Dana Holgorsen begins in his second season as the Cougars offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
This past season, Holgorsen tutored sophomore Case Keenum to Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year honors, in addition to being named to the All-C-USA Second Team. Keenum finished the season as the nation's leader in total offense per game (403.2 ypg.) Also, senior tight end Mark Hafner and redshirt freshman Tyron Carrier were named to the C-USA Second Team.
In addition to the individual awards, the Houston offense finished second nationally in both total offense (562.8 yards per game) and passing yards (401.6 yards per game) and 10th in scoring (40.6 points per game).
He came to UH in 2008 from Texas Tech, where he served as the Red Raiders offensive coordinator for three seasons. Overall, he spent eight seasons in Lubbock. Holgorsen's 2007 offense led the nation in passing (470.31 ypg) and ranked second in total offense (529.62 ypg). The Red Raiders also ranked among the NCAA's top-10 in scoring offense (7th/40.92 ppg) and passing efficiency (5th/156.74).
Individually, quarterback Graham Harrell led the country in total offense (431.85 ypg), while Michael Crabtree led the NCAA in receptions per game (10.31) and receiving yards per game (150.92) on his way to winning the 2007 Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top wide receiver. Crabtree also was a consensus All-American, being named to the First Team of the Top-Five All-America teams (AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press and The Sporting News).
In his eight seasons at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders improved their total offensive numbers from 324.8 yards per game to 529.6 yards per game. The most significant increase took place in the passing game, where the Red Raiders averaged 470.3 yards per game in 2007 compared to 175.4 yards in 1999.
Holgorsen began his coaching career at Valdosta State in 1993, where Leach was the offensive coordinator. Multi-tasking as the quarterbacks, wide receivers and special teams coach, Holgorsen molded his offensive philosophy over the next three seasons. VSU quarterback Chris Hatcher played his final two seasons under Holgorsen and set an NCAA record, competing 74.7 percent of his passes on the Division II level in 1994. Hatcher's 10,588 passing yards ranked third on the NCAA career list at the time and is currently among the top 20. Additionally, Hatcher still ranks second in the NCAA record books in career touchdown passes (116) and third in single-season touchdown passes (50 in 1994) and was the NCAA passing champion in 1994.
Holgorsen carried the same duties to Mississippi College in 1996, where he worked on the Choctaw staff for three seasons.
Mississippi College won the American Southwest Conference in it first season in the league and averaged 432.0 yards per game.
A year before joining the Texas Tech coaching staff, Holgorsen was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Wingate University, where the program set numerous offensive records and led the Southern Atlantic Conference in several offensive categories. WU averaged 409.0 yards of total offense, ranking second in league play, and led with 304.1 passing yards per game. The team's quarterback picked up all-conference honors and was a Harlan Hill semifinalist as Division II's player of the year. Two receivers also received honors, one being named freshman of the year and the other landing all-conference accolades. Holgorsen's top two receivers ranked second and third nationally in receiving yards per game.
Holgorsen's ties with Leach began while Holgorsen was a wide receiver in Leach's offense at Iowa Wesleyan from 1990-92. Holgorsen earned a degree from IWU in 1993 and a master's in health and physical education from Valdosta State in 1995.
Holgorsen has three children; McClayne, Logan and Karlyn.
THE HOLGORSEN FILE
Birthdate: June 21, 1971
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
High School: Mt. Pleasant
College: Iowa Wesleyan, 1993
Family: Children, McClayne, Logan and Karlyn
2008-present Houston Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2005-07 Texas Tech Co-Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
2000-04 Texas Tech Inside Receivers
1999 Wingate Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
1996-98 Mississippi College Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special Teams
1993-95 Valdosta State Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special Teams
BOWL GAMES COACHED (9)
2008 Armed Forces (Houston)
2007 Gator (Texas Tech)
2006 Insight (Texas Tech)
2005 Cotton (Texas Tech)
2004 Holiday (Texas Tech)
2003 Houston (Texas Tech)
2002 Tangerine (Texas Tech)
2001 Alamo (Texas Tech)
2000 Gallery Furniture (Texas Tech)
1990-92 Iowa Wesleyan Wide Receiver