Mark Tommerdahl (TUM-ur-doll), who has 33 years of coaching experience, including 22 years as a special teams coordinator, is in his first season as Utah State’s special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
In all, Tommerdahl has served on coaching staffs of 14 bowl teams at some of the top Division I football programs in the country.
Prior to his appointment at Utah State, Tommerdahl spent four seasons at California, serving as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, while coaching tight ends, fullbacks and receivers.
During the 2016 season at California, Tommerdahl led a kickoff return defense that ranked first in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally (18.02 ypr). He was also part of a staff that helped the Golden Bears rank 10th in the nation in total offense (513.2 ypg).
Additionally, Tommerdahl coached placekicker Matt Anderson in 2016, as the Lou Groza Placekicker Award semifinalist tied a single-game school record with five field goals against UCLA and connected on a school-record-tying 22 field goals in 26 attempts (.846) on the year. He also set a Cal single-season record with his 117 points.
Another player who finished among the best in the country under Tommerdahl’s tutelage was punter Dylan Klumph, who ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 44.8 yards per punt in 2016.
In 2015, Tommerdahl helped the Golden Bears to an 8-5 record, their first eight-win season since 2009, and its first bowl victory since 2008 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which was its first postseason appearance since 2011.
During the 2015 season, Cal’s special teams blocked three punts to rank tied for second nationally, and allowed just six punt returns to rank second nationally to set a school record. The team’s 62 punt return yards allowed tied for the second-lowest in the nation. Offensively, Cal finished the season ranking eighth in the nation in total offense (529.2 ypg).
Tommerdahl’s 2014 special teams units were highlighted by Trevor Davis, who earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors, as he averaged a single-season school-record 32.6 yards per kick return to rank second in the nation. Davis also ranked tied for second in the nation with a pair of kick returns for touchdowns.
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Cal opponents posted the lowest net punting average in the Pac-12 at 34.2 and 35.0 yards per punt, respectively.
Prior to his arrival at Cal, Tommerdahl spent four seasons at Louisiana Tech from 2009-12. With the Bulldogs, he tutored a pair of All-Americans in two-time first-team punter Ryan Allen (2011, ’12) and tight end Dennis Morris (2009).
Following his collegiate career, Allen signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots and has punted in all 64 regular-season games and 10 postseason contests for the Super Bowl XLIX and XI champions.
Under Tommerdahl, Louisiana Tech’s special teams units led the nation in 2012 in net punting with a 43.51 average behind the performance of Allen, who became the first back-to-back and second two-time winner of the Ray Guy Award.
During the 2012 season, Louisiana Tech led the nation in total offense at 577.9 yards per game.
In 2010, Louisiana Tech led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked 10th nationally in punt returns with an average of 13.63 yards per return, while ranking fourth in the conference and 25th nationally in kick returns (23.52 ypg). Much of the Bulldogs’ prowess was due to the play of Phillip Livas, who played his final two seasons for Tommerdahl during a career in which he tied an NCAA record with a combined eight kick and punt return touchdowns, bringing back four of each for scores.
Tommerdahl spent the 2008 season as an assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
For five seasons from 2003-07, Tommerdahl was the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Texas A&M. During his tenure with the Aggies, Tommerdahl helped lead the program to the Cotton Bowl (2004), Holiday Bowl (2006) and Alamo Bowl (2007).
He coached current New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who has been in the NFL since 2008 after ending his Texas A&M career as the program’s all-time leader at the position in receptions and yards receiving. During the 2005 season at Texas A&M, Tommerdahl coached a pair of Freshman All-Americans in Bennett and punter Justin Brantly.
Tommerdahl spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons at Alabama as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, helping the Crimson Tide to the 2001 Independence Bowl and 2002 SEC West Division title when the squad finished 11th in the final AP Top 25 poll.
Tommerdahl also served as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach during stints at TCU (1998-2000), New Mexico (1997) and Minnesota (1995-96).
TCU won a pair of WAC titles in 1999 and 2000 on its way to appearances in the Mobile Bowl each season.
A native of Fergus Falls, Minn., Tommerdahl began his collegiate coaching career in 1984 with a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Wyoming, where he spent 11 seasons serving in numerous capacities, helping the Cowboys to four bowl appearances and three WAC titles during his tenure.
Tommerdahl earned a bachelor’s degree in business and physical education from Concordia College in Minnesota in 1982, and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from Wyoming in 1986. He is married to the former Annette Jondahl, who holds her Ph.D in counseling education with an emphasis in university administration.
Mark Tommerdahl File Coaching History: 2017- Utah State – Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs 2015-16 California – Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 2014 California – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends/Fullbacks 2013 California – Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Receivers 2010-12 Louisiana Tech – Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Receivers 2009 Louisiana Tech – Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Receivers 2008 Louisiana Monroe – Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 2003-07 Texas A&M – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 2001-02 Alabama – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 1998-2000 TCU – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 1997 New Mexico – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 1995-96 Minnesota – Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 1991-94 Wyoming – Backfield 1990 Wyoming – Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends 1987-89 Wyoming – Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 1986 Wyoming – Recruiting Coordinator 1984-85 Wyoming – Graduate Assistant
Bowl Games (14): Cal – Armed Forces, 2015 Louisiana Tech – Poinsettia, 2011 Texas A&M – Cotton, 2004; Holiday, 2006; Alamo, 2007 Alabama – 2001, Independence TCU – Sun, 1998; Mobile Alabama, 1999; Mobile Alabama, 2000 New Mexico – Insight.com, 1997 Wyoming – Holiday, 1987; Holiday, 1988; Copper, 1990; Copper, 1993
Conference Championships (6): Louisiana Tech – WAC: 2011 TCU – WAC: 1999, 2000 Wyoming – WAC: 1987, 1988, 1993
Education: 1982 Concordia College – Business and Physical Education 1986 Wyoming – MBA with an emphasis in Marketing
Family: Wife – Annette
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