|Position:||Linebackers / Special Teams|
|Alma Mater:||Washington State|
Recruiting Areas: Connecticut (Southwestern), Delaware, New Jersey, New York (Long Island, New York City, Rockland & Westchester Counties), Pennsylvania (Southeastern)
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Roderick Plummer is in his fourth season on Tom Gilmore’s coaching staff in 2017. He has served as the linebackers coach throughout his time at Holy Cross, and will be in his third year as the special teams coordinator.
During each of the last two seasons, the Crusaders have led the Patriot League in punt returns (11.0 yards/return in 2015; 12.3 yards/return in 2016). In addition, return specialist Jake Wieczorek was named a third team All-American in 2016. Several other players Plummer has coached have been named All-Patriot League in the last two years, in linebackers Nick McBeath (2016) and Kyle Young (2015), punter Connor Fitzgerald (2015) and return specialist Kalif Raymond (2015).
Plummer joined the Crusaders after spending two seasons at the University of Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013. He was the running backs coach at UMass during both years, in addition to serving as special teams coordinator in 2012. Plummer played a key role for the Minutemen in helping the program transition to the Mid-American Conference and the football bowl subdivision.
Prior to his time at UMass, Plummer was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Yale from 2009-2011. His other coaching stops include time at Cornell (2004-2006), Florida A&M (2008), Hampton (1997-1998), Idaho (2007), James Madison (1996), Kutztown (1994-1995 and 2002-2003), Michigan State (1999-2000) and Wayne State (2001). Plummer helped lead Hampton to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in 1997 and 1998, and was on the staff of the Michigan State team which won the Citrus Bowl following the 1999 season. He also had National Football League coaching fellowships with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Cleveland.
A number of Plummer’s former players have either been drafted or signed free agent contracts in the National Football League, including T.J. Conley (Idaho), Michael Cox (UMass), LeRoy Vann (Florida A&M) and Bryan Walters (Cornell).
A native of Oakland, Calif., Plummer is a 1993 graduate of Washington State University, where he was a four-year letterwinner and starting linebacker for the Cougars. In 2002, he was inducted into the St. Mary’s College High School Athletic Hall of Fame.