Jemal Singleton enters his eighth season overall and fifth as running backs coach at the Academy. This season will mark his fourth as running game coordinator.
In his tenure as running backs coach, Singleton has led the Falcons to the conference rushing title and a top 10 national ranking each year. He mentored 2008 graduate Chad Hall into one of the most explosive running backs in the nation. Hall was a third-team All-American in 2007 and was the conference offensive player of the year after rushing for a conference-best 1,478 yards, which is the second-best single-season effort in school history.
The last two seasons, his athletes have been the team's outstanding performer in the Armed Forces Bowl. Fullback Jared Tew set bowl and school records in rushing yards with 149 yards in 2009 and a career-best 173 last year. He earned Air Force most valuable player honors in 2009. Last year the honor went to tailback Asher Clark, who rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Last season, Singleton developed a young group of running backs that provided a spark to the running game that saw the Falcons win their 26th conference rushing title and rank third nationally with a 283.5 per-game average.
Another of Singleton's accomplishments came in 2006 when he dramatically decreased the team's number of fumbles. In 2005, the Falcons had 28 fumbles. However, in Singleton's first season in 2006, the Falcons had just 19 fumbles, an average of nearly one less fumble per game. That trend has continued, as the team has been among the conference and national leaders in turnover margin. Last year, the Falcons led the nation in turnover margin with a +22 mark.
Singleton is a 1999 graduate of the Academy where he earned his bachelor's degree in social sciences. While at the Academy, Singleton helped lead the school to new heights. The team won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history during his junior and senior years. The 1997 team was 10-3 while the 1998 squad was 12-1 and won the school's first outright conference title. Singleton, a co-captain of the '98 squad, was a three-year letterwinner in football at halfback and was an honorable mention all-Western Athletic Conference selection his senior year.
Singleton began his Air Force and coaching career at the USAFA Prep School in 2000. He served as an instructor and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. He was then stationed at Little Rock AFB in Jacksonville, Ark., from January 2001 to January 2003 as a public affairs officer. He returned to the Academy in the spring of 2003 and served as the executive officer for the athletic director before taking over as the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach.
The son of a retired Air Force sergeant, Singleton was born in Incirlik, Turkey. He graduated from Taft High School in San Antonio, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman and all-state honoree. He was also the district most valuable player as a senior and was coached by the late Mike Haynes.
Singleton and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter, Morgan.