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UTEP fires head coach Dana Dimel after six seasons

Dimel produced one winning season in six years at El Paso, qualifying for the 2021 New Mexico Bowl.

NCAA Football: Boise State at Texas El Paso Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP fired head coach Dana Dimel on Sunday after six seasons at the helm. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Dimel compiled a 20-49 record in his six years in El Paso, finishing with one winning season and one bowl appearance over that timeframe. Dimel arrived as an assistant from Kansas State with previous head coaching stops of Wyoming (1997-99) and Houston (2000-02).

At UTEP, he inherited an 0-12 program and produced 1-11 records in each of his first two seasons coaching the Miners. In 2020, tangible improvement was felt as UTEP finished the abbreviated pandemic season 3-5, although two of the three wins were over FCS programs. The following year, the Miners took the significant leap Dimel envisioned when he accepted the job. UTEP started 6-1 to clinch bowl eligibility by mid-October. The Miners lost five of their last six games to finish the year 7-6, including a close defeat to Fresno State in the 2021 New Mexico Bowl.

That would be Dimel’s first and last bowl appearance with the Miners. UTEP regressed to 5-7 in 2022, squandering a 24-0 lead to UTSA in the regular season finale with bowl eligibility on the line. In 2023, Conference USA experienced significant overhaul and UTEP was one of the five incumbent members to remain in the conference. However, that CUSA experience didn’t show on the field as the Miners finished 3-9 for their worst finish since 2019. Dimel lost his final three games at UTEP, including a 42-28 loss to a ranked Liberty team in Saturday’s season finale.

On the sideline for 69 contests, Dimel coached the fifth most games in UTEP history and finished seventh in wins in the program’s all-time record book.

UTEP has not announced its next head coach at this time.