Mike Cummings joined the Thundering Herd staff as offensive line coach in February 2005. He also currently serves as the Thundering Herd's recruiting coordinator.
During his tenure at Marshall he has coached at least one all-conference selection in each season he has been with the program. Cummings has coached three-time all-conference selection and Rimington Trophy candidate Doug Legursky at center who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2007 C-USA all-freshman guard Josh Evans, and helped develop an offensive front that has helped pave the way for such rushing standouts as first-team All-C-USA pick and N.Y. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and current Marshall standout running back Darius Marshall. In 2008, Cummings oversaw a unit that produced two all-fresman team selections in C.J. Wood and Ryan Tillman.
Cummings took over as recruiting coordinator following the 2005 season and since then, Marshall's recruiting classes have consistently been ranked among the best in Conference USA by multiple recruiting services.
Cummings came to Marshall after serving as Western Michigan University's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons.
During his three seasons at WMU, Cummings brought stability to the Bronco offensive line, helping the Broncos rank eighth nationally in passing offense in 2003 and set three offensive records for passing yards in individual games and touchdown passes thrown. He also coached two All Mid-American Conference All-Academic players during his tenure, and a Freshman All-American at center in 2004.
As Western Michigan's recruiting coordinator, Cummings helped build a 2004 recruiting class that was ranked first in the MAC by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and second-best by Street & Smith's.
Cummings, a coaching veteran of more than 20 years, served on football staffs at Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Millersville and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to his stint at Western Michigan.
During his collegiate coaching career, he has coached 20 all-conference players, 11 academic all-conference players, two All-Americans and two freshman All-Americans.
At EMU, he served as defensive line coach, special teams coach, and recruiting coordinator for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. During his time in Ypsilanti, he coached three all-conference selections and four all-conference academic team selections.
Prior to EMU, Cummings spent a season as offensive line coach at Central Michigan. That assignment was his third stint with the Chippewa program. He coached the offensive line at CMU from 1992-1997 and was a graduate assistant at CMU from 1988-1990. Cummings tutored seven all-conference selections during his time at CMU.
Cummings served as the tight ends and special teams coach at Michigan State during the 1998 season, a year in which the Spartans recorded wins over Notre Dame and Ohio State. He also coached offensive lines at Millersville during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, and at RPI in 1987.
Cummings, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., earned three varsity letters in football at the University at Buffalo, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education and exercise science in 1984. He earned a master's degree in athletics administration from Central Michigan in 1990. He and his wife Donna have two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily.