Troy Dumas joined the coaching staff at Southeast Missouri State University in 2008 as the linebackers coach. Dumas is a former All-American linebacker at Nebraska and played in the National Football League with the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos.
Over his first two seasons as the Redhawks linebackers coach, three of his linebackers have earned all-conference accolades. Nick Stauffer was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference after setting a school-record with 150 tackles in 2008. Justin Woodlief earned a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer Team after finishing fourth in the conference with 93 tackles in 2009. Philip Klaproth earned a spot on the All-Newcomer squad after leading all OVC freshmen with 76 tackles in 2008.
In the summer of 2008, Dumas received an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Kansas City Chiefs. He participated in on-field coaching, meetings, player evaluations and film sessions during the Chiefs training camp in River Falls, Wis. Three other current NFL head coaches - Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals), Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears) and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers), are all graduates of the program. Former Chiefs and New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards also began his NFL coaching career through the Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Dumas came to Cape Girardeau after serving as the defensive coordinator at Doane College, an NAIA institution in Crete, Neb. He was responsible for the overall play of the defense and assisted with recruiting in-state and out-of-state. He was also the position coach for the middle and outside linebackers. In addition to the day-to-day football operations, Dumas was responsible for supervision of the weight room and created in-season and off-season workouts for the football team.
Prior to coaching at Doane, Dumas was an assistant coach at Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyo. He coached linebackers and defensive ends on both the varsity and freshman teams.
Dumas played his collegiate football at the University of Nebraska from 1991-94 under legendary head coach Tom Osborne. He was a member of four straight Big Eight Conference championship teams that competed in the Federal Express Orange Bowl for four consecutive seasons.
He played defensive back during his first three seasons before moving to linebacker for the 1994 season, when the the Cornhuskers finished 13-0 and won the national championship. He was a college teammate of current Southeast assistants Brian Boerboom, Lorenzo Brinkley, Chris Norris and Kenny Wilhite.
Following his senior season, he was named an honorable mention All-American by the NFL Draft Report. He was an Associated Press first-team All-Big Eight selection and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award that goes to that nation's top linebacker. Dumas was named the Nebraska State Troopers Defensive Player of the Game against Colorado and UCLA.
After his standout college career, Dumas was drafted in the 3rd round, 97th overall, by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played linebacker and special teams for the Chiefs and was a member of the 1996 AFC West Division champions. In 1997, he earned the effort and special teams game balls for his performance against the Buffalo Bills. He then joined the St. Louis Rams for two seasons and concluded his NFL career with the Denver Broncos in 1999.
Originally from Riverside, Calif., Dumas graduated from Nebraska in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Family Sciences. In 1994, he volunteered for the Husker Outreach Program.