When Dana Dimel has hired as UTEP’s next head football coach, a lot of people had to look him up. Turns out, he has a pretty impressive resume and it ties in to Super Bowl 52.
Dimel coached Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the University of Arizona.
In case you were wondering, Dimel says ‘Gronk’ has always had personality.
“The thing you don’t realize about Robby is he’s shy. It took him a while to get used to being in front of cameras,” said Dimel. “The thing people don’t understand besides that is he’s just a great, great guy.”
Dimel coached Gronkowski from 2007-2009 at Arizona. He remains close with the entire Gronkowski family.
“Papa ‘Gronk’ and I are really good friends,” said Dimel. “Robby took us to the Super Bowl when they played Seattle and we got to ride in the ‘Gronk’ party bus to the Super Bowl.”
As for Foles, his football career has been full of ups and downs. From the outside looking in, it seems like he has always played second fiddle. It started like this in high school for the former Wildcat.
“We had recruited Nick and through the recruiting process, we ended up offering another quarterback ahead of Nick,” said Dimel. “Nick chose to go to Michigan State. After he went to Michigan State, he wasn’t happy; we recruited him back to Arizona to play for us.”
That trend has continued in Foles’ NFL career with the Eagles, as well as the Chiefs and Rams. He starred in 2013 for Philadelphia, but has been relatively forgotten the last five years. Now, he is on football’s biggest stage.
“I feel so good for him and his family. I’ve always been a big fan of his and no surprises because I knew he was going to be a good player,” said Dimel.
Dimel says his wife, Julie, will be rooting for the Patriots with the Gronkowski family on Sunday. However, he will remain neutral.
“I’m going to root for both of those guys to do real well.”
Super Bowl 52 will kickoff at 4:30pm on Sunday and will air on KTSM – News Channel 9.