Bryan Ellis has been promoted to running backs coach while Jamarcus Shephard will aid in special teams.
Ricky Brumfield serves as WKU's cornerbacks and assists with the special teams after previously spending two years as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Nicholls State.
In his first season on The Hill, Brumfield's cornerback group proved to be among the nation's best and topping the conference in every statistical category for pass defenders including total interceptions, passing defense efficiency and pass defense. Brumfield's primary corners, Tyree Robinson and Cam Thomas, combined for nine of the team's 14 interceptions including two each against Texas State.
The Hilltopper pass defense contributed to a total defense which ranked No. 15 in the nation at the conclusion of the regular season and allowed nearly 60 fewer yards per contest to opposing quarterbacks than other defenses in the conference.
Brumfield's coverage units on special team's also excelled as WKU finished the regular season as the top kick and punt cover unit in the league, finishing the year with a net kickoff coverage average of 41.1 yards.
In 2011 under Brumfield's tutelage, the Nicholls State special teams unit was among the leaders in the FCS in blocked kicks, accounting for six on the year. In addition, kick returner Chika Madu set a single-game Southland and program record with 304 yards and two touchdowns against Stephen F. Austin en route to being named National, Southland and Louisiana Player of the Week. As a unit, Nicholls finished the season ranked 14th in the FCS with a 23.55 yard kick return average. Punter Cory Kemps finished sixth in the nation with a 42.8 yard per punt average, joining Madu as a first-team All-Southland honoree.
In the secondary, along with finishing second on the team in tackles, safety Siegan Vergenal was tied for fourth in the FCS with five forced fumbles.
Brumfield, a native of New Orleans, joined the Nicholls State staff after directing the special teams at Fairmont State University for seven seasons. In 2010, the Fighting Falcons ranked No. 1 in their conference in overall special teams as his squad blocked five kicks, caused two turnovers and scored two touchdowns on the year.
In 2009, Fairmont State had the third best kick return average in NCAA Division II. Under Brumfield's direction in 2010, three Falcons earned all-conference for special teams. Kicker Frank Keenan and punter Ben Landis were named first-team while second-team kicker returner Zack Page became the all-time record holder in three kick return categories for Division II kick returns, kick return yards and combined return yards.
At Fairmont State, Brumfield also served as wide receivers coach where his top receiver, Perry Baker, was one of the few non-Division I players to be selected to play in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game.
During his tenure at Fairmont State, Brumfield spent five summers assisting with various NFL teams. From 2007-09, he worked with the Pittsburg Steelers, tutoring wide receivers as well as contributing his efforts to special teams.
Prior to Fairmont State, Brumfield started his coaching career at Union College in 2001, serving as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. During his tenure at Union, he received his master's in 2003.Brumfield earned his bachelor's from Utah State University, where he was a four-time letterwinner and two-year starter as a wide receiver. While at Utah State, the Aggies were two-time Big West Conference Champions and earned a berth to the Humanitarian Bowl in 1997.
Brumfield and his wife, Erin, have four children; Kyan (13), McKel (9), Tacy (6) and Asher (2).
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PLAYING CAREER (Wide Receiver)