Dana Dimel spent nine seasons at Kansas State, and now that he’s the head coach at UTEP, he’s trying to bring a little bit of Manhattan, Kan., to El Paso.
According to Bruce Feldman at Sports Illustrated, Dimel is filling out his staff with a couple of men that have ties to Kansas State. Mike Cox, the former linebackers coach for the Wildcats, will reportedly be his new defensive coordinator. Jake Waters, Kansas State’s starting quarterback in 2013 and 2014 and a 2017 grad assistant at Iowa State, will reportedly be the inside receivers coach.
Cox was at Kansas State from 2012 to March 2017, when he announced that he was leaving the program. At the time, he expressed a desire to spend more time with his family, according to Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
Waters amassed 5,970 passing yards and 40 touchdowns along with 796 rushing yards during his two years at the helm of Kansas State’s offense. In 2014, he was tenth in the nation in total yards with 3,985. He finished with a 17-9 record as a quarterback.
After graduating, he bounced around the Canadian Football League before taking an assistant position under Matt Campbell at Iowa State. This is his first official coaching job.
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