Dan Hammerschmidt Named Houston's Running Backs Coach
Jan. 15, 2014
HOUSTON - Houston head football coach Tony Levine rounded out his coaching staff for the 2014 season Wednesday with the hiring of Dan Hammerschmidt as the program's running backs coach. The 28-year coaching veteran joins the UH program after serving two seasons as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans.
"Dan has had success throughout his career, both on the collegiate and professional levels, and is a welcome addition to our staff," said Levine. "He has the versatility to work with a number of offensive positions and brings great value to our staff. We look forward to him working with our running backs."
With Hammerschmidt on staff, the Texans set a franchise record with 26.0 points per game in 2012 as a franchise-record seven offensive players earned Pro Bowl invites. Running back Arian Foster led the NFL with 17 touchdowns and ranked second in the AFC with 1,424 yards rushing while receiver Andre Johnson had 1,598 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Schaub earned Pro Bowl honors as did three offensive linemen: left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Wade Smith and center Chris Myers.
Prior to his stint on the professional level, Hammerschmidt spent 26 seasons on the collegiate level including 19 over three different periods at Colorado State, his last stint from 2010-11 as the team's wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
He was also a part of the CSU staff from 1996-2007, spending the first five seasons as the wide receivers coach before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001. His honor roll of award winners at CSU was highlighted by quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
Sandwiched between his two stops at Colorado State was a season at Wyoming (2009) as the program's assistant head coach overseeing wide receivers and tight ends, and a season at Rice (2008) as the Owls' wide receivers coach. While at Rice, receiver Jarrett Dillard set the NCAA career receiving touchdowns record en route to earning All-America honors while fellow receiver James Casey earned unanimous All-Conference USA honors.
Hammerschmidt began his coaching career at Colorado State as a student assistant in 1986 before serving as a graduate assistant at TCU in 1987. After the 1988 season at Duke as the outside linebackers and special teams coach, he took over the Blue Devils' secondary for six years, culminating with defensive back Ray Farmer earning All-America honors in 1994. Following his time at Duke, he spent the 1995 season at the Virginia Military Institute as the secondary coach.
A Colorado State alum, he was a four-year starter at safety for the Rams from 1982-85, leading the team in interceptions in 1985.
Hammerschmidt earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from Colorado State in 1987 and has two children, Holly and Michael.
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