Roderick Plummer joined the Minutemen as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach prior to the 2012 season - bringing with him 17 years of coaching experience at all levels of college football. For the three season prior to his arrival at the University of Massachusetts, Plummer served as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Yale. In 2013, Plummer will focus his efforts on the Minutemen running back corp.
In 2012, Plummer developed future NFL-draftee Michael Cox, who now enters his first year as a member of the New York Giants. A graduate student at UMass, Cox finished his only season working with Plummer with 715 rushing yards and five touchdowns after running for 169 yards and a pair of scores during four seasons at the University of Michigan.
For the past decade, Plummer has coached special teams, with three of his players either being drafted or signed to free agent contracts by National Football League teams.
His coaching career includes stops at Florida A&M, Idaho, Cornell and Michigan State, where he coached under Nick Saban and Bobby Williams.
Plummer began his coaching career in 1994 with Kutztown University. He also served National Footbal League Coaching Internships with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Cleveland.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Plummer is a 1993 graduate of Washington State 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.