Former University of Kentucky football coach Hal Mumme was hired Wednesday as head coach at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
McMurry, an NCAA Division III school, will enter 2009 on a 13-game losing streak. Mumme takes over a program that has gone 16-63 over the past eight seasons, including an 0-10 record in 2008.
"Hal Mumme's track record of turning struggling football programs around was a strong factor in our hiring decision," McMurry President Dr. John Russell said. "He is a Texas native with strong ties all over the state as well as throughout the nation. We feel his hiring rejuvenates the McMurry football program."
Mumme comes to McMurry after being fired in December as head coach at Division I New Mexico State. Mumme was 11-38 in four seasons with the Aggies.
Mumme previously was the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana, Kentucky and Valdosta State. He was 20-26 at Kentucky from 1997 to 2000.
Mumme left Kentucky after the 2000 season amid a recruiting scandal that ended with the football program being placed on probation.
Mumme, 57, returned to Lexington in February to undergo surgery for prostate cancer at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Doctors said that Mumme's cancer was diagnosed early and that his prognosis was good.
In 18 seasons as a head coach, Mumme has a record of 108-102-1.