Herb Hand is in his fourth season at the University of Tulsa. Hand joined the Tulsa coaching staff in January 2007 and serves as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
In his collegiate coaching career, Hand has coached 14 all-conference players, four All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans. In his first two years at Tulsa, he coached an offensive line that paved the way for the nation's No. 1-ranked offense both years. The Hurricane totaled 543.9 yards per game in 2007 and averaged 569.8 yards in the 2008 campaign.
Tulsa was also the nation's second-ranked scoring team in 2008 with an average of 47.2 points, while ranking fifth nationally in rushing at 268 yards per game. Tulsa's 2008 offense ranked first among Conference USA schools for rushing, scoring and total offense.
During his tenure, Hand has helped the Hurricane win 26 games, claim two Conference USA West Division titles and two GMAC Bowl victories.
Before coming to Tulsa, Hand spent six seasons as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at West Virginia. He helped the Mountaineers reach five straight Bowl Games and three Big East Conference Champions.
He was a member of the WVU coaching staff that won 11 games in consecutive seasons (2005-06), winning more than 10 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. While at West Virginia, Hand coached in three Gator Bowls, one Continental Tire Bowl and one Sugar Bowl.
In 2006, West Virginia finished with an 11-2 record and was among the nation's top-10 teams for most of the season. He helped lead an offense that ranked second nationally in rushing (303.0 ypg), third in scoring (38.8 ppg) and fourth in total offense (461.3). A year earlier, WVU posted an 11-1 record and was ranked fifth nationally, after winning the Sugar Bowl against Georgia 38-3.
Prior to moving to West Virginia, Hand served as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 1999-2000, as the Tigers participated in the 1999 Peach Bowl and 2000 Gator Bowl. Before that, he was defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Concord College for two seasons (1997-98).
From 1994-96, Hand served as defensive coordinator at Glenville State, where he helped coach the squad to three WVIAC Championships. Previously, Hand was a graduate assistant coach for three seasons (1991-93) at West Virginia Wesleyan where he coached the linebackers.
Hand began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Framingham South (Mass.) High School in 1990, before moving onto the collegiate level.
A 1990 Hamilton College graduate, Hand received his bachelor's degree in history, and a master's degree in 1993 from West Virginia Wesleyan in business administration.
Hand and his wife, Debbie, have three children: sons, Trey and Cade, and daughter Bailey.
THE HAND FILE Alma Mater: Hamilton College `90 Birthdate: January 5, 1968 Hometown: Westmoreland, NY College Coaching Experience: 19 years (1991-2009). Entering his fourth year at Tulsa. Playing Experience: A three-year letterwinner and starter as an offensive tackle at Hamilton College (1986-89). He was an all-conference selection and College Football Preview All-American in 1989.
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