Rison Returns to CMU as Receivers Coach
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
"We are thrilled to welcome Mose back to CMU," Enos said. "His passion for Central Michigan University and expertise coaching the offensive skill positions will make him an invaluable part of our coaching staff."
A native of Flint, Mich., Rison was a four-year letterman (1974-77) who still ranks 10th in school history with 2,838 career rushing yards. He was CMU's Most Valuable Player and an All-Mid-American Conference first team selection after rushing for 1,241 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns (11 rushing, one kickoff return) in 1977.
He earned his bachelor's degree from CMU in 1978 and master's degree in 1983.
Rison's coaching career began at CMU, where he coached receivers and directed the special teams from 1981-88. He spent two seasons at Navy (1989-90) and five at Rutgers (1991-95) before a six-year run at Stanford (1996-2001) that included a Pac-10 Conference championship in 1999 and trip to the Rose Bowl. At Stanford, he worked directly with 1999 Biletnikoff Award winner Troy Walters.
Rison spent two seasons in the National Football League, coaching the New York Jets' receivers in 2001 and 2002. He was part of a staff that helped lead the Jets to the AFC Wild Card in 2001 and an AFC East championship in 2002. Rison also completed four summer internships with NFL teams during the early portion of his coaching career, gaining experience with the Detroit Lions (1988), New York Jets (1993), Chicago Bears (1999) and Baltimore Ravens (2000).
Following the 2002 season, Rison returned to the collegiate ranks where he served as receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Arizona (2003), offensive coordinator at Livingstone College (2004) and quarterbacks coach, receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Davidson College (2005).
In 2006, Rison was named assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina Central. While mentoring a freshman quarterback, he helped install a new offensive system that produced a school-record 30.9 points per game as the Eagles finished 11-1 and won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title.
Rison was named head coach in 2007 and led NCCU's transition from NCAA Division II to the Football Championship Subdivision level. He was 16-22 in three and a half seasons as NCCU's head coach, including a 6-4 mark in 2007, the Eagles' first season as a member of the FCS.