Dave Warner has a new job.
The former Michigan state assistant coach was named UTEP’s new offensive coordinator on Friday.
Warner spent 13 seasons at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio, including as offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2018, before Dantonio retired in February. Warner did not coach during the 2020 season.
Conference USA member UTEP finished this season 3-5 in Dana Dimel’s third season as head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Canales was fired. Warner previously coached with Dimel in Wyoming and Houston.
“Dave is going to be a great communicator for our offense and our quarters,” Dimel said in a UTEP press release. “He brings a ton of experience to our football program as an offensive coordinator. He has done a tremendous job at Michigan State for so many years and has been a huge help in our training together in previous stops. He will be a great addition to the staff to help move the program to where we want to be. “
Warner played quarterback at Syracuse and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to his alma mater in 1982. He coached Dantonio’s quarterbacks in Cincinnati in 2006 before joining him to the ‘State of Michigan the following season. Warner coached the Spartans quarterbacks from 2007-2012 before spending the next six seasons as offensive coordinator and running backs coach.
Warner called parts for a Michigan state offense that broke program records in 2014, but the group couldn’t maintain that success and fell back in subsequent seasons. After a miserable offensive performance in 2018, Dantonio restructured his offensive squad and replaced co-coordinators Warner and Jim Bollman with Brad Salem. The Spartans struggled again in 2019 and Dantonio retired after 13 seasons at the helm of the program.
Mel Tucker was hired to replace Dantonio and kept two of his 10 assistants on the field with Ron Burton defensive line coach and former defensive coordinator Mike Tressel safety coach.
Warner is the sixth of Dantonio’s assistants in the 2019 season to land at another school, after Brad Salem (consultant in Memphis), Paul Haynes (cornerback coach in Minnesota), Terrence Samuel (receivers coach and pass coordinator at UNLV), Mark Staten (tackles and tight ends coach at Toledo) and Don Treadwell (offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).
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