Mike Summers
    Mike  Summers

    Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach


    2013 USC Spring Football Outlook

    Spring ball begins March 5.

    Mike Summers, who has helped develop some of the most productive offenses in the history of various football powers during his 33 years as a coach, joined the USC staff in February of 2013 as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach.

    Summers, 56, was hired in January of 2013 as Western Kentucky's offensive line coach before coming to USC.

    Before that, he was the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Kentucky for 3 seasons (2010-12). The 2010 Wildcats' offense averaged 6.1 yards per play behind his line that had only 1 returning starter and the 2012 squad averaged nearly 140 rushing yards despite the line's injury-plagued season. Kentucky played in the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl.

    He spent the 2 previous seasons (2008-09) at Arkansas, where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Arkansas led the Southeastern Conference in scoring in 2009 and won the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Both center Jonathan Luigs, who was a finalist for the 2008 Rimington Trophy, and guard Mitch Petrus, a 2009 All-SEC first teamer, played in the NFL.

    He was the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line coach in 2007 after spending 4 years (2003-06) coaching the offensive line at Louisville. In 2006, his line helped the Cardinals rank second nationally in total offense (475.3), seventh in passing (290.0) and 12th in rushing (185.3) as 3 of his linemen (Renardo Foster, Kurt Quarterman and George Bussey) were All-Big East first team picks. The 2004 line helped Louisville, which set a school record with 6,468 total yards, 3,005 rushing yards, 597 points and 47 rushing TDs while allowing only 20 sacks, lead the nation in total offense (539.0) and scoring offense (49.8). In 2003, the Cards set a set a then-school rushing record while ranking fifth nationally in total offense (488.9) and 10th in rushing offense (228.2). Two of his other linemen, Jason Spitz and Travis Leffew, were All-Conference USA first team in 2004 and All-Big East first team in 2005. Foster, Quarterman, Bussey, Spitz, Leffew and center Eric Wood all made NFL rosters, with Wood a first round selection. During his tenure, Louisville won the 2004 Conference USA championship and 2006 Big East title, and played in the 2007 Orange Bowl, 2006 Gator Bowl, 2004 Liberty Bowl and 2003 GMAC Bowl. The 2004 and 2006 Cardinal teams both finished ranked No. 6 by AP.

    He spent 2 seasons (2001-02) at Ohio as the offensive line coach. The Bobcats were sixth nationally in rushing offense in 2001 (240.1) and eighth in 2002 (239.8).

    In 2000, he was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State.

    The previous 4 years (1996-99), he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of the South (Sewanee), where he produced Top 5-ranked rushing and total offenses in the conference.

    He was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Oregon State for 5 seasons (1991-95) and also recruiting coordinator in his first year. The Beavers led the Pac-10 in rushing his final 4 seasons. He was named the league's top "Offensive Backfield Coach" in 1993.

    While offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois for 6 seasons (1985-90), his offense established 51 school records and 7 NCAA marks.

    He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Kentucky (1980-81) and Texas A&M (1982-84).

    He played defensive back at Georgetown (Kent.) College after prepping at Tates Creek High in Lexington (Kent.).

    He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgetown College in 1978 and a postgraduate degree from Kentucky in 1980.

    He was born on June 16, 1956. He and his wife, Kathy (the daughter of legendary Kentucky men's basketball coach Joe B. Hall), have a daughter, Amy, 30.


    BIRTHDAY: June 16, 1956
    FAMILY: Wife, Kathy; Daughter, Amy, 30
    HIGH SCHOOL: Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Kent.
    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, business administration, Georgetown College, 1978
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Tates Creek HS, Lexington, Kent.
    Georgetown College, defensive back, 1975-77

    1980Kentucky Offensive Line Graduate Assistant --
    1981Kentucky Offensive Line Graduate Assistant --
    1982Texas A&M Offensive Line Graduate Assistant --
    1983Texas A&M Offensive Line Graduate Assistant --
    1984Texas A&M Offensive Line Graduate Assistant --
    1985Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1986Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1987Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1988Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1989Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1990Northern Illinois Offensive Coordinator --
    1991Oregon State Asst. HC/Off. Coord./Recruit. Coord. --
    1992Oregon State Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1993Oregon State Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1994Oregon State Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1995Oregon State Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1996Univ. of the South Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1997Univ. of the South Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1998Univ. of the South Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    1999Univ. of the South Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord. --
    2000Oklahoma State Tight Ends/Recruit. Coord. --
    2001Ohio Offensive Line --
    2002Ohio Offensive Line --
    2003Louisville Offensive Line GMAC
    2004Louisville Offensive Line Liberty
    2005Louisville Offensive Line Gator
    2006Louisville Offensive Line Orange
    2007Atlanta Falcons Offensive Line --
    2008Arkansas Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line--
    2009Arkansas Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line AutoZone Liberty
    2010Kentucky Run Game Coord./Offensive Line BBVA Compass
    2011Kentucky Run Game Coord./Offensive Line --
    2012Kentucky Run Game Coord./Offensive Line --

    NFL STARS: Eric Wood, Jason Spitz, Mitch Petrus