Dana Dimel
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Dana Dimel

Dana Dimel
Dimel at 2018 C-USA Kickoff
Current position
TitleHead coach
Annual salary$711,999 [1]
Biographical details
Born (1962-10-09) October 9, 1962 (age 58)
Columbus, Ohio
Alma materKansas State University
Playing career
1984-1986Kansas State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1987-1988Kansas State (GA)
1989-1992Kansas State (OL)
1993-1994Kansas State (RGC/OL)
1995-1996Kansas State (OC)
2005Kansas State (GA)
2006-2007Arizona (TE)
2008Arizona (TE/RB)
2009-2017Kansas State (OC/RB/TE)
Head coaching record

Dana August 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 was a long-time assistant during his first stint at Kansas State under legendary football coach, Bill Snyder from 1987 to 1996. 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 in 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. After his rapid success at Wyoming, he became the head coach at the University of Houston. Previous success would not follow Dimel to Houston, however. During his 3 seasons in Houston (2000-2002), the Cougars compiled an 8-26 record--including an 0-11 season in 2001, the worst in school history.

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.

Dimel returned to Kansas State, and helped them to a 21-5 record over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. 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.

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 (West)
2019 UTEP 1-11 0-8 7th (West)
2020 UTEP 3-2 0-1 (West)
UTEP: 5-24 1-16
Total: 35-63


  • 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 2019.

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