Meet The New Guy: Ohio State Hires Tom Herman

Written December 8th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye
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We should have listened to our great commentators…

First, they told us how strong of a program Iowa State is. Then, they gave us the heads up that ISU’s offensive coordinator was someone to keep an eye on.

Well, they were right, and Coach Meyer (still fun to type that!) agrees, today hiring Tom Herman to be the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State. UPDATE: Herman will also serve as the offensive coordinator, as per Ohio State.

Here’s a bit from the CBS story on this-

Herman is relatively young (36 years old); he graduated cum laude from California Lutheran in 1997 and has been an assistant coach ever since. He has been Iowa State’s offensive coordinator for three years, as he was brought in with Paul Rhoads before the 2009 season. Under Herman, the Iowa State offense has scored 20.5, 23.7, and 23.6 points per game in those three years. Previously, Herman was the offensive coordinator at Rice for two years, and he spent time as an assistant at two other schools in Texas for the six season prior to that. Herman also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas after graduating from college.

This hire is a bit surprising, although Herman is an up and coming coach and will fit well into Coach Meyer’s plan for the development of the program. Here’s something from an indepth look at his career and offensive philosophy.

Herman’s big on preaching to his players about trying to win “the double positive,” he explains of his biggest stat barometer.

“If you win the turnover battle and the ‘explosive’ game, stats say you win the game 97 percent of the time. We preach that to our kids daily. I think I read a study a few years ago about it and it’s certainly held up in all of my years as a coordinator.

Just awesome… a lot different than the former video editor quarterbacks coach. Now, we need to get him a good nickname… I’m guessing “PeeWee” ain’t gonna’ fly, what about the “Hermanator”?

At any rate- welcome to the Buckeye Family, Coach Herman!

UPDATE: Great video of his offensive philosophy-


  1. JimNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    To our confused Cyclone friends that may be stopping by: The reference in this post to the QB coach being a “video editor” at Ohio State is a dig at Nic Siciliano, who was a video editor immediately before becoming the QB coach. He was a “Tressel guy” but otherwise was arguably extremely unqualified for the position.

    So yes, to answer your question, coaching QBs at Ohio State is an upgrade over coordinating your offense- despite our last QB coach not living up to that standard.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    (click here to see what I am talking about)


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Just to clarify- The recently departed Joe Daniels was the QB coach of record for most of Tressel’s tenure; he was moved to a new position when he became ill, and Siciliano was moved into the QB coaching slot.

    But the “real” OC and QB coach was (as is often the case) James Patrick Tressel.


  2. RodNo Gravatar
    December 9th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    As a cyclone fan, I would like to wish Tom all the best in his future endeavors. Thank you for all of your hard work and doing it right while in Ames. You have left our program in better shape then when you found it.

    Good Luck from the Cyclone Nation!


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