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Saturday, January 3, 2009
ISU hires Rice assistant Tom Herman

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Rice offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been hired by new Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads as the Cyclones' new offensive coordinator.

In two seasons working with David Bailiff at Rice, Herman's offense broke nearly 50 school records with the Owls. In the process, Herman helped the Owls match their school record with 10 victories this season and notch a 38-14 victory over Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl -- the school's first bowl victory since 1954.

"I am elated to have the opportunity to coach in one of the nation's best conferences, represent an outstanding academic institution like Iowa State University and work for a head coach with the reputation of Paul (Rhoads)," Herman said. "Now, it's time to finish off the recruiting season with a flourish and then start teaching."

As a team, the Owls ranked in the top 10 nationally last fall for passing offense (5th at 327.8), scoring offense (tied for 8th at 41.6) and total offense (10th at 472.3). Rice was seventh nationally in first downs (309) and 12th in third-down conversion percentage (49.4 percent). Herman-led offenses broke Rice school records for points and touchdowns in a season both years there.

"I couldn't be more excited to have a coach of Tom's caliber joining my staff at Iowa State," Rhoads said. "The staggering numbers that his offense put up at Rice are indicative of his abilities. But, beyond his coaching expertise, I believe his recruiting ties in Texas, familiarity with the Big 12 and his innovative approach to moving the football and scoring points matches my vision for Iowa State football."

Herman, 33, had earlier worked as offensive coordinator at Texas State with Bailiff and four years as an assistant at Sam Houston State. He graduated from college at California Lutheran, where he was an all-conference wide receiver.

Before starting coaching, Herman worked in television and radio as a sports production assistant in Oxnard, Calif., and in Los Angeles as a highlight coordinator at FOX Sports.