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Dana Holgorsen

Dana
Holgorsen
Head Coach

Personal
Birthday June 21
Hometown Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
College Iowa Wesleyan, 1993 (Bachelor's)
Valdosta State, 1995 (Master's)
Family son, Logan; daughters, McClayne, Karlyn
Coaching History
1993-95 Valdosta State -
Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special Teams
1996-98 Mississippi College -
Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special Teams
1999 Wingate -
Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
2000-04 Texas Tech -
Inside Receivers
2005-07 Texas Tech -
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
2008-09 Houston -
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2010 Oklahoma State -
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2011-present West Virginia -
Head Coach
Coaching Record
Year School Record Postseason
2011 West Virginia 10-3 Orange Bowl (W)
2012 West Virginia 7-6 Pinstripe Bowl (L)
2013 West Virginia 4-8  
2014 West Virginia 7-6
Liberty Bowl (L)
2015 West Virginia 8-5
Cactus Bowl (W)
Overall Record 36-28 (5 years)  


Coaching Highlights
  • Has had 14 players earn All-America honors
  • Has had at least one NFL Top-15 draft pick four the past five years, the only coach to accomplish that feat
  • Has had four NFL Top-15 draft picks during the past five years, tying for second nationally for the amount of Top-15 draft picks during that time
  • Has had nine NFL draft picks in first three rounds in the past five years, most in Big 12
  • Has had 17 players drafted in five years at WVU, third-most in the Big 12
  • Has had four wide receivers drafted since 2013, tied nationally for most during that time
  • Since becoming offensive coordinator at Texas Tech in 2005, his offenses have averaged an outstanding 37.4 points per game over that 11-year period
  • His passing offenses and total offensive output have ranked in the Top 10 nationally all but three years during the 11-year span since he became offensive coordinator at Texas Tech in 2005
  • His former pupils have earned 10 national awards and also has had 10 earn finalist honors
  • Had eight quarterbacks pass for 4,000 or more yards and throw for 30 or more touchdowns in a season
  • Had 14 receivers finish with 1,000 or more yards in a season, including 10 finish with 90 or more receptions and 12 finish with double figure TD receptions in a season
  • Has had six wins over Top 25 opponents in his five-year tenure at WVU
  • His 36 wins puts him in sixth place on the all-time WVU coaching win list; needs seven more to move past Bobby Bowden into fifth place
  • Only coach in West Virginia history to have coached a team with at least 450 rushing yards in a game (Oklahoma, 2012) and at least 450 yards passing in a game (five times)
West Virginia
2015 (5th Year)
  • Finished the season with an 8-5 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the Big 12 Conference, tying for fifth
  • The eight wins were the most in a season since becoming a member of the Big 12 Conference
  • Led the Mountaineers to a 43-42 victory in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, his fourth bowl appearance in five years
  • Tied or broke 19 individual or team, school and Cactus Bowl records and produced 11 NCAA Top 10 Bowl Rankings
  • Seventeen players had their degrees in hand when the Cactus bowl was played, ranking among the Top 10 nationally in number of graduates playing in a bowl game
  • Seven All-Big 12 Academic Team selections
  • Twenty-Nine players were named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall semester
  • Twenty-Six players were named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester
  • Two All-American selections, Nick Kwiatkoski and Karl Joseph, named to three teams
  • WVU had nine players named to the coaches' All-Big 12 team selections, including three on the first team
  • Led Mountaineers to a Top 25 national ranking for the fourth year, reaching as high as No. 21 in the Coaches’ Poll
  • Wendell Smallwood became Holgorsen’s second WVU running back and fourth overall to hit the 1,000-yard rushing plateau (1,519)
  • WVU’s offense was No. 17 nationally in rushing offense, No. 18 in first down offense and No. 23 in total offense
  • WVU's defense was ranked No. 2 nationally in interceptions, No. 5 in turnovers gained, tied for No. 8 in number of defensive three-and-outs, No. 11 in opponents third-down defense and No. 15 in turnover margin
  • WVU’s special teams were ranked No. 11 in kickoff returns, No. 22 in net punting and punt return defense
2014 (4th season)
  • Finished with 7-6 record overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play, tying for fourth place, WVU’s highest finish in the league
  • Led the Mountaineers to a Liberty Bowl berth, his third bowl appearance in four seasons at WVU
  • Four Mountaineers earned 28 All-America honors
  • WVU had four players named to the coaches’ All-Big 12 teams and five players selected to the Associated Press team
  • Kevin White was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award.
  • White was No. 6 nationally in receptions per game, receiving yards, No. 8 in receiving yards per game and No. 19 in receiving touchdowns
  • White was the third Mountaineer to finish with more than 100 receptions in a season and the eighth to have 1,000 or more receiving yards
  • White’s 109 receptions were third most in the nation and his 1,447 yards were sixth most
  • Three receivers have had seven straight 100-yard receiving performances since 2000, Michael Crabtree, Justin Blackmon and Kevin White, all three coached by Holgorsen
  • Kickoff returner Mario Alford was No. 8 nationally in kickoff return yards per game
  • Josh Lambert was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, college football’s top kicker
  • Lambert finished No. 1 nationally in field goals per game and No. 8 in scoring
  • Lambert set the NCAA record for most field goals made of 40 yards or more in a season (16) and tied the mark for games with the most multiple field goals (10)
  • Lambert’s 30 field goals made in the season tied the school record for most made in a season and was the most made in the nation
  • Clint Trickett was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award
  • Trickett was No. 6 in the nation in completions per game, No. 10 in passing yards per game, No. 11 in completion percentage, No. 21 in total offense, No. 22 in passing yards, No. 33 in passing efficiency and No. 54 in passing touchdowns
  • Trickett was the third Mountaineer to finish with more than 3,000 yards passing in a season
  • Shaq Riddick was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Newcomer of the Year
  • Defeated No. 4 Baylor for his sixth win over a Top 25 and first over a Top 10 team
  • WVU was ranked in the Top 25 for three weeks, including as high as No. 20
2013 (3rd season)
  • Defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State for his fifth win over a Top 25 team at WVU
  • Had six players earn All-Big 12 Conference honors, including Charles Sims who was a first-team selection
  • Sims also was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year
  • Sims and Will Clarke were drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft, giving him six players drafted in the Top three rounds
2012 (2nd season)
  • Served as West Virginia’s Campaign Chair for United Way, raising more than $330,000, exceeding the goal
  • Led football program into its first year of competition in the Big 12 Conference
  • Guided West Virginia to a 7-6 overall record in 2012 and an appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl
  • Earned national rankings in 10-of-16 weeks during the 2012 season in the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls, reaching as high as No. 4 in USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 5 in the AP Poll
  • Five Mountaineer players earned 25 All-America honors
  • Three Mountaineer players were drafted in the Top 3 rounds of the NFL Draft, including the No. 8 selection Tavon Austin
  • Holgorsen has had a first-round NFL draft choice for two straight years, the only WVU coach to accomplish that
  • Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were one of four sets of 1,000-yard receivers nationally
  • WVU was one of only two schools nationally to have a 4,000-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers
  • WVU was ranked No. 9 nationally in scoring offense and No. 10 in passing offense and total offense.
  • Geno Smith led the nation in passing touchdowns (42)
  • Smith was one of only two quarterbacks to throw for more than 4,000 yards for two straight years
  • Smith was one of five quarterbacks nationally to throw for 30 or more touchdowns in two straight years
  • Bailey led the nation in receiving touchdowns (25) and finished with the second highest amount ever in a single season
  • Austin was the only player nationally to finish with 100 or more receptions for two straight years
  • Austin was the only player nationally to finish with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for two straight years
  • Austin was the only player in NCAA history to finish his career with more than 3,000 receiving yards and more than 1,000 yards rushing
  • Austin was the recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, the nation’s most versatile player
  • Austin was the recipient of the Jet Award, the nation’s top returner
  • Austin was named the Big 12 Conference co-Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Bailey was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • Smith was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Manning Awards
2011 (1st season)
  • Named FWAA First-Year Head Coach of the Year
  • Posted a 10-3 mark in his first season as head coach, only WVU coach to win 10 games in his first year
  • Led West Virginia to Big East Championship and BCS win, first WVU coach to accomplish that feat
  • Earned national rankings in 13-of-16 weeks of 2011 season in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, reaching as high as No. 11 in the AP Poll and tied for No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll
  • Tied for fourth in wins among first-year head coaches nationally
  • One of seven coaches to take his program to a BCS Bowl in his first year as a head coach, and only one of three (Larry Coker, 2001; Chris Peterson, 2007) to win the bowl game
  • Fourth WVU coach to make a bowl appearance and win in his first season (Bill Stewart, Dudley DeGroot, Marshall Glenn)
  • Three Mountaineer players earned seven All-America honors
  • Three Mountaineer players drafted in the NFL Draft, including the No. 15 pick, Bruce Irvin
  • WVU led the BIG EAST with 10 all-conference honorees and the Special Teams Player of the Year, Austin
  • WVU finished No. 6 nationally in passing offense, No. 13 in scoring offense and No. 15 in total offense
  • The Mountaineer offense ranked No. 67 in total offense in 2010, the year before Holgorsen arrived, and he took it to No. 15 in 2011
  • In 2011, Austin and Bailey were the fourth pair of 1,000-yard receivers nationally (Houston, USC, SMU)
  • WVU was one of two schools nationally to have a 4,000-yard passer and two 1,000-yard receivers (Houston)
  • Quarterback Geno Smith finished No. 5 nationally in passing yards per game, No. 8 in completions per game and total offense and No. 17 in passing efficiency
  • Austin finished No. 1 nationally in all-purpose yardage (198.0), No. 6 in punt returns, No. 8 in receptions per game, No. 20 in kickoff returns and No. 23 in receiving yards per game
  • Bailey finished No. 13 nationally in receiving yards per game
2010 - Oklahoma State
  • In 2010, was named a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, signifying the top assistant coach in college football and named the rivals.com national offensive coordinator of the year
  • In 2010, the Cowboys led the nation in total offense during the regular season and finished No. 2 in passing offense and No. 3 in total and scoring offense
  • OSU averaged 520.23 yards per game in total offense, including 345.9 passing yards and 44.23 points per game
  • The Cowboy offense ranked No. 61 nationally in total offense in 2009, the year before Holgorsen arrived, and he took it to the No. 1 spot in 2010
  • Quarterback Brandon Weeden became the first OSU passer to earn first team all-Big 12 honors. He was a finalist for the Manning Award, given to the top quarterback in the nation
  • Receiver Justin Blackmon was named the recipient of the 2010 Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the nation, and running back Kendall Hunter was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back
  • Weeden, Hunter and Blackmon became only the second trio in NCAA history to pass for at least 3,000 yards, run for more than 1,500 yards and finish with more than 1,500 yards receiving in the same season
2008-09 - Houston
  • In 2009, UH led the nation in total offense with 563 yards per game, scoring offense with 42.2 points per game, and passing offense with 433.7 yards per game. In 2008, his first year at Houston, the Cougars ranked second in the nation in passing offense (401.6) and total offense (562.77). UH scored 40.62 points per game to rank 10th nationally
  • Houston quarterback Case Keenum led the nation in total offense in 2008 and 2009, with 403.15 yards of total offense per game as a sophomore and 416.36 yards of offense as a junior
  • Keenum ranked among the nation’s top-10 passing efficiency leaders each of his two seasons under Holgorsen’s watch
2000-07 - Texas Tech
  • During his tenure as offensive coordinator, the Red Raiders increased their offensive numbers from 324.8 yards per game to 529.6 yards per game
  • In 2007, Texas Tech led the nation in passing offense (470.31 yards per game), ranked second in total offense (529.62 yards per game) and was seventh in scoring offense (40.92 points per game)
  • Quarterback Graham Harrell led the nation in total offense and receiver Michael Crabtree led the nation in receptions per game and receiving yards per game
  • Crabtree won the Biletnikoff Award as America’s top receiver in 2007
  • In 2006, the Red Raiders ranked third nationally in passing offense and sixth in total offense. Harrell was third nationally in total offense with 344.38 yards per game
  • In 2005, Texas Tech led the nation in passing offense with 388.83 yards per game, was fourth in scoring offense at 39.42 points per game and was sixth in total offense with 495.83 yards per contest
  • Quarterback Cody Hodges ranked second in the country with 369.08 yards per game
1999 - Wingate
  • Coached Lucas Greene who led the team in scoring that season and went on to play in the NFL
1996-98 - Mississippi College
  • Mississippi College won the American Southwest Conference in its first season in the league and averaged 432.0 yards per game in 1997
1993-95 - Valdosta State
  • Helped develop quarterback Chris Hatcher, who set an NCAA record, completing 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
  • Hatcher currently 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


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