In 1997, (new KSU running backs coach Dana) Dimel became the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I when he was named head coach at the University of Wyoming at the age of 35.Yeah, they kind of left out the part where "one of the nation's most successful young head coaches" posted an 8-26 record at Houston, including the first 0-win season in program history, before being sacked with two years left on his contract.
Dimel spent three years at Wyoming, guiding the Cowboys to an impressive 23-12 overall record, and left Laramie as one of only 10 head coaches at the time to win no fewer than seven games in every year as a head coach.
Considered one of the nation's most successful young head coaches at the time, Dimel led the Cowboys to eight-win seasons in both 1998 and 1999 before being named head coach at the University of Houston, where he guided the Cougars' football program from 2000-2002.
To be fair: I liked Dana Dimel as a person. And, to his credit, he did try to repair the local recruiting pipelines that were left to rust by previous coach Kim Helton. But Dimel just didn't have what it took to be a successful head coach at UH. I wish him luck, but I'm happy that the University of Houston program has moved on.