to pilot the UMBC baseball team in the program’s 46 years of varsity competition.
“I am extremely excited to have this opportunity,” Mumma said. “Other than trying to be a Major League player, it was my dream to be a head coach, and once I got into coaching, this was where I wanted to be a head coach.
The Rising Sun, Md., native competed as a catcher at UMBC from 1990-92. In his freshman campaign, Mumma slugged 14 home runs and hit .339, earning a place on the Coppertone Freshman All-America squad. The following season, he hit .395 with 15 round-trippers and 53 RBIs, earning Player of the Year honors from the East Coast Conference. He was also named to the ECAC, All-East Region and East Coast Conference first teams. Mumma capped his collegiate career by hitting .346 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in 1992, as the Retrievers earned an at-large bid and competed in their first NCAA Division I tournament.
Mumma earned East Coast Conference First Team honors in 1992 and was also named to the GTE Academic All-America squad.
He was drafted in the 13th round by the Chicago White Sox in June 1992 and signed a professional contract with the club. The backstop completed his economics degree in May 1993 and played for two years in the White Sox system.
Mumma is the Retrievers' all-time leader in home runs (42), is tied for second in RBIs (152) and ranks among the top 10 in six other offensive categories. He was selected to the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 and currently serves on the school’s Hall of Fame selection committee.
Prior to becoming a full-time assistant coach in September 2005, Mumma served as an academic counselor in the UMBC Athletics EXCELL program, working with all of the university's student-athletes.
Mumma, who received his MBA from the University of Baltimore in the spring of 2000, resides in Elkridge, Md., with his wife, Kristy Hartman-Mumma, a 1999 UMBC alumnae who served as UMBC’s head field hockey coach from 2000-05.