With his long-time boss, Sonny Dykes, out of a job, Mark Tommerdahl found himself in a similar predicament. Monday, however, the coach was once again gainfully employed.
The coach with more than three decades of experience in the profession, Utah State confirmed in a press release, has been hired by Matt Wells to serve as the Aggies’ special teams coordinator. Tommerdahl had spent the past four seasons in the same job at Cal.
“We are very excited to welcome Mark and Annette to the Aggie football family,” said Wells in a statement. “Mark brings a tremendous amount of veteran coaching experience with his knowledge of both special teams and offenses, and he will be a valuable part of our staff moving forward.”
All told, Tommerdahl has spent 22 of his 33 seasons as a special teams coordinator. In addition to his time with Dykes at Berkeley, he was also the coordinator for the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12 after being retained following the 2009 season.
Additionally, he’s been a coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe (2008), Texas A&M (2003-07), Alabama (2001-02), TCU (1998-2000), New Mexico (1997) and Minnesota (1995-96).
“I have a lot of respect for what Matt Wells stands for and I have a high level of comfort with this offensive staff, having worked with both Steve Farmer and Luke Wells in the past, in addition to coaching against David Yost for over 15 years,” said Tommerdahl. “I also have a lot of respect for the special teams foundation that has been laid here at Utah State by both Stacy Collins and Dave Ungerer, and I look forward to building on that foundation.”