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Tom Herman
Position: Passing Game Coordinator
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: (515) 294-8059
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Release: 01/03/2009
  Mic'd Up With Tom Herman


Cyclone Audible: Tom Herman

The statistics and accomplishments speak for themselves. Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud ended his career as the Cyclones No. 2 all-time leading passer with 6,777 yards and 42 touchdown passes. His 8,044 yards of total offense is the second-best total in school history. Running back Alexander Robinson finished his Iowa State career as the Cyclones’ fourth all-time leading rusher with 3,309 yards. Such are the fruits of the Iowa State spread offense employed by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman in the first two years of the Paul Rhoads era.


The improvement continued last season as Iowa State upped its scoring average. The Cyclone offense put up big numbers in 2010. Iowa State’s 52 points in a win over Texas Tech marked the most points put up by the Cyclones against a conference opponent in 38 years. Herman’s offense spreads the wealth. Eleven Iowa Staters caught passes last season.

Iowa State installed Herman’s spread attack for the 2009 campaign, its first under head coach Paul Rhoads. Herman, the architect of one of the nation’s most prolific offenses at Rice in 2008, brought new life to ISU’s offense as its coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It was a successful transition as Iowa State was effective on the ground and through the air in Herman’s first Cyclone season.

Iowa State was one of the best Big 12 rushing offenses in 2009, as Alexander Robinson became the Cyclones’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005. Arnaud threw for 2,015 yards on 14 touchdowns.  Both Robinson and Arnaud achieved their marks despite missing parts of several games due to injury. Without those starters, Jerome Tiller led Iowa State to a memorable win at Nebraska as the Cyclones posted a winning record and an Insight Bowl victory.

Herman was tabbed in January 2009 by Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads to serve as ISU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Herman’s track record speaks for itself.

In two seasons with the Owls, Herman’s offenses re-wrote the school record book (nearly 50 records were broken) and helped Rice win 10 games in 2008, including the school’s first bowl game since 1954.

As a team, the Owls ranked in the Top 10 nationally in 2008 for passing offense (5th at 327.8), scoring offense (tied for 8th at 41.6) and total offense (10th at 472.3). Rice was seventh nationally in first downs (309) and 12th in third-down conversion percentage (49.4%). Herman-led offenses broke Rice school records for points and touchdowns in a season both years he was on the Owl staff.

Rice’s spread attack completed nearly two-thirds (65.6%) of its passes and its TD-to-interception ratio of 48-to-7 was an NCAA FBS best. The quick-strike Owls had 30 scoring drives of five plays or less in 2008 and 31 scoring marches of less than two minutes.

Two of Herman’s receivers registered more then 1,300 yards receiving in 2008. Quarterback Chase Clement and receiver Jarrett Dillard connected for an NCAA-record 51 touchdowns over their career, breaking the previous mark by 12. Tight end James Casey was the NCAA’s second-leading receiver with 111 catches in 2008.

Prior to Rice, Herman directed offensive attacks for two years (2005-06) at Texas State, where Bobcat squads led the Southland Conference in total offense. The 2005 Texas State club was eighth nationally in scoring and made a deep run in the school’s first-ever appearance in the Division 1-AA playoffs. Herman also worked four years as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State, helping them to a pair of conference titles.

Herman received Big 12 experience at Texas (1999-2000) serving as a graduate assistant with the offensive line on the Longhorns’ Cotton and Holiday Bowl teams.
Herman earned his B.S. degree in business administration from California Lutheran in 1997, where he graduated cum laude and was a Presidential Scholarship recipient. As a player, he earned all-conference honors as a wide receiver. Herman, also owns a Masters of Education degree from Texas.

Herman and his wife, Michelle have a daughter, Priya and a son, Maddock.

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