Tom Herman
Tom  Herman

Simi Valley, Calif.

High School:
Simi Valley

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Cal Lutheran, 1997

Hometown Simi Valley, Calif.
College Cal Lutheran, 1997
Family wife, Michelle
daughter, Priya; sons, TD and Maverick
Level School, Position
College Cal Luthern (1993-96), Wide Receiver
Year School, Position
2014 - Houston, Head Coach
2012-14 Ohio State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2009-11 Iowa State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2007-08 Rice, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2005-06 Texas State, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2001-04 Sam Houston State, Wide Receivers/Special Teams Coordinator
1999-2000 Texas, Offensive Graduate Assistant
1998 Texas Lutheran, Wide Receivers
Year Bowl, School
2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Houston
2015 CFP Championship, Ohio State
2015 CFP Semifinal/Sugar, Ohio State
2014 Orange, Ohio State
2011 Pinstripe Bowl, Iowa State
2009 Insight Bowl, Iowa State
2008 Texas Bowl, Rice
2005 FCS Semifinals, Texas State
2004 FCS Semifinals, Sam Houston State
2001 FCS Quarterfinals, Sam Houston State
2000 Holiday Bowl, Texas
2000 Cotton Bowl, Texas

Coaching Accomplishments

• Tom Herman was named head coach at the University of Houston on Dec. 16, 2014, just one week after being named the Broyles Award winner, presented to the nation's top assistant coach.

• In his first season as a head coach, Herman became just the fourth head coach in NCAA history with at least 13 wins in a rookie season, joining Chris Petersen (Boise State - 2006), George Woodruff (Penn - 1892) and Walter Camp (Yale - 1888), and just the fifth head coach in NCAA history to win the first 10 games of his career, joining Petersen, Larry Coker (Miami - 2001), Woodruff and Camp in accomplishing the feat.

• Led Houston to its first New Year's Bowl in 30 years, its second 13-win season in program history and its 11th conference championship in program history by claiming the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship. He led all FBS coaches in their first year with a program with 13 wins as Houston finished third nationally with a 92.9 winning percentage at 13-1.

• A finalist for the Eddie Robinson and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Awards, Herman was named the FWAA First-Year Coach of the Year and The American's Co-Coach of the Year as a league-best 12 players received postseason honors from The American.

• With a 38-24 win over No. 9 Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Herman joined College Football Hall of Famer Bill Yeoman as just the second coach in Houston history with a win in a New Year's 6 Bowl and the second with a bowl victory over a top-10 opponent.

• Houston ended the 2015 season at No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, the highest final finish since finishing No. 5 in 1979 and just the sixth time in program history to finish in the top 10.

• Houston was one of just two schools nationally to play at least four ranked opponents in 2015 and remain undefeated in the matchups with three of Houston's wins over ranked opponents coming by double-digits, the fourth-best total in the nation. Houston was one of eight teams nationally with at least four wins against ranked opponents

• Under Herman's leadership, Houston was third nationally with seven wins of 21 points or more with 10 wins by double-digit. Houston's lone loss, a 20-17 decision at UConn, came without starting quarterback Greg Ward Jr., who was injured in the previous week, and without 54 minutes of defensive leader Elandon Roberts, who lead the nation with 88 solo tackles.

• Herman vowed Houston would be physical in the trenches and the numbers reflected it. The Cougars ranked eighth nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 108.9 yards per game, while ranking 13th in rushing offense with an average of 235.8 yards per game. Houston was the only team in the nation to rank in the top 13 in both categories.
• Ranking 10th in scoring offense (40.4 points per game) and 21st in scoring defense (20.7 points per game), Houston was the only program in the nation to rank in the top 10 in scoring offense and the top 25 in scoring defense. Houston ranked fifth nationally with an average margin of victory of 19.7 points per game.

• In Herman's first semester at Houston, the UH Football program set the mark for most hours passed per student-athlete in a spring semester with an average of 13.5 hours per student-athlete. The team recorded its highest semester GPA in the last four years, and third-highest spring semester GPA in program history, to bolster its cumulative GPA to the second-highest mark in program history.

• Prior to his arrival at Houston, Herman helped develop record-setting and explosive offenses in each of his 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2015 College Football Championship with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones under center for the Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin and College Football Playoff wins over Alabama and Oregon.

• Herman's 2014 Ohio State offense finished the season ranked fifth in scoring offense at 44.8 points per game and ninth in total offense at 511.6 yards per game despite losing Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller prior to the season. With freshman J.T. Barrett taking over the reins just prior to the season, Herman simply molded the quarterback into a formidable leader who finished fifth in Heisman voting and was named a FWAA Freshman All-American.

• The Buckeyes claimed the 2014 Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals with a 59-0 win over Wisconsin as Herman's offense rolled to 558 total yards with Jones under center after an injury to J.T. Barrett in the regular-season finale.

• The offense continued to roll in Ohio State's 42-35 College Football Playoff semifinal win over Alabama. Facing a defense that entered the game ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense at 16.6 points per game, Herman's offense exploded for 42 points and 537 total yards. The balanced attack yielded 256 passing yards and 281 rushing yards.

• The College Football Playoff Championship stage was not too bright for Herman's offense as the Buckeyes rolled up 538 total yards vs. Oregon, 242 through the air and 296 on the ground, in a 42-20 win over the Ducks. The 42 points marked the most scored on Oregon in the 2014 season.

•  Herman's quarterbacks in 2014 ranked second nationally with a team passing efficiency rating of 167.72, while Barrett was second nationally with a rating of 169.8 and sixth nationally with an Ohio State record 34 passing touchdowns while also adding 11 touchdowns on the ground for a Big Ten record of 45 touchdowns responsible for. The Buckeyes' offense was sixth nationally with an average of 6.98 yards per play and second nationally with 46 plays of 30 yards or longer and 17 plays of 50 yards or longer.

• After leading the Big Ten in scoring in 2012 at 37.2 points per game and ranking 10th nationally in rushing at nearly 250 yards per game, Ohio State's offense under Herman went to a new level in 2013 by ranking third nationally in scoring with 45.5 points per game and fifth in rushing with 308.6 yards per game.

• Barrett, the Big Ten's 2014 Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, was one of four offensive players to receive All-Big Ten honors in 2014 and was the third offensive player to receive a major Big Ten award under Herman's leadership as Carlos Hyde was named the 2013 Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year and Miller was named the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

• The Buckeyes were successful through the air as well. Among the 12 single season records to fall in 2013 were most touchdown passes (38) with top-five school totals in passing yards (2,846), attempts (368) and completions (238). Additional records were set in rushing yards in a season (4,321 yards, which also is a Big Ten Conference record), most total touchdowns (82) and most total offensive yards (7,167), yards per play (7.1) and yards per game (511.9).

• Miller finished fifth and ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Additionally, he set the school record for total offense and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards in 2012 and in 2013 he led the Big Ten in passing efficiency.

• Herman, who was named the 2013 Rivals.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year and national Top 25 recruiter, arrived in Columbus after spending three years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State.

• At Iowa State, Herman's well-balanced offense was very evident as Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud ended his career as the Cyclones No. 2 all-time leading passer with 6,777 yards and 42 touchdown passes ,while running back Alexander Robinson finished his Iowa State career as the Cyclones' fourth all-time leading rusher with 3,309 yards.

• Herman spent 2007 and 2008 as offensive coordinator at Rice before heading to Iowa State. During his two seasons with the Owls, his offenses broke over 40 school records and, in his second season, the Owls won 10 games and went to a bowl for the first time since 1954.

• Rice ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 2008 in passing offense (5th; 327.8), scoring offense (T-8th; 41.6) and total offense (10th; 472.3). Two Rice receivers had more than 1,300 yards receiving that year. Tight end James Casey had 111 catches and quarterback Chase Clement was the Conference USA MVP.

• Rice's spread attack completed nearly two-thirds (65.6%) of its passes, and its touchdown-to-interception ratio of 48-to-7 was an NCAA FBS best. The quick-strike Owls had 30 scoring drives of five plays or less in 2008 and 31 scoring marches of less than two minutes.

• Prior to Rice, Herman directed offensive attacks for two years (2005-06) at Texas State, where Bobcat squads led the Southland Conference in total offense. The 2005 Texas State club was eighth nationally in scoring and made a run to the FCS semifinals in the school's first appearance in the Division 1-AA playoffs. Herman also worked four years as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State, helping them to a pair of conference titles and trips to the FCS semifinals and quarterfinals.

• Herman received Big 12 experience at Texas (1999-2000) serving as a graduate assistant with the offensive line on the Longhorns' Cotton and Holiday Bowl teams, after receiving his coaching start in 1998 as a wide receivers coach at Texas Lutheran.

• Herman was born in Cincinnati and still has family there. He was raised in Simi Valley, Calif., and he played collegiately at California Lutheran, in Thousand Oaks, graduating in 1997 with a degree in business administration. He received a master's in education from the University of Texas in 2000.

• Herman and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Priya, and two sons, TD and Maverick.

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