UTEP has its next head coach. The Miners announced that they have hired Kansas offensive coordinator Dana Dimel.
UTEP was among the first jobs to open this season.
Sean Kugler resigned in early October after the Miners’ loss to Army. He was 18-36 overall, and 11-22 in Conference USA play with the Miners. Mike Price, who had led the Miners from 2005-2012, stepped in after Kugler’s resignation, but the team finished 0-12 on the year.
Now, Kansas State offensive coordinator Dana Dimel has been tasked with leading one of FBS football’s worst teams out of the basement.
— UTEPFootball (@UTEPFB) December 6, 2017
The 55-year old Dimel has previous head coaching experience. From 1997-99, he led Wyoming to a 22-13 record, parlaying it into the job at Houston. He was just 8-26 in three years with the Cougars. He went on to coach tight ends and running backs at Arizona, and those same positions and offensive coordinator duties at K-State.
Dimel will make his debut with the Miners at home against Northern Arizona on September 1. UTEP has a high-profile road game at Tennessee scheduled for September 15.