Dan Werner
Dan Werner

Position:
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan, 1983


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

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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

03/22/2012

Hugh Freeze Pre-Spring Press Conference 03.22

Rebels Open Spring Drills Tomorrow

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

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

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.

Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace excelled in his first year under the tutelage of Werner. Wallace, 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). Wallace joined Eli Manning as just the second player in program history to eclipse 3,000 total yards of offense in a season, finishing the year with 3,384. Wallace's favorite target, sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief, racked up 979 receiving yards and a school record-tying 10 touchdowns.

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 29 years 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 Torreta 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 going to Cornell, Werner coached five seasons on the high school level.

He began his coaching career as a college student, offering his services to local schools around Western Michigan University: Dowagiac Junior High, Portage Central High School and Kalamazoo Christian High School. His first full-time job came in 1983 at Tarpon Springs High School as the junior varsity defensive coordinator. In 1984-85, Werner was the offensive coordinator at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla.

Between his Ole Miss terms, Werner returned to the high school ranks for three years. Following the passing of his wife Kim in February 2009, Werner chose to keep his two young children, Maya and Ian, close to their Oxford home. Thus, he left the offensive coordinator post at Northwestern State after just one month to accept the head coaching position at North Delta in nearby Batesville. From 2009-11, he led the Green Wave to back-to-back district championships with a 27-7 record, including an 11-1 district mark.

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

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