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Mark Tommerdahl, an assistant football coach at Minnesota the

April 17, 1997

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Mark Tommerdahl, an assistant football coach at Minnesota the past two seasons, is taking a similar job at New Mexico, it was announced Thursday.

Tommerdahl, 36, will be the tight ends coach and will take over New Mexico’s special teams. At Minnesota, Tommerdahl was the Gophers’ recruiting coordinator and special teams coach.

Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Tommerdahl was on the Wyoming staff for 11 seasons. He was the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in 1990 and the offensive backfield coach from 1991-94.

While Tommerdahl was at Wyoming, the Cowboys won the Western Athletic Conference title in 1987 and 1988 and went to four bowl games.

``Mark brings a lot of expertise to our program, especially in the area of special teams and tight ends,″ New Mexico coach Dennis Franchione said. ``He helped make Wyoming a consistent winner in our league and he has a reputation as a fine recruiter.″

Tommerdahl fills a vacancy on Franchione’s staff created by the resignation of Chuck Moller, who accepted a position with Stanford last month.

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