Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder has announced the hirings of Dana Dimel, Del Miller and Ricky Rahne to the Wildcat coaching staff, while also announcing that former Wildcat greats Jonathan Beasley and Joe Gordon will serve on the football staff.
Dimel, a 1986 Kansas State graduate, will coach the Wildcat running backs and serve as the run game coordinator, while Miller, a 30-year coaching veteran, will tutor the Wildcat quarterbacks and wide receivers while serving as the passing game coordinator. Rahne, who has served on the K-State staff in each of the last three seasons, will coach the Wildcat tight ends.
Beasley, a two-time captain at quarterback and letterman from 1996-97 and 1999-2000, will serve as the offensive graduate assistant coach, while Gordon, a defensive back from 1993-96, will oversee the program's recruiting operations.
The group joins an extremely experienced staff at Kansas State, with Dimel and Miller becoming the second and third assistant coaches on the 2009 staff to possess head coaching experience.
The hire marks Dimel's third tour of duty with the Wildcats as he heads back to Manhattan after serving three seasons on Mike Stoops' staff at Arizona. Dimel joined Stoops' staff in early 2006 to coach tight ends and then took on bigger responsibilities calling plays as the running game coordinator and H-backs coach. A year ago he worked primarily with tight ends and this past spring he became running backs coach as well as the associate head coach.
Arizona finished 8-5 last season, which included its first bowl win in 10 years after a 31-21 triumph over No. 17 BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Wildcats' top scoring threat in 2008 was Rob Gronkowski, a tight end tutored by Dimel. Gronkowski, despite missing the first three games of the season due to illness, was a unanimous First Team All-PAC-10 selection at tight end after collecting 47 receptions for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season.
A K-State alumnus who lettered for the Wildcats in 1985 and 1986 as an offensive lineman, Dimel spent 10 years on the K-State staff from 1987 to 1996.
Kansas State's offensive line coach for much of his tenure, Dimel also served as offensive coordinator during the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. In 1995, his first at the controls of the Wildcat offense, Kansas State set school records for both touchdowns and total points as well as total offense.
During Dimel's coaching tenure at K-State, he mentored 11 offensive linemen who went on to sign NFL contracts. He was also instrumental in developing All-Americans Barrett Brooks, Jim Hmielewski and Quentin Neujahr along with all-conference selections Jason Johnson, Todd Weiner and Ryan Young.
In 1997, Dimel became the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I when he was named head coach at the University of Wyoming at the age of 35.
Dimel spent three years at Wyoming, guiding the Cowboys to an impressive 23-12 overall record, and left Laramie as one of only 10 head coaches at the time to win no fewer than seven games in every year as a head coach.
Considered one of the nation's most successful young head coaches at the time, Dimel led the Cowboys to eight-win seasons in both 1998 and 1999 before being named head coach at the University of Houston, where he guided the Cougars' football program from 2000-2002.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dimel and his wife, Julie, have a son, Winston, and a daughter, Josie.
Miller, who has worked with some of the most prolific offenses in K-State history, will be making his fourth stop in Manhattan after serving the 2006-08 seasons as the offensive coordinator at San Diego State and will enter his 13th season overall at Kansas State in 2009.
Last season, the Aztecs were led by two redshirt freshmen in quarterback Ryan Lindley and wide receiver Vincent Brown. Lindley threw for 2,653 yards and ranked 40th nationally in total offense, while Brown, an All-Mountain West selection by Phil Steele, ranked 44th nationally with 5.33 receptions per game and hauled in 64 catches for 631 yards and five touchdowns in 2008.
In 2007, the Aztecs ranked 28th nationally in passing offense, throwing for over 3,000 yards, while SDSU also led the Mountain West Conference in red zone offense, scoring nearly 90-percent of the time. Quarterback Kevin O'Connell became the first Aztec to lead the team in both rushing (408 yards) and passing (3,063 yards), ranking in the top 30 nationally in passing average and total offense. He was one of three Aztec offensive players selected in the 2008 NFL Draft as he was taken in the third round by New England.
One of the first hires made by Snyder when he first came to K-State in 1989, Miller returned to Manhattan in 2001 as offensive coordinator for his third stint on the staff after serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State for the 2000 season.
Miller has played a major role in the building of two major college programs, first at Iowa under the legendary Hayden Fry from 1978-88 before becoming a member of Snyder's original Kansas State coaching staff. He has coached in 14 bowl games in his 30 years as a Division I assistant, including six at Kansas State. He has been a part of 12 seasons of eight or more wins at Iowa and K-State, including five seasons of 10 or more victories.
Miller returned to Kansas State in 1999 to serve as a graduate assistant, helping the Wildcats to a third consecutive 11-win season and a Big 12 North Division co-Championship. After a year at Oklahoma State, he returned to Manhattan in 2001 to serve as the assistant director of football operations before being elevated to defensive ends coach in 2002. In his lone season as a defensive assistant, Miller helped Andrew Shull break onto the single-season top 10 list for sacks and Melvin Williams become a fifth-round selection of New Orleans in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Miller began his second stint as the school's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2003. He helped the Wildcats rank ninth nationally in both scoring and rushing offense and 17th in total offense en route to capturing their first conference championship in nearly 70 years. The offense was one of just seven in the country to average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and passing. Miller was instrumental in developing quarterback Ell Roberson, who is the school's all-time leader in total offense and passing touchdowns.
With the opportunity to run his own program, Miller left Kansas State in 1995 to take over as head coach at Southwest Missouri State. He guided the Bears to a 21-23 record in four seasons, including their first winning mark in three years in 1996 at 7-4.
Miller followed Snyder to Kansas State in 1989, serving as the program's offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. After two seasons, he was elevated to assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator for the 1991 season. Later that year, Miller helped the Wildcats post their first winning season in nine years at 7-4. K-State would go on to break the school record for wins in 1993 and 1994 with nine plus advance to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. Miller coached six all-conference players from 1989 to 1994, including two-time all-league selections Chad May and Michael Smith.
Miller began his coaching career at the high school level in 1972 when he became head coach at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Iowa. In 1975, he left to become the defensive coordinator at Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, Iowa. He then served as head coach at Eagle Grove from 1977-78.
A native of Marengo, Iowa, Miller played and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1972 and received his master's degree in physical education in 1976.
Miller is married to the former Jan Schafbuch. The couple has three sons, Todd, Tad and Troy (deceased).
Rahne joined the Kansas State football program's full-time staff on January 29, 2007, and is in his third season overall with the Wildcats, including spending the last two as running backs coach.
In his first season directing the Wildcat running backs, Rahne helped tutor All-Big 12 selection and current Cincinnati Bengal James Johnson, who became the fastest Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in 2007. The Wildcat rushing attack averaged 4.5 yards a carry in 2007, including a 6.4-yard average by Johnson.
Rahne served as the program's offensive graduate assistant during the 2006 season and worked closely with all aspects of the Kansas State offense, and specifically the development of record-setting quarterback Josh Freeman, prior to his promotion.
Before joining Prince's staff at K-State, Rahne spent the 2005 season as the running backs coach at Cornell, where he mentored first team All-Ivy League selection Luke Siwula. During 2005, Siwula had six 100-yard rushing games. He ended the year with 1,086 yards on the ground for the 10th-best single-season rushing total in Cornell history.
During the 2004 campaign, Rahne was a member of the coaching staff at Holy Cross, where he served as an assistant defensive line coach. In his only season with the Crusaders, Rahne worked extensively with the program's defensive ends. He was also responsible for all video breakdowns of opponents' defense and special teams and assisted the defensive coordinator in developing game plans while coordinating scout teams.
A native of Morrison, Colo., and a 2002 Cornell graduate with a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations, Rahne served as an intern in the National Football League office during the summer before his senior year. Prior to his stint at Holy Cross, Rahne worked at the Cintas Corporation as a part of the company's management trainee program.
On the field, Rahne finished his career as Cornell's all-time leader in nearly every passing category and earned the team's MVP honors three times.
A three-year starter, he remains the program's career leader in completions (678), yards (7,710), touchdown passes (54) and 200-yard passing games (25). He took over the top spot for total offense with 7,994 yards (7,710 passing, 284 rushing) during his senior season and finished his career ranked No. 3 in the Ivy League in career passing yards with 7,710 yards.
Rahne is married to the former Jennifer Neuberger and the couple makes their home in Manhattan.
Prior to returning to Kansas State, Beasley served as the wide receivers coach at Montana State in 2007 and 2008. The Bobcats went 7-5 this past season and 6-5 in Beasley's first season on staff. As part of the Bobcat coaching staff, Beasley also assisted with the weekly implementation of the offensive game plan and served as the MSU Community Service Coordinator
Before arriving at Montana State, Beasley served as a graduate assistant at Emporia State as well as quarterbacks and running backs coach at Wichita North High (2006) and JV and freshman quarterbacks coach at Cactus High in Glendale, Ariz. (2003). Beasley played professionally for the Wichita Aviators in the APFL (2005), the Wichita Stealth in Arena II (2004), the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars (2003), the NFL Detroit Lions (2003), and NFL Green Bay Packers (2001). He also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (2001-02).
A native of Glendale, Ariz., Beasley was a Third Team All-Big 12 selection at quarterback for K-State in 2000, and earned MVP honors in the 2001 Cotton Bowl and 1999 Holiday Bowl. He also earned MVP and team captain honors for the 2001 Hula Bowl, and was team captain for the 2001 East-West Shrine Game.
Beasley was a two-year starter at Kansas State, compiling a 132.7 pass efficiency rating in 2000, the top mark in school history to that point. He threw for over 30 touchdowns in his career and finished with 4,642 career passing yards. He holds the school record for most yards per completion for a game (23.9), season (20.1) and career (17.9) while also compiling a 21-4 record in two seasons as the Wildcat starting quarterback. He led K-State to a Big 12 Championship Game appearance against Oklahoma as a senior, and led the Wildcats to a win over Nebraska that same season by throwing a game-winning 12-yard scoring strike in the game's final three minutes.
An All-American cornerback in 1995 as a junior, Gordon comes to Kansas State from the private sector, where he has worked in various capacities over the past 11 years, most recently as a partner at MWA Employee Benefits, LLC, and the owner of Joe Gordon Sports Training. In his new role, Gordon will assist with day to day operations of the football program as well as organize and oversee K-State's recruiting efforts.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in criminology from K-State in 1996, Gordon spent the 1997 season with the St. Louis Rams before heading to NFL Europe in 1998 where he played for the Rhein Fire.
While at Kansas State, Gordon was a two-time All-Big Eight selection after stellar seasons as a sophomore and junior. Gordon, a native of Arlington, Texas, and a preseason All-American, played in just four games as a senior in 1996 as he suffered an injury to his leg.
During his sophomore season in 1994, Gordon became the first sophomore cornerback since 1984 to earn first team all-conference honors after he totaled 50 tackles and 11 pass breakups. He followed that with a 48-tackle junior season with 13 pass breakups en route to All-America honors. As a junior, Gordon allowed just 12 completions after lining up in man coverage a total of 332 times and helped the Wildcat pass defense rank third nationally with a 136.8 yard-per-game average through the air.