Bob Mumma has been promoted to head baseball coach at UMBC, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced in June 2011.
"Bob Mumma bleeds black and gold," Dr. Brown said. "He was an outstanding student-athlete for the Retrievers, earning All-Conference honors and national recognition as an Academic All-American. After playing professionally in the White Sox organization, he came back to UMBC and has been a dedicated assistant coach. He deserves an opportunity to skipper the Retrievers. I am looking forward to seeing him lead our baseball program back to prominence."
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 has served as the Retrievers' assistant baseball coach for the past 15 seasons.
Mumma succeeds 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 45 years of varsity competition.
Tim O'Brien returns for his fourth season and will be working with the infield and team defense after spending three years working with the pitching staff.
Under O'Brien's tutelage, the Retrievers decreased their team ERA over two runs per game. Austin Drewyer ranked second in NCAA Division I in fewest walks per nine innings while the entire staff ranked 49th. Drewyer and Mike Mitchell ranked among the country's leaders in complete games, ranking ninth and 42nd, respectively. O'Brien's work with the staff included a more rigourous fitness program and the benefits paid dividends with not a single pitcher missing time due to injury in 2011.
The Niagara University alum spent time as an associate scout for the Florida Marlins and Baltimore Orioles from 1993 to 2005. O'Brien won numerous awards as head coach of Long Reach High School in Columbia, Md., from 1997-2008, including Coach of the Year by The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches' Association. While at Long Reach, he served as president of the Maryland State Baseball Coaches' Association.
Jeff Moore was appointed assistant baseball coach by head coach Bob Mumma in July 2011.
Moore, who served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Retrievers in 2007, was the coordinator of recreation programs as well as the summer day camp director at UMBC for three years from 2008 to 2011.
"We're excited to have Jeff back as a part of our program," Mumma said. "He's a young, energetic coach and we're happy to give him this opportunity to get back into coaching."
Moore, who was a standout player with York College and currently holds a share of three NCAA Division III records, will work mainly with the base runners and outfielders.
"We're going be more aggressive on the base paths moving forward and Jeff is going to be a big asset in accomplishing that," the head coach said.
After a stellar career at York where he tied the NCAA Division III records for most hits in an inning (3), grand slams in an inning (2) and RBIs in an inning (9), he also was an assistant coach at Franklin and Marshall in 2006, leading the diplomats to the Centennial Conference Championship.
Moore graduated from York in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education-social studies and is currently working on a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.
Liam Bowen was named volunteer assistant baseball coach in September 2011.
Bowen comes to Baltimore after working as the pitching coach for Lincoln Memorial for the 2011 season. The team's ERA feel from 7.67 the year before to 5.42 in 2011.
Before joining the Division II school, Bowen worked at St. Mary's College for four seasons, where the team's ERA dropped from 7.25 in 2006 to 4.60 in 2009.
"Liam has a great record as a pitching coach," Mumma said. "He comes highly recommended and will be a tremendous help to our pitching staff. Plus he gets to return to the area where he grew up, so it's a great fit."
Bowen earned a Bachelor's degree in history from Macalester College in Minnesota in 2006. He was named all-conference and the team's most valuable player in 2004.