Dana Dimel's experience as a head coach and offensive strategist help create some good dynamics on the offensive staff, as well as bring additional leadership to the entire staff.
He joined Mike Stoops' staff in early 2006 to coach tight ends. Mid way through the season he took on bigger responsibilities calling plays as the running game coordinator and H-backs coach. A year ago he worked primarily with tight ends and this past spring he became running backs coach as well.
Dimel's familiarity with offensive line play and overall knowledge of the game give a big boost to the program's offensive cohesiveness. His work with the offensive staff through its first season using the spread attack in 2007 helped on a variety of fronts, notably with tight ends who caught 34 balls in the youthful incarnation of the attack.
Dimel, 45, 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.
Helped develop a 2007 UA offense that improved its per-game production by more than 50 percent over the previous year, establishing dozens of season and single-game records.
Coached true freshman Rob Gronkowski to freshman All-America and honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in his first year, in a new offense
Helped direct UA's offense in its 4-2 spurt to end 2006 as the offensive play caller and running game coordinator. The Cats followed a 0-3 stretch when they averaged seven points per game with 22 points per contest in the final six games, including victories over two ranked teams. The Arizona running game under his direction averaged 115 yards per game after opening the year at half that pace in the first six games.
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 center 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. Has coached 34 players who have gone on to NFL careers, including 19 offensive linemen.
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. 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 Tight ends coach Arizona 2007 Tight ends coach Arizona 2008 TE/RB 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: Central Texas (Austin, San Antonio, Waco) Family: Wife, Julie; son Winston, daughter Josey