- Eric Schumann
Eric  Schumann

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Eric Schumann, who served as defensive coordinator at Tulane for five seasons, was named UAB's defensive coordinator in December of 2006. He also coaches the Blazer safeties.

Schumann brought a significant amount of experience to the Blazers. Schumann also spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at SMU while coaching the defensive backs.

Since coming to UAB, Schumann's Blazer defensive unit has produced three first-team All-Conference USA performers the past two seasons in safety Will Dunbar (2007), CB Kevin Sanders (2008) and Joe Henderson (2008).

Last year's 15-0 blanking of UCF in Orlando in the season finale represented UAB's first-ever shutout in a conference game.

While coaching at SMU, the Mustangs led the Western Athletic Conference in defense in 2001 and ranked No. 22 nationally. SMU was 30th in the NCAA statistics in rushing defense, yielding just 122 yards per game, and ranked 35th in pass efficiency defense.

In 2000, his defense held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing six times, while his 1998 defense achieved a final ranking of No. 14 overall and was 12th in pass efficiency. They held opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense in four games and caused 28 turnovers. The '98 team also allowed the fewest points for the Mustangs in 13 years.

Schumann served as defensive coordinator throughout his tenure at SMU but he was promoted to assistant head coach following the 1997 season when the Mustangs achieved their first winning record in 11 years and had a defense ranked 29th nationally.

In 2001, SMU's WAC-leading defense allowed 45 fewer yards than the second-ranked league school. Prior to going to SMU, Schumann was the defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State for five seasons.

At ETSU, Schumann also guided some impressive defensive units. The 1996 Bucs' team led the Southern Conference in rushing defense and the 1993 team was third nationally among Division I-AA schools in pass efficiency defense. One of the players Schumann coached at ETSU was Donnie Abraham who went on to become an All-Pro defensive back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Schumann's other coaching stops included five seasons, in two separate stints at Valdosta State and one season each at Livingston, New Mexico and Troy State. Schumann is a two-time Broyles Award nominee (National Assistant Coach of the Year). At Valdosta State, Schumann coached Jessie Tuggle, who later became a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons.

Schumann was a defensive back in his college playing days at Alabama (1973-77) and was a member of the Crimson Tide team that won a UPI national championship in 1973, as well as four Southeastern Conference championships (1973-77).

Schumann earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Alabama.

A native of Blue Island, Ill., Schumann has a son, Glenn (19) and a daughter, Erica (17).