|Hand's Coaching Career|
|1991-93||West Virginia Wesleyan|
A key coaching component in some of the most explosive offenses in NCAA history, Herb Hand reunited with Gus Malzahn prior to the 2016 season as Auburn's offensive line coach.
Auburn led the SEC and was sixth nationally in rushing in 2016, with three offensive linemen – Braden Smith, Alex Kozan and Robert Leff – earning all-SEC recognition. The offensive line was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, and Hand was a finalists for Football Scoop's offensive line coach of the year award.
Hand came to Auburn after two seasons at Penn State as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. In 2014, Hand's young offensive line steadily improved and produced second-round NFL Draft pick Donovan Smith (Tampa Bay). In 2015, the unit blocked for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Saquon Barkley as he set Penn State's freshman rushing record with 1,076 yards.
Hand coached the offensive line at Vanderbilt from 2010-13, 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 earn all-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013 and Johnson earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week a VU record four times before being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. 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.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Hand worked three years at Tulsa, serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and line coach. Hand helped guide Tulsa to consecutive GMAC Bowl appearances behind one of the NCAA's most explosive spread offenses.
As Tulsa's co-offensive coordinator along with Gus Malzahn, Hand coached an offensive line that paved the way for the nation's top ranked offense in 2007 and 2008. He was a finalist for national offensive line coach of the year in 2008.
Hand spent six successful years at West Virginia, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Rich Rodriguez. Hand helped the Mountaineers win three Big East Conference titles and go to five straight bowl games during the span, including a 38-35 victory over SEC champion Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
In 2006, West Virginia finished with an 11-2 record and had an offense that ranked second nationally in rushing, third in scoring, and fourth in total offense.
Prior to WVU, Hand served as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 1999-2000, as the Tigers participated in the 1999 Peach Bowl and 2001 Gator Bowl.
Before that, he served as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Concord College in West Virginia. He also was defensive coordinator at another WVIAC program, Glenville State, where he helped the Pioneers win three WVIAC Championships.
Hand earned his bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College in 1990, where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Continentals, serving as team captain and earning all-NESCAC honors in 1989. He earned a master's degree in business administration in 1993 from West Virginia Wesleyan while serving as a graduate assistant.
A product of Westmoreland, N.Y., Hand and his wife Debbie have three children: Trey and Bailey (both Auburn students) and Cade.