Troy Agrees to A New Contract for Coach Jon Sumrall
ESPN's Pete Thamel reported Friday that Troy will give coach Jon Sumrall a new four-year contract that will keep him at the program through 2026. The contract will give Sumrall a pay raise, increased staff salary pool and additional program investments for players.
Sumrall began coaching at his alma mater Kentucky as a graduate assistant before leaving to become the defensive line coach at the University of San Diego in 2007. In 2010 San Diego elevated Sumrall to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Tulane hired Sumrall in 2012 to be the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line/linebacker coach. In 2015 Troy hired Sumrall to be the assistant head coach.
Sumrall left Troy in 2018 to be the linebackers coach at Ole Miss before leaving to be Kentucky's inside linebacker coach in 2019 and later the co-defensive coordinator in 2021.
Sumrall took the Troy head coaching job in December of 2021 and in his first season he lead the Trojans to a 12-2 record a turnaround from a 5-7 record the season before. Troy won the Sun Belt Conference title its first since 2018, and defeated the No. 23 ranked UTSA Roadrunners 18-12 in the Cure Bowl. The Trojans finished the season ranked in the top 25 at No.19, the programs first final top 25 ranking in its FBS history.
Troy announced Friday that inside linebackers coach Tayler Polk has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator but did not release any details regarding the new contract for Sumrall reported by Thamel.
Troy's T-Day spring game is set for April 15. The Trojans head into the 2023 season with the country's second longest win streak at 11.