Alex Mumphard has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Cornell University, joining Brian Earl’s staff after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Northwestern.
Mumphard spent two years in the Big Ten working under head coach Chris Collins. During his time in Evanston, Ill., the Wildcats made the program’s first NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round in 2017. He played a role in the development of All-Big Ten players Bryant McIntosh, the school’s career assist leader, as well as Scottie Lindsey. In addition to his work on the court, he coordinated opponent scouts and film breakdown and acted as a liaison between the staff and players. In his first year on the sidelines, Northwestern posted its first winning conference season in 49 years and set a school record for wins in a season. The Wildcats also garnered its first Top 25 ranking in seven years. Mumphard earned a Master’s in Sports Administration in addition to his coaching, graduating in 2018.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Greenville University, under the direction of Dr. George Barber. In his second year on the sidelines, Greenville won a conference title with a 12-6 mark in the St Louis intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). He coordinated recruiting, was responsible for scheduling, travel and scouting and led individual workouts and in-season weight training. Mumphard also coached the junior varsity team. During his stay, the program earned its first NCCAA Top 25 ranking.
As a player, Mumphard was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection at Greenville. A two-year captain, he was named to the academic all-conference team three times. As a senior, Mumphard led the conference in assists (3.7 apg.) and free-throw percentage (.899), while ranking eighth in scoring (14.1 ppg.). He graduated cum laude in 2014 with a dual degree in History/Political Science and Business Administration. He later earned his M.B.A. in 2016, graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA.