"This is now an excellent football staff," said Dimel. "We lost some good people, but fortunately we had no problem filling those positions with fine football coaches. We also made some changes on our current staff to reflect the strengths of each individual coach and at the same time solidify an already strong coaching staff.
"All these coaches know what the philosophy of Cougar Football is, and in the next few months we will work together to get our players ready for a run for the Conference USA Championship." Bradley Dale Peveto, who was the Assistant Head Coach as well as Cornerbacks Coach last season, has been elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator and will now take over coaching the safeties. He will relinquish both his former roles-one of which, the Assistant Head Coach, will now be handled by Dick Bumpas. Bumpas, who coaches the Cougar defensive linemen, will continue to share the defensive coordinator duties.
Dimel also promoted Eric Wolford to a new position. After one serving as Tackles/Tight Ends Coach, Wolford becomes the Cougars' new Special Teams Coordinator, hoping to shore up an area of concern for Dimel. Wolford also will coach the running backs, as Travis Pride shifts from running backs to wide receivers, where he takes over for Ted Gilmore, who departed the staff for Purdue earlier this month.
Offensive line coach Clancy Barone was elevated to Co-Offensive Coordinator with the departure of former coach Phil Davis, who left for Arkansas State this month. Barone will continue to mentor the UH offensive line in this new dual role.
Finally, former graduate assistant Theron Aych received the final promotion from Dimel. After a year of coaching the kickers and punters and assisting with the offense, Aych will now coach the Cougar tight ends in a full-time position.
Dimel also announced the addition of three new members to the UH coaching staff. Dave Warner, formerly of the University of Connecticut, becomes the Cougars new Quarterbacks Coach and will share the offensive coordinator title with Barone, while Frank Hernandez assumes the Cornerbacks Coach title and Greg Centilli becomes the new offensive graduate assistant.
Warner completed two seasons as a member of the Connecticut Football coaching staff and served as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach. He joined the staff in January of 1999. Before coming to UConn, Warner was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at the University of Wyoming in 1998, where the Cowboys had the No. 3 passing attack in the Western Athletic Conference.
He has also served coaching stints at Bucknell University (1997), the University of Kansas (1988-1996), Kent State University (1984-1987) and Syracuse University (1982-1983) in his 17 seasons of college coaching. During his tenure at Kansas, the Jayhawks appeared in two bowl games, the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls. Warner holds both a bachelors degree in Communications (1982) and masters degree in Physical Education (1984), both from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, he was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback from 1978-1981. Warner is still ranked seventh all-time among Syracuse quarterbacks in passing yards with 2,593.
Hernandez comes to Houston from Wyoming, where he spent the last season as the Cowboys Recruiting Coordinator and Running Backs Coach. Hernandez spent four seasons at South Florida, where he coached the wide receivers, kickoff and punt returners and served as the recruiting coordinator.
A 1992 graduate of Kansas State University-where he played for Dimel-Hernandez was a three-time All-Big Eight wide receiver and a four-year starter. Prior to beginning his college-coaching career at South Florida, Hernandez coached three seasons of high school football in Texas. He was an All-State player himself at Mission High School in Mission, Texas, in 1987, and was also an Honorable Mention High School All-American as selected by USA Today.
Currently, Hernandez is working on completing a master's degree in higher education. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from K-State in December of 1992.
As for Centilli, the former Texas college standout arrives in Houston from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, where he served as the Head Football Coach since 1997. While at Dodge City CC Centilli coached four Juco All-Americans and 25 All-Conference standouts.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, Centilli spent one year at Dodge City CC as both the Offensive and Recruiting Coordinators. A veteran of several European football leagues, Centilli was a player-coach with the Stockholm Nordic Vikings from 1995-96, after playing one season as the quarterback and offensive coordinator of the Lenano Frogs in Italy.
Centilli graduated from East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1994, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. While at ETSU, Centilli was a two-year starter and led the Lions to the 1992 Division II Quarterfinals. Centilli also spent two years at San Jose State University before transferring to the Commerce, Texas, school.
Warner, Hernandez and Centilli all have impressive recruiting ties
to the state of Texas, either as a former player in the state or as a key
Texas recruiter for a former employer.