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Herb Hand
Herb  Hand

Westmoreland, N.Y.

Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

Alma Mater:
Hamilton College


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Herb Hand is in his 26th year in coaching and his second at Penn State as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Last year, Hand’s young offensive line improved throughout the season, boosting the Nittany Lions to four games with at least 425 yards of total offense, three 100-yard rushing games in November and numerous school single game and season passing and receiving records. Hand coached the offensive line at Vanderbilt the past four seasons, adding run game coordinator duties in 2013. In 2013, VU's offensive line blocked for 34 rushing touchdowns, including a school-record 14 by running back Jerron Seymour. Hand helped Wesley Johnson earned All-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013 and earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week a VU record four times. The Commodores’ Ryan Seymour was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hand’s 2011-12 offensive lines were instrumental in Zac Stacy breaking the Vanderbilt season and career (3,143 yards) rushing records. During his tenture at Tulsa (2007-09), serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Hand helped the Golden Hurricanes lead the nation in total offense twice. He also has coached at West Virginia (2001-06), Clemson (1999-2000), Concord College (1997-98), Glenville State College (1994-96) and West Virginia Wesleyan (1991-93). From Westmoreland, N.Y., Hand earned his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College; where he played on the offensive line for the Continentals. He earned a master's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan.

The Hand File


Hometown: Westmoreland, N.Y.

Alma Mater:
Hamilton College.
Degrees: Bachelor's, History, Hamilton; Master's, Business Administration, West Virginia Wesleyan.

Family: wife, Debbie; sons, Trey and Cade; daughter, Bailey

Coaching Experience

2014-current - Penn State (run game coordinator/offensive line)

2013 - Vanderbilt (offensive line/run game coordinator)

2010-12 - Vanderbilt (offensive line)

2009 - Tulsa (assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line)
2007-08 - Tulsa (co-offensive coordinator/offensive line)
2001-06 - West Virginia (tight ends/recruiting coordinator)

1999-2000 - Clemson (offensive graduate assistant)

1997-98 - Concord College (defensive coordinator/special teams)

1994-96 - Glenville State College (defensive coordinator)

1991-93 - West Virginia Wesleyan (defensive graduate assistant);
1990 - Framingham South (Mass.) High School (assistant coach)


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