Friday, December 9, 2011

BUCKEYES HIRE TOM HERMAN AS NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/QB COACH

Tom Herman
COLUMBUS — Ohio State named former Iowa State assistant Tom Herman as its new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced on Friday.

Herman, who held the same position at Iowa State for the past three years, is considered one of the top young assistants in the country according to Meyer.

"Tom Herman has one of the bright young minds in college football," Meyer said. "His philosophies are very similar to those of my own. I spoke to numerous colleagues about Tom and all had great things to say about him. I enjoyed our time together during the interview process and I am excited to have him on the staff."

Herman, 35, has 13 years of college coaching experience on his resume which includes stops at Texas, Texas State, Sam Houston State and Rice. During his two years as the offensive coordinator at Rice (2007-08), Herman's offenses set over 40 school-records and helped the Owls reach their first bowl game in more than 50 years.

Herman also helped guide Iowa State's offense to a bowl game this season by coaching them to nearly 400 yards per game. His Cyclones' offense scored 37 points in their upset win over Oklahoma State back on Nov. 18 — the Cowboys only loss of the season.

Herman said he's excited to work with Meyer and the Buckeyes.

"To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me," Herman said. "I am really looking forward to working with him and learning about his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true."

The Buckeyes will not retain current offensive coordinator Jim Bollman or quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano on the new staff.