The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 6, 2013

MSSU football adds new assistant, three recruits


The Joplin Globe

— 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.

QB, safties join Lions

A quarterback and two safeties have joined Missouri Southern’s football team, Lions coach Daryl Daye announced Friday.

Quarterback Tyquan Hayes, 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Dillon, S.C., was an all-Jayhawk Conference pick at Independence Community College when he rushed for 457 yards and two touchdowns and completed 63 passes for 685 yards and four scores.

He played on state championship teams in 2008 and 2009 at Dillon (S.C.) High School. He was conference co-player of the year when he set school records for passing yards (2,209) and touchdown passes (32).

Kevin Gill, 5-11, 195 safety, led Mesa Community College with 97 tackles last season. He also had two quarterback sacks, one interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Gill prepped at Sprayberry High School where he was an all-region linebacker on a championship team. During track season he ran on the 4x100 relay team

Johnquavious McBride, 5-11, 190 safety from Lithonia, Ga., was a three-year starter and an all-state selection at Miller Grove High School.

“All three of these individuals will fit into need areas of our team and are excellent prospects and quality young men,’’ Daye said in a press release. “All three of them come from solid programs and have been coached by outstanding individuals. We are excited to have them here to be Lions.”