Dan Hammerschmidt
Dan Hammerschmidt

Position:
Assistant Coach

Years coaching:
26th season (19th at CSU)


12/12/2011

First collegiate and NFL start very similar for former CSU QB Hanie

Hanie shows continued improvement

Dan Hammerschmidt at a glance...

  • Returned to Colorado State in his current role, hired by Steve Fairchild, on Dec. 29, 2009.
  • One of six Rams coaches that played at CSU and one of six former Sonny Lubick assistants on Fairchild's staff. Spent four years as a player and 13 seasons as an assistant in two previous CSU stops.
  • At Rice in 2008, coached a pair of NFL Draft choices, both All-Americans, as the Owls ranked No. 5 in the nation with 327.2 passing yards per game.
  • Has helped his team to a bowl in eight of the last 12 seasons entering 2011.
  • A four-year starter as a safety for the Rams in the 1980s, also returned kickoffs for CSU.
  • Given his first full-time coaching job by Steve Spurrier at Duke in 1988.
  • Played QB at Helix High School in San Diego, the program that later produced both the No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections in the NFL Draft.

Postseason Experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1989 All-American Bowl Texas Tech
(assistant coach at Duke)
1994 Hall of Fame Bowl Wisconsin
(assistant coach at Duke)
1997 Holiday Bowl Missouri
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
1999 Liberty Bowl Southern Miss
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2000 Liberty Bowl Louisville
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2001 New Orleans Bowl North Texas
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2002 Liberty Bowl TCU
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2003 San Francisco Bowl Boston College
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2005 Poinsettia Bowl Navy
(assistant coach at Colorado State)
2008 Texas Bowl Western Michigan
(assistant coach at Rice)
2009 New Mexico Bowl Fresno State
(assistant coach at Wyoming)

Coaching Background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
1986 Colorado State Student-Assistant
1987 TCU Graduate Assistant
1988 Duke Outside LBs/Special Teams
1989-94 Duke Secondary
1995 VMI Secondary
1996-2000 Colorado State Wide Receivers
2001-07 Colorado State Co-Offensive Coord./QBs
2008 Rice Wide Receivers
2009 Wyoming Asst. HC/WRs & TEs
2010- Colorado State WRs/Passing Game Coord.r

Prominent Players Coached

  • Rice's Jarett Dillard, a first-team All-American who established the NCAA career record with 60 TD catches before Jacksonville chose him in the `09 draft, and James Casey, an All-American on some lists and a unanimous first-team all-conference player drafted by the Houston Texans in 2009.
  • Several NFL players, including WR Darran Hall, Tennessee's sixth-round selection in 1999; QB Bradlee Van Pelt, the Broncos' seventh-round choice in 2004; and QB Caleb Hanie, a 2008 Chicago Bears free agent and currently Jay Cutler's backup.
  • Nine all-conference players: WR Jeremy Calhoun (1996), WR Geoff Turner (1997), Hall (1998), WR Dallas Davis (1999), WR Pete Rebstock (2000), Rice's Dillard and Casey (2008), Duke's Erwin Sampson (1989) and Van Pelt (2002-03), the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and '03.

Recruiting Areas:

  • Dallas (west of I-35)
  • Oklahoma

Dan Hammerschmidt is in his 26th season as a coach, his 19th at Colorado State, after rejoining the Rams program on Dec. 29, 2009, as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

His addition gave the Rams six coaches that played at CSU and graduated from the institution. Plus, CSU now has six staff members that coached previously for the Rams during the program's most successful period, the Sonny Lubick era.

Hammerschmidt, 46, returned to his alma mater, where he spent four years (1982-85) as a player and 13 previous seasons (1986, 1996-2007) as an assistant coach. A student assistant under Leon Fuller in 1986, he returned to coach under Lubick as wide receivers coach from 1996-2000, then replaced now-Head Coach Fairchild as QB coach and shared offensive coordinator duties from 2001-07.

Since the 2007 season, Hammerschmidt spent one campaign at Rice and the '09 season at Wyoming, helping each team to a breakout year ending in a bowl game.

Most recently assistant head coach, wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wyoming, he spent 2009 in Laramie, Wyo. Like the Rams in 2008, the Cowboys in `09 finished 7-6 and won the New Mexico Bowl, their first postseason game in five years. One of his players, WR David Leonard, finished third in the Mountain West and tied for 32nd in the nation with 5.83 receptions per game, garnering honorable mention all-conference honors.

As wide receivers coach at Rice the year before, 2008, he helped the Owls to a 10-3 overall record, their best mark in more than four decades, and a win in the Texas Bowl, the program's first postseason victory since 1954. Key in the 10-3 season were Hammerschmidt's starting wide receivers, Jarett Dillard, a first-team All-American who established the NCAA career record with 60 touchdown catches before Jacksonville chose him in the `09 draft, and James Casey, an All-American on some lists and a unanimous first-team all-conference player drafted by the Houston Texans in 2009. Among the most feared offenses in the country, Rice ranked No. 5 in passing (327.2 yards per game), No. 8 in scoring (41.3 points per game) and No. 10 in total yards (470.9).

Hammerschmidt, who has helped his teams to bowl games in eight of the past 12 seasons, has coached in the Mountain West all but one of the conference's 12 years. He played a key role in four Rams conference titles (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002) and seven bowl appearances. What's more, the Rams in 2003 established their single-season record with 5,706 yards of offense.

His NFL players include WR Darran Hall, Tennessee's sixth-round selection in 1999; QB Bradlee Van Pelt, the Broncos' seventh-round choice in 2004; Dillard, Jacksonville's fifth-round selection in 2009; Casey, Houston's fifth-round choice in 2009; and QB Caleb Hanie, a 2008 Chicago Bears free agent and currently Jay Cutler's backup. Hammerschmidt also has coached nine all-conference players: WR Jeremy Calhoun (1996), WR Geoff Turner (1997), Hall (1998), WR Dallas Davis (1999), WR Pete Rebstock (2000), Rice's Dillard and Casey (2008), Duke's Erwin Sampson (1989) and Van Pelt (2002-03), the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and '03.

A four-year starter (1982-85) as a safety for the Rams, Hammerschmidt led CSU with four interceptions in 1985, in addition to returning kickoffs. After signing as a free agent and spending training camp with the Indianapolis Colts, he returned to CSU to begin his coaching career in 1986.

After one year at CSU, he was a graduate assistant at TCU in 1987.

Steve Spurrier gave Hammerschmidt his first full-time coaching position, making him the Duke outside linebackers and special teams coach in 1988. He was in charge of the Blue Devils' secondary each of the next five years until moving to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where current West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart hired Hammerschmidt to coach the Keydets' secondary.

Lubick, CSU's offensive coordinator during most of Hammerschmidt's college playing career, then brought him back to Fort Collins in 1996.\

One of four current Rams coaches who grew up in the San Diego area, Hammerschmidt came to CSU after a stellar career as a quarterback at Helix High School, which later produced the No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections in the NFL Draft, Utah's Alex Smith (2005) and USC's Reggie Bush (2006), respectively. Fairchild, running backs coach Anthoney Hill, and quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson also left the San Diego area to play quarterback at CSU.

Hammerschmidt graduated in 1987 from Colorado State with a degree in business economics. He has two children, Holly and Michael. His brother, Jeff, is Arizona's special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach.

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