Mike Gundy Adds Two New Coaches

Mike Gundy has always waited until right before or after signing day to make coaching moves. He has said it was out of respect to fellow coaches because he knows how he hates it when his staff is disrupted during the critical recruiting process. However, the OSU coach has hired former Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford and Dan Hammerschmidt, a member of the University of Houston staff.

Hammerschmidt recently was let go but coached the Cougars to a bowl game and a miraculous comeback in the Military Bowl and a win over Pittsburgh earlier on the same day the Cowboys defeated Washington in the Ticket City Cactus Bowl.

There is also a much longer "dead" period in recruiting this year with the first ever college football playoff and that apparently allowed Gundy more time to come up with the solutions in the changes he had to make and desired to make in his staff.

Hammerschmidt would appear to be the choice to replace cornerbacks coach Van Malone, who left right after the Bedlam win to become the new defensive coordinator at SMU.

Wolford (pictured above), it would appear, will join the offensive staff likely coaching tight ends and assisting with the run game overall, in replacing inside receivers coach Jason Ray on the offensive side of the ball. Ray was let go and sources told us that it wasn't his fault but the offense is moving into a more versatile direction from using four and five wide receivers with more use out of the tight end position.

From history we also know that Gundy while embracing and using the "air raid" tactics also wants to have a strong running game in his offense.

Hammerschmidt is a 28-year coaching veteran. In our homework, we could not help to put the pieces together that he might have had some ties to Glenn Spencer in that both coaches were at Duke, although Hammerschmidt was there some 16 years prior to Spencer. You can see some connections in some of the people they know.

A native of San Diego, Hammerschmidt played safety at Colorado State after a standout high school career as a quarterback. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Colorado State and then did the same at TCU. Steve Spurrier gave him his first full-time job as an assistant coaching outside linebackers at Duke in 1988.

In 1995, he moved on to Virginia Military Institute as secondary coach. From 1996 to 2007 he was back at his alma mater, first coaching wide receivers and then as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.

In 2008, he went to Rice and coached record-setter and All-American wide receiver Jarrett Dillard along with All-CUSA receiver James Casey. In 2009 he was assistant head coach and wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wyoming. Sonny Lubrick brought him back to CSU in 2010-11 as passing game coordinator for the Rams.

Hammerschmidt was in the NFL as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2012-13 before landing at the University of Houston as running backs coach last season. Hammerschmidt has two children, daughter Holly and son Michael.

Wolford compiled a 31-26 record as head coach at Youngstown State from 2010-2014. He is very much a solid member of the Bill Snyder coaching tree. Wolford came out of Ursuline Academy in Youngstown and played for Snyder's early Kansas State teams as a four-year starter at offensive guard.

His coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Kansas State and then Emporia State. He has coached for a lot of the sterling members of the Snyder coaching tree as he was at South Florida under Jim Leavitt from 1997-99 and coached under Dana Dimel at Houston from 2000-02.

In 2003, he was at North Texas under Darryl Dickey. From 2004 to 2006 he was at Arizona as offensive line coach. In 2007-08 he was the offensive line coach for Ron Zook at Illinois. Steve Spurrier hired Wolford to coach his offensive line at South Carolina in the 2009 season before he was hired as head coach at Youngstown State.

Wolford's wife's name is Melinda and he has two children in son Stone and daughter Marlee. Wolford's wife founded the No Stone Unturned Foundation that benefits Cardiofaciocufaneous Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that impacts a small number of children, including their son Stone.

This was a new move for Gundy to make these changes and hires earlier than after the recruiting signing day. Bt our guess again is the combination of a lengthy dead period in recruiting and having two strong veteran coaches available made the move possible.


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