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Dana Dimel
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 12, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Second Year at Arizona

18 Years in Coaching

  • Appointed running game coordinator in October 2006
  • Youngest Division I-A head coach at the time, at age 34, when appointed Wyoming’s coach in 1997. His first team was 8-5 and he capped his career in Wyoming at 23-12 overall.
  • In his final game at Houston his club defeated conference leader Louisville, 34-17, and the team was a triple-overtime loss from being bowl eligible. 
  • Helped re-establish the in-state recruiting focus as head coach of the Houston Cougars, bringing in two classes that were top-rated in Conference USA.  
  • Final team at Kansas State set school scoring and total offense records under his offensive coordinator leadership in 1995.
  • Kansas State set school scoring and total offense records under his offensive coordinator leadership.
  • While on Kansas State staffs for 10 years he was instrumental in developing All-Americans Barrett Brooks (OT), Chad May (QB), Jim Hmielewski (OT) and Quentin Neujahr (OT) along with All-Big 12 honorees Jason Johnson, Todd Weiner and Ryan Young.  
  • Led a resurgent Wyoming defense that featured consensus All-America safety Brian Lee, plus two honorable mention All-Americans in cnter Jay Korth and punter Aron Langley.
  • His 1997 Wyoming defense was ranked No. 2 nationally in quarterback sacks and No. 6 in passing defense, and in the top 25 in scoring defense and total defense. Also during his UW tenure, 10 offensive players earned All-Mountain Conference honors.
  • His 1998 Wyoming team finished 8-3, then final Wyoming club was 7-4 in the inaugural season of Mountain West Conference play in 1999.
  • Eleven of his offensive linemen at Kansas State signed National Football League contracts. During his tenure at Wyoming, 10 Cowboys signed contracts with NFL clubs.
  • Houston linebacker Wayne Rogers earned Conference USA co-Defensive Player of the Year honors under Dimel in 2000.
  • Played two years at Hutchinson, Kan., Community College as a defensive lineman and two years at Kansas State University as an offensive tackle from 1983-86.
  • Named to the All-America Strength Team as a senior offensive lineman at Kansas State in 1986.
  • Selected to All-Decade Team for the 1980s at Kansas State.
  • After graduation from KSU, he signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, attending training camp in 1987, and then returning to join the coaching profession on Bill Snyder’s staff.  


            Dana Dimel’s addition to the UA coaching staff in early 2006 gave the program a big boost with an experienced former head coach and offensive strategist to coach tight ends. His familiarity with offensive line play and overall knowledge of the game will help the program’s offensive cohesiveness. He was promoted to running game coordinator to work more closely with offensive coordinator and passing game strategist Mike Canales in October 2006.

            Dimel, 43, was a former colleague of Mike Stoops at Kansas State when their tenures as assistants under Bill Snyder coincided from 1992 to 1996. He was head coach at Wyoming for three years from 1997-99 and at Houston from 2000-02, and came to the UA staff after a second stint in Manhattan, serving as a graduate assistant for offense during Snyder's final year in 2005.

            He guided Wyoming to a 23-12 record including twin eight-victory seasons his first two years, then rebuilt the in-state recruiting foundation at Houston where his successor took two of the last three teams to bowls with most of the talent built in Dimel's recruiting classes.



Dimel’s Coaching Chronology


1987-88     Graduate assistant     Kansas State

1989-92     Offensive line coach    Kansas State

1993-94     Running game/OL      Kansas State

1995-96     offensive coordinator   Kansas State

1997-99     Head coach               Wyoming

2000-02     Head coach               Houston

2005          Graduate assistant    Kansas State

2006          Run Game Coor/TEs  Arizona

2007          Tight ends coach       Arizona


Dimel in Bowl Games

1992    Coca Cola Bowl    Kansas State assistant

1993    Copper Bowl         Kansas State assistant

1994    Aloha Bowl           Kansas State assistant

1995    Holiday Bowl        Kansas State coordinator

1996    Cotton Bowl          Kansas State coordinator


The Dimel File

Birthdate:                   Oct. 9, 1962, Columbus, Ohio

High School:              Upper Arlington, Columbus, Ohio

College:                     Kansas State, 1986

Playing Experience:    Hutchinson Community College,

                                 Kansas State, offensive lineman, 1983-86

Recruiting Areas:        South Houston, San Antonio, Austin, east-central Texas

Family:                       Wife, Julie; son Winston, daughter Josey.


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