Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer Hires Tom Herman as Offensive Coordinator

Luke PashkeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2011

According to reports, Urban Meyer has hired Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator at Iowa State, as his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Earlier it was reported that Herman was hired as the quarterbacks coach, but Gene Smith confirmed that Herman would also hold the title of offensive coordinator at OSU.

Herman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Simi Valley, California. Before coaching at Iowa State, Herman was the offensive coordinator at Rice, where they averaged a whopping 41.6 points per game. The 35-year-old coach favors the spread attack, which is the offense that Meyer prefers as well.

Meyer was quoted as saying, "Tom Herman has one of the great young minds in college football." Meyer confirmed that their offensive philosophies are very similar, which was obviously vital to his offensive coaching staff search. Herman will be replacing Jim Bollman as offensive coordinator and Nick Silianco as quarterbacks coach. He has an excellent track record for developing young quarterbacks and preparing them to play at a high level.

Although Herman is not a flashy hire, he has proven himself as an up-and-coming young coach who Meyer is excited to work with. Keep in mind that Meyer plans on being heavily involved in the play calling, so Herman won't be working alone.