Nardo named defensive coordinator; Joe Bob Clements and Tim Duffie promoted to the staff
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy today announced the addition of Bryan Nardo as the new defensive coordinator for Cowboy football. other than that Joe Bob Clements has been elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Tim Duffy has been elevated to Defensive Passing Game Coordinator.
Nardo comes to Stillwater after most recently serving as the defensive coordinator at Gannon University in 2022, the linebackers coach at Youngstown State from 2020-21 and the eight seasons before that as the defensive coordinator at Emporia State. He has a career record of 71-35 in 10 years as a defensive coordinator and brings 15 years of total college coaching experience.
“I can’t thank coach Gundy and the rest of the staff enough for their openness throughout this process and for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Nardo said. “I am extremely excited to join the rich tradition of Oklahoma State football. I can’t wait to get to work and continue to build on all the great things that have been done here throughout history. I spent eight years of recruiting Oklahoma State, seeing first hand the amount of pride people have in this university’s athletic programs, there is no better place to be able to represent.
“I am also grateful to Coaches Erik Raeburn and Lisa Goddard McGuirk for the opportunities they gave me at Gannon. Their trust and faith is something I don’t feel I will ever be able to truly repay. Gannon is a special place and I loved every day working there. It’s an exciting time for my family. Emma, Dominick, Elijah and I are excited to come to Stillwater and start building relationships in the community.”
In his tenure at Gannon last season, Nardo coached the Golden Knights to improvement over the previous season in nearly every defensive category, including scoring defense, yards per play, rush defense, pass defense and total defense. Gannon’s overall defensive average improved from 393.3 in 2021 to 287.4 in his lone season in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was Gannon’s lowest total yards per game. batting average in 20 seasons. His players Chris Farnsworth and defensive end Nick White also earned honorable mention All-America honors while helping lead the Golden Knights to an 8-3 overall record.
“I am excited about the addition of Bryan Nardo as our defensive coordinator,” Coach Mike Gundy said. “He is a young energetic, skilled football coach who brings 10 years of coordinating experience. He has been successful and his innovative system has helped win games everywhere he has been.
“Furthermore, I have lifted myself up Joe Bob Clements to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Tim Duffy to defensive passing game coordinator. They have had a long-term commitment to Oklahoma State and have been a huge part of our program’s success.”
During his career as coordinator before Gannon, Nardo coached 25 all-conference linebackers, two of whom added All-America recognition. He was also selected 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 one season at Missouri S&T where he was named the 2011 Great Lakes Football Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.
Nardo was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Ohio University, from 2008-10, coaching nickel backs and outside linebackers. He served as a student coach from 2004-08 at Ohio where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2008.
A native of Shadyside, Ohio, Nardo graduated from St. John Central High School. Coaching football runs deep in the Nardo family as his father, Perry, and two brothers, Matt and Luke, are all members of the coaching profession.
Bryan and his wife, Emma, have two sons, Dominick Paul, and Elijah Ray, born on June 20, 2022.