Danny Langsdorf
Position: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Hometown: McMinnville, Ore.
High School: McMinnville
Alma Mater: Linfield College
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 10 Years
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Danny Langsdorf Biography
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/12/2013

Beavers' Offense Ranked as the Nation's Most Diversified --

Danny Langsdorf is in his ninth season at Oregon State University in his current capacity as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. This is his 11th year overall in the program, serving two years as a graduate assistant coach for Mike Riley during the 1997 and ’98 seasons. 

The 41-year-old Langsdorf arrived at OSU for his second tenure after spending three years with the New Orleans Saints and during the 2002 season coached with Riley. Langsdorf spent the last two years as assistant wide receivers/special teams coach for the Saints and in 2002 he was the offensive assistant/quality control coach.

Langsdorf’s offenses have produced gaudy numbers with eight of the top 12 OSU season performances in total offense coming under his guidance. According to, OSU had the most diversified offense in the nation in the decade of the 2000s; Langsdorf played a big part in that impressive statistic.

The 2012 team equaled the biggest turnaround in the nation from the previous year, finishing 9-4. In the process OSU posted its second-most yards in school history with 5,610. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton set the school record for career receptions with 227 and tied the single season record with 91. Wheaton earned Pac-12 First Team and All-America honors, while his receiving teammate Brandin Cooks earned honorable mention. Offensive linemen Isaac Seumalo and Grant Enger also found a spots on the honorable mention squad.

The 2011 season featured freshman-redshirt quarterback Sean Mannion having one of the best years in school history as he earned All-America honors after passing for 3,328 yards, the third most in OSU history, the fourth-most for the season in the Pac-12 Conference and the most in the NCAA by a freshman for the season. The Beavers’ passing offense ranked 19th in the country overall and for the second straight season with a first-year starting quarterback.

In 2010 Langsdorf guided quarterback Ryan Katz through a season that featured OSU playing the most difficult schedule in the nation. Katz finished eighth in the conference for total offense (201.2 yds). Langsdorf also led one of the nation’s premier running backs Jacquizz Rodgers to his third 1,000-yard season and to Pac-10 Conference First Team honors.

The 2009 Beavers played the season finale with the Rose Bowl invitation on the line and ended playing in their fourth consecutive bowl game. Three offensive players landed on the Pac-10 First Team squad, including the first OSU quarterback ever with the accomplishment – Sean Canfield. The brother duo of James and Jacquizz Rodgers also earned Pac-10 First Team honors. OSU led the league for passing offense (270.8 yards p/g), pass efficiency (141.5) and first downs (278), and was in the top three for scoring offense (31.5) and total offense (410.6 pg). The team also led the nation for red zone efficiency at 96 percent.

In 2008 the team finished second in the Pac-10 for pass offense (249 yds p/g), third for total offense (407.1 p/g) and in the top half overall for pass efficiency and scoring. Individually, the unit featured Pac-10 Offensive MVP Jacquizz Rodgers, the first freshman to ever earn the honor, as well as All-American tackle Andy Levitre. A total of six Beavers on offense earned Pac-10 honors, including three on the first team. The Beavers also won yet another bowl game, capturing the Sun Bowl over Pittsburgh.   

The 2007 offense overcame a rash of injuries to finish third in the conference for the second consecutive year with a 6-3 mark. The Beavers once again won their bowl game, defeating Maryland in the Emerald Bowl. Tailback Yvenson Bernard finished his illustrious career sixth in the Pac-10 and second all-time at OSU for career rushing yards with 3,862. Bernard and linemen Roy Schuening and Andy Levitre earned Pac-10 All-Conference accolades. Following the season, Langsdorf coached in the Hula Bowl with head coach Mike Riley, defensive coordinator Mark Banker and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

In 2006 the Beaver offense enjoyed a balanced attack led by senior quarterback Matt Moore and an experienced returning cast. Bernard and guard Jeremy Perry earned Pac-10 First Team honors, and another seven Beavers earned second team and honorable mention acclaim.  Overall the offense finished in the top half of the conference for scoring, passing, pass efficiency, first downs, red zone offense and time of possession. The team also scored 30-plus points in eight games, including six of the final seven. 

In his first year as offensive coordinator in 2005, Oregon State broke the school record for total offense for an 11-game season with 4,609 yards, which included an 11-game record for passing with 3,261 yards. Five offensive players in ’05 earned postseason honors, including wide receiver Mike Hass who was the Biletnikoff Award recipient and a first team All-American.

Prior to his stint with the Saints, he was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Langsdorf was the Eskimos’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2000-2001 after serving as the wide receivers coach in 1999. His guidance helped Edmonton lead the CFL for total yards in 2001 with 6,606.

Langsdorf began his professional career as a player/coach with the Deggendorf Blackhawks of Germany. His college coaching career started in 1996 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.  

During Lansgsdorf’s first two years at Oregon State he worked with the offense, particularly focusing on the tight ends. He was part of the coaching team that transformed the offense from the wishbone to a multiple set. 

The native of McMinnville, Ore., was a standout college football student-athlete playing quarterback. He was a member of the Boise State University football team from 1991-93, lettering one season and earning Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors as a sophomore. He transferred to Linfield College in McMinnville after the ’93 season and became the Wildcats’ starting quarterback for 1994 and ’95.  He played for his father (Ed) at Linfield and was selected to the All-Northwest Conference Team as a junior after passing for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns. He set a then-school record with 493 passing yards against Southern Oregon on Nov. 12, 1994. He was injured much of his senior season, but concluded his two-year career with 2,724 yards, completing 195 of 356 pass attempts.

Ed Langsdorf is a scout with the San Diego Chargers after spending 20 years as a coach at Linfield. 

Danny is married to the former Michele Bertrand, a softball standout at Linfield who still appears in the school record books for her pitching prowess. The couple has two sons, Dawsen and Carter. Danny graduated from Linfield in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

He donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh’s wife, in May of 2007. 

Assignment: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Recruiting Area: Washington, Idaho, Montana, San Diego
Year at OSU: 11th
Age: 41
Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon
Education: 1995 Bachelor’s in Exercise and Science from Linfield College, 1991 McMinnville High School
Wife: Michele 
Children: Dawsen and Carter
Oregon State – 2004-present; New Orleans Saints, 2002-2004; Edmonton (CFL), 1999-2001; Oregon State, 1997-98; California Lutheran, 1996
Total Offense (5,610 yards) – second most in OSU history
Passing Offense (307.1 yds p/g) – 20th in NCAA/2nd in Pac-12
Markus Wheaton (WR) – broke OSU record for career receptions (227) and tied single season record (91)
Pac-12 First Team and All-AmericanBrandin Cooks (WR) – Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Isaac Seumalo (C) – Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Grant Enger (OG) – Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Sean Mannion – Freshman All-America; 3,328 passing yards (3rd in OSU history)
Passing Offense (286.8) – 19th in NCAA
Grant Johnson (C) – Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Ryan Katz -- 393 yards passing at #9 Arizona (10th best OSU mark)
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB) -- Pac-10 First Team
Alex Linnekohl (C) – Pac-10 2nd Team/Shrine Game
Two Pac-10 Honorable Mention selections
Passing Offense (270.8) & Passing Efficiency (141.5) – both first in the Pac-10
RedZone efficiency (96%) – 1st in nation
Sean Canfield, James and Jacquizz Rodgers Pac-12 First Team
Passing Offense (249.0) – 2nd in Pac-10
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB) – Pac-10 Off. MVP/All-American
Andy Levitre (OT) –Pac-10 1st Team/All-American/2nd round Draft pick of Buffalo
Sammie Stroughter (WR) –Pac-10 1st Team/7th round pick of Tampa Bay
Sun Bowl champions
Rushing Offense (174.9) – 4th in Pac-10
Yvenson Bernard (RB) – Pac-10 Second Team
Roy Schuening (OG/T) – Pac-10 First Team/5th round Draft pickoff St. Louis
Andy Levitre (OT) – Pac-10 Second Team
Emerald Bowl champion
Passing Offense (242.4) – 4th in Pac-10Scoring Offense (27.8) – 4th in Pac-10
Yvenson Bernard (RB) – Pac-10 First Team
Sammie Stroughter (WR/PR) – Pac-10 Second Team/All-American
Jeremy Perry (LG) – Pac-10 First Team
Six Pac-10 Honorable Mention Selections
Sun Bowl champions
Passing Offense (296.5) – 4th in Pac-10/10th in NCAA
11-game school record for passing with 3,261 yards
11-game school record for total offense with 4,609 yards
Mike Hass (WR) – Biletnikoff Award recipient/1st Team All-American/6th round Draft pick New Orleans
Yvenson Bernard (RB) – 9th in the NCAA for rushing (120.1)
Jeremy Perry (OG) – Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year/Freshman All-American
Two Pac-10 Honorable Mention selections