Jason Shumaker
Position: Running backs/Recruiting coordinator
Hometown: Salina, Kan.
High School: Grand Prairie (Texas)
Alma Mater: University of Kansas
Graduating Year: 2003

Shumaker’s responsibilities with the Vandals are two-fold – coaching the running backs on the team now and leading the way to locating the talent for the future as Idaho’s recruiting coordinator.

In the shortened recruiting for the transition staff in the winter of 2013, Shumaker and head coach Paul Petrino assembled players who had an immediate impact for the Vandals. With a full recruiting year to prepare for the 2014 signing day, Shumaker was able to help develop a class that had an even greater immediate impact. Despite the loss of James Baker to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Vandals had one of their best seasons on the ground since their 2009 Humanitarian Bowl Championship season. Collectively, the backs covered more than 1,400 yards and scored 22 times. The good news is bruiser Elijhaa Penny (2014 Sun Belt all-conference honorable mention) returns after coming on strong in the latter part of 2014.

As special teams coordinator, Shumaker’s units put up these numbers in his two seasons:

  • 1st in the NCAA in Punt Average, 2013
  • 2nd in the NCAA in Punt Average, 2014
  • 2nd  in NCAA in Net Punt Average, 2014
  • 6th in NCAA in Net Punt Average, 2013
  • 1st in NCAA in Punts Blocked Allowed, 2013 and 2014
  • 3rd in the NCAA in Punts Blocked, 2014
  • 18th in the NCAA in Punts Blocked, 2014
  • 4th in the Sun Belt Conference in Kickoff Returns, 2014

Shumaker came to Idaho after serving one year as Arkansas’ Director of High School Relations. Prior to joining the Arkansas staff last fall, he spent seven years of collegiate coaching at small colleges from Eastern New Mexico to Midland University. It was Petrino who was charged with vetting him for Arkansas. Not only did he see the breadth of his coaching experience but Shumaker’s career as a fullback at Kansas also caught Petrino’s attention.

Shumaker went to Fayetteville after two seasons at Midland University. He was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator in 2011 and the run game coordinator/head junior varsity coach in 2010. The Warriors’ offense averaged more than 30 points per game and finished in the top 30 nationally in nearly every offensive category in 2011.

Shumaker was hired as the head coach of Dana College in December of 2009 and served in that role until the school closed in June of 2010.

Prior to his time at Dana, he was at the University of Saint Mary at Leavenworth, Kan., for three seasons as the offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator and offensive line and tight ends coach. The offense he developed while at St. Mary finished as the fifth-ranked passing offense in the nation in 2008 and broke numerous school records. The offense he directed finished in the top 30 in the nation in several categories over two seasons with four games of 500 yards total offense. He coached 21 players over three seasons that were All-KCAC selections.

Because of this success, he was chosen the 2008 KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year.
Shumaker went to USM from Eastern New Mexico, where he served as fullbacks coach and defensive line coach over two seasons and coached three All-Lone Star Conference players. Prior to his time at ENMU, he was a teacher and a coach at Rowlett, Texas.

Shumaker was born in Salina, Kan., and went to high school in Grand Prairie, Texas. From there, he attended the University of Kansas, where he played fullback for the Jayhawks. He was also a five-time Jayhawk Scholar and was named to the Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times.

Shumaker graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in education in 2003 and received his Master’s Degree in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 2007. He is married to the former Kate Klepper. They have two children – a son, Davis, and a daughter, Elliette.

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