Jeff Hammerschmidt
Jeff Hammerschmidt

Position:
Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

Years Coaching:
23rd season (Third at CSU)


03/30/2013

CSU football spring notebook: Practice 4

McElwain high on tight ends

03/25/2013

Rams Football begins Spring practices on Tuesday, March 26

Colorado State takes field for its second spring drills under Jim McElwain

09/10/2012

Football Games Notes: Rams at San Jose State, Sept. 15, 2012

Rams to face Spartans in first true road game of 2012

05/18/2012

Jim McElwain football camps on horizon

Registration continues for June, July summer camps

03/20/2012

McElwain's goal for CSU spring ball: Wake up on daily basis to be champion

Head coach, coordinators hold press conference to preview spring ball

03/20/2012

McElwain/Asst. Coaches PC-Spring Practice

McElwain, Baldwin, English, Simmons and Hammerschmidt talk about what they want to accomplish this spring.

Jeff Hammerschmidt at a glance...

  • Named to Jim McElwain's staff Feb. 7, 2012.
  • Brought to CSU eight years of experience coaching special teams, all in the Pac-10/12 and Big Ten.
  • Has seven years of experience as a defensive coordinator, having coached every defensive position.
  • Coached a consensus All-American, Tony Bouie, and a host of future NFL players, including Antwaan Randle El and Adewale Ogunleye.
  • Has significant postseason experience, including the Fiesta Bowl and Division I-AA national championship.
  • Brother of former CSU player and longtime assistant coach Dan Hammerschmidt.

Personnel file

  • Age on Sept. 1, 2014: 45
  • Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
  • High School: Helix; San Diego, Calif.
  • College: Arizona (sociology, 1991).
  • Family: Wife Felicity; children Bryn and Bode.

Career background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
1992 Arizona Graduate Assistant
1993 Arizona Safeties
1994-95 Arizona Defensive Backs
1996-97 Southern Utah Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Defensive Line
1998-99 Indiana Special Teams Coordinator/Outside LB
2000-02 Saint Mary's Defensive Coordinator
2003-04 Montana Defensive Coordinator
2005 Cal Poly Linebackers
2006 Stanford Special Teams/Outside LB
2007 San Jose State Linebackers
2008-11 Arizona Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Ends
2012-13 Colorado State Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

Postseason experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1986 Aloha Bowl North Carolina
(player at Arizona)
1989 Copper Bowl N.C. State
(player at Arizona)
1990 Aloha Bowl Syracuse
(player at Arizona)
1992 Sun Bowl Baylor
(assistant coach at Arizona)
1994 Freedom Bowl Utah
(assistant coach at Arizona)
1995 Fiesta Bowl Miami
(assistant coach at Arizona)
2003 Division I-AA first round Western Illinois
(assistant coach at Montana)
2004 Division I-AA first round Northwestern State
(assistant coach at Montana)
2004 Division I-AA quarterfinal New Hampshire
(assistant coach at Montana)
2004 Division I-AA semifinal Sam Houston State
(assistant coach at Montana)
2004 Division I-AA national championship James Madison
(assistant coach at Montana)
2005 Division I-AA first round Cal Poly
(assistant coach at Montana)
2008 Las Vegas Bowl BYU
(assistant coach at Arizona)
2009 Holiday Bowl Nebraska
(assistant coach at Arizona)
2010 Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State
(assistant coach at Arizona)
2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State
(assistant coach at Colorado State)

Prominent players coached

  • RB Kapri Bibbs, who signed as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos on May 10, 2014
  • DE Brooks Reed, a second-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Houston Texans), who replaced an injured Mario Williams in the lineup halfway through Reed's rookie season, and has started 39 games in his first three seasons.
  • DE Ricky Elmore, the Pac-10's 2010 leader in sacks and a sixth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Green Bay Packers).
  • DE D'Aundre Reed, Minnesota's seventh-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • PR Mike Thomas, a first-team all-Pac 10 choice and Jacksonville's fourth-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.
  • Kris Dielman, a seven-year starter for the San Diego Chargers.
  • Adewale Ogunleye, a Pro Bowler who played 10 years in the NFL.
  • Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh's second-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, and an All-Pro punt returner.
  • Consensus All-America safety Tony Bouie, a four-year NFL veteran.
  • Brandon Sanders, a two-time all-Pac-10 performer and three-year NFL player.

Playing career: DB at Arizona, 1987-90.

Jeff Hammerschmidt is in his third season at Colorado State as special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Hired by Jim McElwain Feb. 7, 2012, the 2014 season marks his 23rd in coaching.

Both areas overseen by Hammerschmidt excelled for the Rams in 2013, highlighted by the record-setting play of running back Kapri Bibbs, who signed with the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent. The sophomore running back earned second-team Walter Camp All-America and first-team All-Mountain West honors and ranked sixth in the nation in rushing with a CSU-record 1,741 yards. He also broke the school's rushing touchdown record with 31, tying for No. 1 in the nation, and broke the school's single-game records for rushing yards (312) and rushing touchdowns (6).

Hammerschmidt's special teams units saw success across the board. Jared Roberts was the Mountain West's first-team kicker, converting 21 of 24 field-goal attempts and all 58 PATs. He ranked second in the MW and 19th in the nation in field goals per game (1.5). In two years under Hammerschmidt's tutelage Roberts has become the most accurate kicker in CSU history with a career field-goal percentage of 88.2.The Rams' return units were among the best in the conference in 2013, averaging 23.8 yards on kickoff returns (2nd MW, 18th FBS) and 11.4 on punt returns (3rd MW, 28th FBS).

In Hammerschmidt's first year at Colorado State in 2012 punter Pete Kontodiakos earned his third consecutive All-Mountain West award and his first as a first-teamer, while Roberts earned second-team All-MW honors in his first year of play as a sophomore. Kontodiakos as a senior ranked third in the nation in punting with a school-record average of 46.5, and was named Mountain West special teams player of the week for games of Nov. 10. Roberts also earned a Mountain West player of the week honor en route to a 56-point season on 9-of-10 field-goal accuracy and 29-of-31 on PATs.

Hammerschmidt's running backs also excelled in 2012, with two different players producing a total of five individual 100-yard rushing games (Donnell Alexander--3; Chris Nwoke--2). Those performances came in the last five games of the season, a period in which the Rams as a team averaged 169.6 yards per game after netting an average of 99.7 over the first seven games.

Hammerschmidt came to Colorado State from Arizona, where he'd served as special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach for four seasons (2008-11), helping the Wildcats to the Las Vegas, Holiday and Alamo bowls. A standout defensive back for the Wildcats in his playing days, his players during his second stint at Arizona totaled eight all-conference selections: PK John Bonano in 2011, DE Brooks Reed and DE Ricky Elmore in 2010, Elmore in 2009, PK Jason Bondzio and P Keenyn Crier in 2009, and Reed and PR Mike Thomas in 2008.

Two of his defensive ends, Reed and Elmore, were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft. Elmore led the Pac-10 with 11 sacks in 2010, while Reed compiled 8½ to help the Wildcats finish third in the league. Hammerschmidt also coached the Pac-12's leading punter in 2011, Kyle Dugandzic.

Hammerschmidt had returned to Arizona after a trio of one-year stops at San Jose State (linebackers in 2007), Stanford (special teams/outside LBs in 2006) and Cal Poly (linebackers in 2005). At SJSU he coached first-team all-WAC selection Matt Castelo.

The San Diego-area product caught the attention of many observers during a two-year term (2003-04) at Montana, where he guided the Grizzlies to a berth in the 2004 Division I-AA national championship on the strength of 38 takeaways, tied for second in the country. The year before, Montana owned the nation's fifth-best rushing defense.

Hammerschmidt made the jump to Montana after three seasons (2000-03) as defensive coordinator at St. Mary's, which disbanded football in 2003.

Prior to that, he served two seasons (1998-99) in the Big Ten as Cam Cameron's special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Indiana. With the Hoosiers, he coached three future NFL starters: Adewale Ogunleye, Kris Dielman and on special teams Antwaan Randle El.

Hammerschmidt had left his alma mater to become a first-time coordinator, taking the defensive reins at Southern Utah from 1996-97, while also coaching the Thunderbirds' defensive line and linebackers.

Recruited to play at Arizona by Tomey in the mid-1980s, Hammerschmidt launched his coaching career under his mentor at Arizona as a graduate assistant in 1992. Promoted to safeties coach the following season, he helped the Desert Swarm defense vault to No. 9 in the final 1993 rankings after a 29-0 Fiesta Bowl triumph over Miami (Fla.). Hammerschmidt coached the team's entire secondary from 1994-95.

During his first stint as an Arizona coach, his star pupil was consensus All-America safety Tony Bouie. Another safety, Brandon Sanders, was a two-time all-Pac-10 performer.

A four-year letterman, three-year starting safety and first-team all-Pac-10 selection at Arizona, Hammerschmidt was semifinalist for the 1989 Jim Thorpe Award. After beginning his career as an occasional option quarterback in 1987, he garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 1989 after helping the Wildcats to a 6-3 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma. Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, he played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League in 1992 before embarking on his coaching career.

A product of San Diego's Helix High School, which later produced both the No. 1 and No. 2 overall selections in the NFL Draft, he followed in the footsteps of Chuck Cecil in signing with Arizona.

The brother of former Colorado safety and longtime assistant coach Dan Hammerschmidt, Jeff and his wife Felicity have two children, Bryn and Bode. He owns a bachelor's degree in sociology from Arizona ('91).

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