Jan. 5, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio -- In his first move toward assembling his coaching staff, newly-appointed Miami University head football coach Shane Montgomery announced that the program is retaining strength and conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple, wide receivers coach Brian Von Bergen and safeties coach Tim Cooper.
The retention of the three coaches provides stability for a staff that lost head coach Terry Hoeppner and five assistant coaches to Indiana University in late December. According to Montgomery, while he will not rush the completion of his coaching staff or the assigning of titles within that staff, a strong base has been put in place.
"With Dan Dalrymple, Brian Von Bergen and Tim Cooper, we have been able to retain three excellent coaches and individuals who have played major roles in the development of this program," Montgomery said. "I look forward to continuing my relationships with the three and am excited to have retained their skills. The remainder of the hiring process will not be rushed, as I intend to conduct a diligent search for assistants who are good fits with our current personnel and the philosophy of Miami University."
A standout performer as an offensive lineman for the Red and White during the mid `80s, Dalrymple has been an integral part of Miami's football coaching staff for the past 16 years. After twice earning first-team all-MAC accolades and helping Miami to a Mid-American Conference Championship as a player in 1986, Dalrymple served as a student assistant and graduate assistant before earning a position as the program's offensive line coach and strength coach in 1989. Following that season, Dalrymple was placed exclusively in charge of Miami's strength and conditioning program for all varsity sports. Under his tutelage, 14 Miami football players have been named NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-Americans since 1993. A four-time MAC Strength Coach of the Year and National Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year finalist, Dalrymple was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and promoted to assistant athletic director last year.
Von Bergen who came to Miami as part of Terry Hoeppner's original coaching staff in 1999, is coming off his sixth year as Miami's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, Von Bergen has worked with five of the 10 most productive receivers in program history, including each of the top three. Michael Larkin, who just finished his senior season at Miami, set program career records with 200 receptions, 2,772 yards and 32 receiving touchdowns, while establishing an NCAA record with at least one reception in 50 straight games. Next season, Von Bergen returns Martin Nance, who set a Miami record with 1,498 receiving yards in 2003 and presently ranks third all-time at Miami in career receiving yards, as well as Ryne Robinson, who ranks just outside of Miami's career top 10 with 1,400 career receiving yards in just two seasons. Von Bergen is a 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois, who came to Miami after serving two years as the Director of Football Operations at Northwestern University. He was a graduate assistant at Miami from 1993-95.
A native of Oxford, Ohio, Cooper joined the program as a graduate assistant during the program's magical 2003 campaign and joined the full-time coaching staff as the safeties coach prior to the 2004 season. A 1997 graduate of DePauw University, where he was a starting linebacker and team captain under Miami Cradle of Coaches member Nick Mourouzis, Cooper served his alma mater for two seasons as a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator before spending one year each at Rhode Island and Connecticut, as a restricted earnings coach and graduate assistant, respectively. Prior to joining Miami's program as a graduate assistant in 2003, Cooper spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis. This past season, Cooper served as a guiding force in a Miami safety corps that included senior Matt Pusateri, who broke the program's career record for solo tackles, and featured three different starters at free safety due to injuries.