Dan Werner
Dan Werner

Position:
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan, 1983


08/03/2014

Preseason Report 08.03: Coordinators Pleased with Progress from Units

Numerous Players Standing Out Early in Practice

11/03/2012

GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Ole Miss At No. 6 Georgia

Rebels Travel To Athens To Take On SEC East Leaders

10/31/2012

Dan Werner Nominated For Courage Award

Rebels' Offensive Coordinator Raises Two Children After Wife's Death

08/10/2012

Preseason Report 08.10: Rebels Prepare For First Scrimmage

Junior Quarterback Barry Brunetti Has His `Best Day Of Fall Camp'

07/19/2012

Ole Miss Takes Turn At SEC Media Days

Freeze Top Trending Topic On Twitter At One Point

Dan Werner, a highly successful veteran offensive mind, is in his third season as head coach Hugh Freeze's co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach after being hired on Jan. 13, 2012.

This marks Werner's second term at Ole Miss, having worked alongside Freeze on the Rebels' offensive staff in 2006 and 2007.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace continued to excel in 2013 under the leadership and guidance of Werner, who was a nominee for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. Wallace finished third in the SEC and 26th nationally with 257.4 yards per game passing, and was also third in the SEC and 26th nationally in total offense with 284.7 yards per game. For his career, Wallace ranks in the top four in Ole Miss history in passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes.

As a unit, the Ole Miss offense again scored more than 30 points per game. Ole Miss broke school records for total offense (473.3 ypg), pass completions (310) and pass attempts (490). The Rebels ranked third in the SEC in passing offense (283.3 ypg) and fifth in total offense, while finishing top 25 in the NCAA in both categories.

In 2012, Werner helped turn around a Rebel offense that ranked at or near the bottom of the SEC in every statistical category in 2011 to rank top five in the SEC and top 50 in the nation in scoring, total offense and passing.

Wallace shined in his first year under Werner's tutelage. The 2012 Conerly Trophy winner ranked fifth in the SEC and 45th in the NCAA in total offense (260.3 ypg), fourth in the SEC in points responsible for (14.3/game) and fifth in passing (230.3 ypg).

In his first stint in Oxford, Werner's offense fueled BenJarvus Green-Ellis to a record-breaking two-year run. The future NFL running back became only the second player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard single-season mark twice, and he ended his tenure No. 5 on the Rebels' career rushing list.

As quarterbacks coach, Werner developed Seth Adams from a walk-on to the SEC's seventh-ranked passer with 1,979 yards in 2007. That season also saw future NFL receivers Mike Wallace and Shay Hodge each haul in six TD passes, while Dexter McCluster and Marshay Green were key offensive weapons.

Werner boasts three decades of coaching experience, including a total of eight years in two terms at the University of Miami when he tutored outstanding quarterbacks and directed some of the best offenses in college football.

Werner helped Miami to eight bowls, four national championship games and three national titles during his combined tenure. He also played an integral part in the development of several of the Hurricanes' greatest QBs, including 2001 Maxwell Award winner Ken Dorsey, 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta and Heisman candidates Steve Walsh and Craig Erickson.

The Miami passing game flourished under Werner's guidance. In 2001 and 2002, Dorsey posted totals impressive enough to place high in voting for the Heisman Trophy both years. In 2004, he tutored Brock Berlin to a resurgence, as Berlin moved into the Miami record book with single-season rankings of ninth in passing yards, seventh in touchdown passes and 10th in total offense.

Over his last five seasons (2001-05) at Miami, Hurricanes quarterbacks threw for more than 14,500 yards and 114 touchdowns under Werner, giving balance to an offensive philosophy predicated on equality between the run and the pass. The 2005 Canes finished 9-3 and ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring offense (27.1) and pass efficiency (133.6).

Werner's second stint in Coral Gables was preceded by a spectacular 2000 season as offensive coordinator at Murray State. He built the Racers offense into one of the most potent on the FCS level, as the team ranked 11th nationally in total offense (452 yards per game) and 13th nationally in passing yardage (276 yards per game).

Prior to his lone season at Murray State, Werner was an offensive consultant to Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville during the 1999 season. Before the job at Auburn, Werner was an assistant coach at James Madison University for four seasons from 1995-98. He began his tenure at JMU as assistant head coach/quarterback coach/passing game coordinator in 1995. In 1997 he was promoted to offensive coordinator/assistant head coach. From 1991-94 Werner coached at Louisiana Tech, where he was an assistant coach in charge of running backs and inside receivers. In 1993 he was promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterback coach.

Werner joined the coaching staff at UNLV in the spring of 1990. At UNLV, he was an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks. In the fall of 1990, Werner left the college game for one season to serve as offensive line coach at Miami's Southridge High School.

As a graduate assistant at Miami during the 1987-88 seasons, Werner worked with UM quarterbacks Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson and Gino Torretta during an era in which the Hurricanes went 23-1 and won the 1987 national championship. In 1989, he was a volunteer assistant coach working with the wide receivers on another Miami national championship team.

Werner began his college coaching career in 1986 as an assistant at Cornell University. Prior to that, Werner coached five seasons on the high school level.

Werner graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1983. He attended Parkway Central High School.

He has two children, Maya and Ian.

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