The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 6, 2013

MSSU football adds new assistant, three recruits

Chandler Tygard has joined Missouri Southern’s football staff as a defensive line coach.

Tygard served as defensive line coach and special teams coach last year at the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Before that, he was first a student assistant and later an assistant for the Tennessee Volunteers.

“I’m excited to bring in a coach of the caliber as Chandler,” Lions coach Daryl Daye said in a release. “He’s a young go-getter and has experience at all levels of collegiate coaching. He’s not afraid to get up in the faces of our guys and motivate them when needed and that’s always something I look for in a young coach. He’s also a quality recruiter and we’ll rely on him in that aspect, as well.”

Cumberlands finished the 2012 season with a 10-2 record and No. 7 NAIA national ranking. The defense ranked eighth in sacks, 10th in rushing defense, and blocked eight total kicks, setting a school record. Tygard coached two Mid South Conference All-Conference defensive linemen, Nick Smith and Jared Stippert. Smith was also named a NAIA All-American.

At Tennessee, Tygard worked as the defensive quality control coach for the Volunteers from 2010-2011. He was the right-hand man to defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and assisted linebackers coaches Lance Thompson and Peter Sirmon.

In 2009, Tygard was the special teams quality control coach assisting special teams coordinator Eddie Gran and managing the defensive playbook for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. For the 2009 “Chick Fil’ A Bowl,” he was the interim special teams coordinator for the bowl game after the departure of Eddie Gran to Florida State.

From 2005-2008, Tygard worked as the student assistant to defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive backs coach Larry Slade. His primary role was to assist with opponent film breakdown and running the offensive scout team.

Tygard, from Nashville, Tenn., graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. He is a 2009 graduate of Tennessee with a bachelors degree in history. He is engaged to Lauren Castle of South Pittsburg, Tenn.

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