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Former UM Hurricanes star Mike Rumph named coach at American Heritage

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

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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