A former standout in southern California is coming to northern Nevada.
Nevada head coach Brian Polian has named former USC Trojans offensive lineman Jonathan Himebauch as the Wolf Pack’s offensive line coach, the school announced Wednesday. A former team captain and Rose Bowl champion at USC, Himebauch comes to Reno after spending the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League. The 40-year-old also coached in college at Wake Forest, San Diego State and UNLV.
“I am very excited about the addition of Jonathan Himebauch to our staff,” Polian said. “Jonathan brings great experience as a former player at USC, and as a successful coach at the prep, college and professional levels. I think he is going to be an effective teacher and an asset as a recruiter in southern California.”
Himebauch was the offensive line coach and assistant head coach with the Toronto Argonauts during the 2015 season. The Argonauts were 10-8 and advanced to the East Division semifinal. Himebauch was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2014. He won two Grey Cup championships with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL, serving as their offensive line coach from 2009-11. The Alouettes won the Grey Cup in 2009 after leading the league in scoring before repeating as champions in 2010 after leading the CFL with 403 yards per game.
Himebauch’s most recent college coaching experience was with Wake Forest as the Demon Deacon’s offensive line coach from 2012-13. While at San Diego State (2008-08) he coached five All-Mountain West lineman and helped develop Brandyn Dombrowski, who played five seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Lance Louis, who currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. In 2005 he was the head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, Calif., which followed a season at UNLV (2004) and his first season in the CFL with Calgary in 2003. He also coached at Santa Barbara City College in 2002.
Himebauch played college football at the University of Southern California from 1993-97, mainly for head coach John Robinson, and was a two-year starting center with the Trojans. He led USC to a pair of Pac-10 titles, the 1993 Freedom Bowl and victories in the 1995 Cotton Bowl and 1996 Rose Bowl. Himebauch was a co-captain as a senior and finished with 23 career starts. He also received the team’s Howard Jones Alumni Award for boasting the team’s highest cumulative GPA and the Bob Chandler Award for leadership and integrity.
Upon graduation, Himebauch went on to play professionally in the NFL, NFL Europe, CFL and XFL. Himebauch earned training camp appearances with the Arizona Cardinals in 1998 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999. Himebauch played one season in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, advancing to the Eastern semifinals in 1999. He also played in the inaugural XFL season in 2001 with the Los Angeles Xtreme. Himebauch played two seasons for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe, earning all-league honors in 1999 and helping take the team to the World Bowl in 2002 before retiring.
Himebauch, who was born in Greenwich, Conn., received a bachelor’s degree in English from USC in 1998 before earning a masters degree in education from UNLV in 2002.