Coaching change for Panthers

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 31, 2013

The LaGrange College Panthers will head into their final three games of the season under new leadership.

On Thursday afternoon, the college issued a press release announcing that Todd Mooney, the only head coach the team has ever known, has stepped down.

He has been replaced by first-year offensive coordinator Matt Mumme.

“I look forward to taking the helm of a quality program at a place that emphasizes both academics and athletics,” Mumme said in the press release. “And coming from a football family, being a head coach at a college like LaGrange has always been a goal.”

Mooney was at the helm when the Panthers played their first game in 2006.

This was Mooney’s eighth season as head coach, and the Panthers carry a 3-4 record into Saturday’s home game against Christopher Newport.

Mooney leaves with a 27-51 record, but that included the first two seasons when the Panthers went 0-20.

In the team’s third season in 2008, Mooney guided the Panthers to a 9-2 record, a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

In 2012, the Panthers made the transition to the USA South conference, and they went 4-6 overall, and 3-4 in conference play.

The Panthers are 3-2 in the USA South this year with three conference games remaining.

Mooney, a native of Ohio, was an assistant coach at Rhodes (Tenn.) before coming to LaGrange.

Mumme, meanwhile, has overseen an offense that has been one of the best in NCAA Division III this season.

Junior quarterback Graham Craig is having a phenomenal season while helping the Panthers average 38 points per game.

Craig is averaging 394 passing yards per game, and he has 28 touchdowns in seven games.

“Matt has shown tremendous leadership during his time here,” athletic director Jennifer Claybrook said. “He has certainly energized our offense, and we look forward to what he will accomplish as head of the program.”

Mumme, a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he played for his father, Hal Mumme, came to LaGrange after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Davidson (N.C.) College.