Nardo Named Defensive Coordinator; Joe Bob Clements and Tim Duffie Elevated on Staff
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy introduced right now the addition of Bryan Nardo as the brand new defensive coordinator for Cowboy soccer. Additionally, Joe Bob Clements has been elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Tim Duffie has been elevated to Defensive Passing Game Coordinator.
Nardo comes to Stillwater after most lately serving because the defensive coordinator at Gannon University in 2022, the linebackers coach at Youngstown State from 2020-21 and the eight season earlier than that because the defensive coordinator at Emporia State. He holds a 71-35 profession file in 10 years as a defensive coordinator and brings 15 complete years of faculty teaching expertise with him.
“I can not thank Coach Gundy and the remainder of the employees sufficient for his or her openness all through this complete course of and for trusting me with this accountability,” Nardo mentioned. “I’m extraordinarily excited to be a part of the wealthy custom of Oklahoma State soccer. I can not wait to get to work and proceed to construct upon the entire nice issues which were completed right here all through historical past. I spent eight years recruiting the state of Oklahoma, seeing first hand the quantity of delight folks have on this college’s athletic applications. There’s no higher place to give you the option to signify.
“I’m additionally grateful for Coach Erik Raeburn and Lisa Goddard McGuirk for the alternatives they offered me with at Gannon. Their belief and perception is one thing I do not really feel like I’ll ever give you the option to actually repay. Gannon is a particular place and I cherished every single day working there. This is an thrilling time for my household. Emma, Dominick, Elijah and I are excited to get to Stillwater and begin constructing relationships throughout the neighborhood.”
In his stint at Gannon final season, Nardo coached the Golden Knights to enhance over the earlier season in almost each defensive class, together with scoring protection, yards per play, rush protection, cross protection and complete protection. Gannon’s complete protection common improved from 393.3 in 2021 to 287.4 in his lone season in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was Gannon’s lowest complete yards per recreation allowed common in 20 seasons. His gamers Chris Farnsworth and defensive finish Nick White additionally earned honorable point out All-America honors whereas serving to lead the Golden Knights to an 8-3 total file.
“I’m excited in regards to the addition of Bryan Nardo as our defensive coordinator,” coach Mike Gundy mentioned. “He’s a younger energetic, brilliant soccer coach who brings 10 years of coordinating expertise with him. He’s been profitable and his progressive system has helped win video games all over the place he is been.
“Additionally, I’ve elevated Joe Bob Clements to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Tim Duffie to Defensive Passing Game Coordinator. They’ve had a long-term dedication to Oklahoma State and have been a big a part of the success of our program.”
During his profession as a coordinator earlier than Gannon, Nardo coached 25 all-conference linebackers with two of them including All-America recognition. He was additionally chosen as a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in 2019.
Before going to Emporia State, Nardo spent a season at Missouri S&T the place he was named the Great Lakes Football Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.
Nardo was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Ohio University, from 2008-10 and coached the nickel backs and outdoors linebackers. He served as a pupil coach from 2004-08 at Ohio, the place he graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in Sport Management in 2008.
A local of Shadyside, Ohio, Nardo graduated from St. John Central High School. Coaching soccer runs deep within the Nardo household, as his father, Perry, and two brothers, Matt and Luke, are all members of the teaching career.
Bryan and his spouse, Emma, have two sons, Dominick Paul, and Elijah Ray, born on June 20, 2022.