Oklahoma State Hires Bryan Nardo as Defensive Coordinator

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Oklahoma State has found its replacement for Derek Mason as the Cowboys have named Bryan Nardo as their next defensive coordinator.

Nardo, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Gannon University, will bring a decade’s worth of coordinator experience to Stillwater and will have an excellent defensive staff around him to help him get up to speed quickly.


In addition to Nardo, Joe Bob Clements has been elevated to Co-Defensive Coordinator and Tim Duffie has been elevated to Defensive Passing Game Coordinator.

“I’m excited about the addition of Bryan Nardo as our defensive coordinator,” coach¬†Mike Gundy said. “He’s a young energetic, bright football coach who brings 10 years of coordinating experience with him. He’s been successful and his innovative system has helped win games everywhere he’s been.”

According to a press release from Oklahoma State, 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 season before that as the defensive coordinator at Emporia State. He holds a 71-35 career record in 10 years as a defensive coordinator and brings 15 total years of college coaching experience with him.

“I cannot thank Coach Gundy and the rest of the staff enough for their openness throughout this entire process and for trusting 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 upon all of the great things that have been done here throughout history. I spent eight years recruiting the state of Oklahoma, seeing firsthand the amount of pride people have in this university’s athletic programs. There’s no better place to be able to represent.”

During his career as a coordinator prior to Gannon, Nardo coached 25 all-conference linebackers with two of them being named All-Americans. He was also selected as a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in 2019.

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