Jan. 10, 2009
New Orleans - Tulane University head football coach Bob Toledo announced today the hiring of Steve Stanard as the defensive coordinator for the Green Wave.
Stanard, 42, brings 18 years of defensive experience and to the Green Wave football program, including 14 years as a defensive coordinator at Colorado State, New Mexico State, South Dakota and Nebraska Wesleyan. He has been a part of nine bowl games as a player or coach. Stanard inherits a unit that returns 21 letterwinners, including six starters for the 2009 campaign.
"Steve is a very experienced defensive coordinator, who has achieved great success at the major college level, and brings a quality defensive background to our program," Toledo said. "He learned his defensive mentality from Tom Osborne during his playing days at Nebraska, and did a great job for Sonny Lubick during his time as the defensive coordinator at Colorado State. This past season, he worked under Frank Solich, so he's had the opportunity to work alongside some great coaches in highly successful programs."
"I am very excited for the opportunity to coach at Tulane University and to be a part of a program that I believe is headed in the right direction," Stanard said. "There are not too many head coaches around today that have a firm grasp of both sides of the ball and Coach Toledo is one of those rare coaches who has a great offensive and defensive mind. Tulane is very fortunate to have him as its head coach. I coached against Coach Toledo and Dan Dodd while I was at Colorado State and they were both at New Mexico. Conference USA is much like the Mountain West Conference where most teams run a wide-open spread offense, so I am looking forward to that challenge.
"From what I have seen with the incoming recruiting class and our returning players, we have a solid nucleus for our defense. I believe we have very good talent for our league and that has been confirmed when talking to my counterparts around Conference USA."
Prior to Ohio, Stanard spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for Colorado State University, where he helped the Rams to two bowl appearances and mentored four student-athletes who collected All-Mountain West Conference honors, three of whom were defensive linemen. Two of Stanard's prized pupils were CSU linebackers Jeff Horinek and Eric Pauly. Horinel led the Rams with 94 tackles and earned honorable mention All-MWC honors, while boasting Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA. Pauly was a three-time Academic All-American.
In 2006, CSU finished among the MWC's top four schools in scoring defense, pass defense, pass defense efficiency, sacks, opponent first downs and opponent third down conversions. That year, the Rams also had the distinction of being the only school in the conference to boast three tacklers (Mike Pagnotta, Klint Kubiak and Luke Adkins) in the MWC's top 10.
His Rams led the conference in pass defense in 2004 and 2005 and finished in the top half of the league in the category in four of his five seasons in Fort Collins, Colorado.
From 1997-2002, Stanard coached at New Mexico State University for six seasons, where he was defensive ends coach for three years and defensive coordinator the latter three. While at NMSU, Stanard had the pleasure of coaching linebackers Dwayne Taylor and Jimmy Cottrell. Taylor earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors three times and amassed 364 tackles, 40 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes. Cottrell set a WAC record in 2005 with 179 tackles on his way to earning honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com and became the first Aggie to lead his team in tackles all four seasons.
Stanard began his career in 1988 as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, alongside Coach Solich and became a graduate assistant a year later. During his time with the Huskers, Stanard was also a part of seven bowl bids as either a student-athlete or coach. From there, he coached at Nebraska Wesleyan University for five years, where he served as the school's defensive coordinator, head coach and an assistant athletic director over the course his tenure.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1989 and received his Master's degree in 1995.
Stanard and his wife Jennifer have four children, Austin (16), Paige (13), Max (2) and Madison (4 months).
"Our family is excited about moving into the New Orleans area and I am grateful to Coach Toledo for allowing me the opportunity to be a coordinator once again," Stanard said.
The Steve Stanard File 2008 Defensive Line Coach Ohio University 2003-07 Defensive Coordinator/ Colorado State Linebackers Coach 1999-2002 Defensive Coordinator/ New Mexico State Linebackers Coach 1997-99 Defensive Ends Coach/ New Mexico State Outside Linebackers Coach 1995-96 Defensive Coordinator/ South Dakota Linebackers Coach 1995 Assistant Athletic Director Nebraska Wesleyan 1994-95 Head Coach Nebraska Wesleyan 1991-95 Defensive Coordinator Nebraska Wesleyan 1989-90 Graduate Assistant Coach Nebraska 1988-89 Student Assistant Coach Nebraska