NEW BEGINNINGS – COACH DIMEL
UTEP Athletics has had some tremendous changes in the past few months. From Coach Kugler and Coach Tim Floyd stepping down to a new athletic director, there has been so many changes. One very important change was the hiring of a new head football coach that couldn’t have been possible without new Athletic director Jim Senter.
Dana Dimel was named the 26th head coach in UTEP football history by University President Diana Natalicio and Director of Athletics Jim Senter. Coach Dimel brings a lot of experience coming from a big 5 conference that El Paso really needs.
Dimel, 55, was previously the head coach at the University of Wyoming and the University of Houston. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator, running backs coach and tight ends coach at his alma mater, Kansas State University, where he has worked since 2009. He also spent three seasons on the staff at the University of Arizona.
The recruiting for this new Miner squad will be exciting and there is a lot of optimism in the sun city. Dimel this week has a new quarterback signed by the name of Kai Locksley. Junior college quarterback Kai Locksley, a former Texas Longhorn who won the NJCAA offensive player of the year award at Iowa Wesleyan this past season. Locksley, rated the No. 4 dual-threat junior college quarterback by 247sports, passed for 2,238 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 20 touchdowns and 705 yards this past season for 11-1 Iowa Wesleyan.
There is lots of excitement this offseason for the Miners and El Paso. Let’s see what a new athletic director and a new head football coach can do for UTEP. UTEP has always been a sleeping giant and the only direction from here is up.