Warinner came to Minnesota from Ohio State where he had coached since 2012. Warinner helped lead Ohio State to a national championship in 2014 and a Fiesta Bowl title in 2015. He served as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Ohio State in 2016 after previously coaching the Buckeye offensive line from 2012-15. Warinner brings more than 20 years of experience coaching the offensive line to Minnesota.
In 2016, Ohio State averaged 39.4 points per game under Warinner, who spent five seasons in Columbus. He served as co-offensive coordinator his first three seasons and took over as coordinator in 2015. He was an instrumental cog in Ohio State's record-setting offenses that set dozens of school and Big Ten records, including season marks - twice - for points (672 in 2014 after scoring 637 in 2013) and touchdowns (90 in 2014 after 87 in 2013), a Big Ten record for rushing yards (4,321 in 2013) and school records for passing yards (3,707 in 2014) and passing touchdowns (42 in 2014).
Warinner’s offensive lines at Ohio State, which have sent numerous player to the NFL, helped the Buckeyes consistently have one of the most potent rushing attacks in the nation.
Warinner's coaching career includes coordinator positions for three record-setting Kansas Jayhawks teams, including the 2007 unit that averaged 479.8 yards and 42.8 points per game. He also has two seasons as offensive coordinator experience at Army.
Warinner was named the 2014 FootballScoop offensive line coach of the year. He is the first coach to earn offensive line coach of the year honors from FootballScoop twice and he joins a short list of three other coaches -- Mark Helfrich, Kliff Kingsbury and Philip Montgomery -- to be named a FootballScoop positional coach of the year twice. He also won the award in 2012.
Warinner's honors also include being named a 2014 Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter. In 2012, Rivals.com named Warinner one of the Top 20 "hottest assistant coaches" in the nation and prior to going to Ohio State in 2011, he was a finalist for the FootballScoop offensive line coach of the year.
Minnesota will be the ninth school that Warinner has coached at, as he has also spent time at Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
From 2010-11, he coached at Notre Dame and helped the Irish to consecutive bowl games: the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl and the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl. In 2010 Notre Dame had its best per carry rushing average since 2003 (4.0), a figure that improved to 4.8 in 2011.
Warinner's talents as an offensive coordinator were on display from 2007-09 while in his second stint at Kansas. The Jayhawks posted the three best offenses in terms of total yards and passing yards in those years and also had three of the top seven scoring seasons in school history as well.
His 2007 Jayhawks were the nation's second-highest scoring team (42.8 points per game) and set a school record by averaging 479.8 yards per game, two reasons why Kansas went 12-1 that year with a 24-21 FedEx Orange Bowl victory against Virginia Tech.
The 2008 Jayhawks averaged 432.4 yards and 33.4 points per game, respectively, and his final Jayhawk offense averaged 422.4 offensive yards, including a school-record 310.3 passing yards. Warinner was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association's National Assistant Coach of the Year award following the 2009 campaign.
From 2005-06, he coached the offensive line and was the run game coordinator at Illinois. In his second season with the Illini, his rushing attack netted 188.3 yards per game which was the best by an Illinois team since 1973.
He left Air Force and made his first stop at Kansas for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. There he was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
He coached the offensive line at Air Force from 2000-02 and played a large role in why the Falcons led the nation in rushing in 2002 with an average of 307.8 yards per game.
Warinner coached different positions for 13 years at Army, but spent seven of those years leading the offensive line. It was at Army where he first became an offensive coordinator. While Warinner was at Army the Cadets led the nation in rushing three times.
After starting his coaching career in 1984 at Akron (running backs), Warinner was linebackers and secondary coach at Michigan State in 1985-86.
Warinner was a football and baseball letterman at Mount Union from 1979-83. He has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Mount Union (1984) and a master's in sports management from Akron (1985).
Warinner and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children: daughters Madisyn and Merideth, and a son, Edward.
WARINNER AT A GLANCE
2017-present: Minnesota - Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
2016: Ohio State - Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends
2015: Ohio State - Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
2012-14: Ohio State - Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
2011: Notre Dame - Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
2010: Notre Dame - Offensive Line
2009: Kansas - Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2007-08: Kansas - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
2005-06: Illinois - Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
2004: Kansas - Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
2003: Kansas - Offensive Line
2000-02: Air Force - Offensive Line
1998-99: Army - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
1992-97: Army - Offensive Line
1991: Army - Defensive Line
1988-90: Army - Executive Asst. / Recruiting
1987: Army - Centers / Guards
1985-86: Michigan State - Linebackers / Secondary
1984: Akron - Running Backs
Playing Experience: Mount Union (quarterback), 1979-81; (running back), 1982-83
Hometown: Strasburg, Ohio
High School: Franklin High School, 1979
Alma Mater: Mount Union, 1984 (secondary education); Akron, 1985 (sports management)
Wife: Mary Beth
Daughters: Madisyn and Merideth
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