Dana Dimel

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Dana Dimel
Dimel at 2018 C-USA Kickoff
Current position
Title Head coach
Conference C-USA
Record 1–11
Biographical details
Born (1962-10-09) October 9, 1962 (age 56)
Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Kansas State University
Playing career
1984–1986 Kansas State
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987–1988 Kansas State (GA)
1989–1992 Kansas State (OL)
1993–1994 Kansas State (RGC/OL)
1995–1996 Kansas State (OC)
1997–1999 Wyoming
2000–2002 Houston
2005 Kansas State (GA)
2006–2007 Arizona (TE)
2008 Arizona (TE/RB)
2009–2017 Kansas State (OC/RB/TE)
2018–present UTEP
Head coaching record
Overall 31–50

Dana Dimel (born October 9, 1962) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head coach at the University of Texas El Paso. Previously he was the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Kansas State University from 2009–2017. Dimel has also coached at the University of Arizona and served as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 1997 to 1999 and at the University of Houston from 2000 to 2002, compiling a career college football record of 30–39.

Coaching career

Dimel served an integral role in leading Kansas State to a 21–5 record from 2011 to 2012. The Wildcats finished in the Top 15 each season and quarterback Collin Klein was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. In 2012, Kansas State was crowned champions of the Big 12 and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. During his first stint as part of the Kansas State coaching staff, Dimel was instrumental in four consecutive Top 20 final rankings. As the offensive coordinator in 1995 and 1996, the Wildcats won 19 games and finished #6 and #17 in the coaches' poll is respective years.

From 1997 to 1999, he coached at the University of Wyoming, and compiled a 22–13 record. At the time he became head coach, he was the youngest head coach in Division I-A. Based on the strength of that coaching job, he became the head coach at the University of Houston. From 2000 to 2002, the team compiled an 8–26 record—including an 0–11 season in 2001, the worst in school history.

In 2004, Dimel was a graduate assistant at Kansas State, his alma mater. He had previously been an assistant there from 1987 to 1996. In 2006, Dimel became the tight ends coach at the University of Arizona. In October 2006, he took over as running game coordinator for the team as well. After his promotion, the Wildcats beat three top 25 teams.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1997–1998)
1997 Wyoming 7–6 4–4 T–4th (Pacific)
1998 Wyoming 8–3 6–2 2nd (Mountain)
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (1999)
1999 Wyoming 7–4 4–3 4th
Wyoming: 22–13 14–9
Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2000–2002)
2000 Houston 3–8 2–5 T–7th
2001 Houston 0–11 0–7 10th
2002 Houston 5–7 3–5 8th
Houston: 8–26 5–17
UTEP Miners (Conference USA) (2018–present)
2018 UTEP 1–11 1–7 T–6th
2019 UTEP 0–0 0–0
UTEP: 1–11 1–7
Total: 31–50

Coaching tree

Assistants under Dana Dimel who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  • Anderson, Mark (September 6, 2018). "Coach Dana Dimel brings UTEP to UNLV". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2019.

External links

  • UTEP profile
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