was named linebackers coach at North Dakota State in March 2012.
Stanard brings 22 years of defensive experience to the Bison program, including 18 years as a defensive coordinator at Tulane, Colorado State, New Mexico State, South Dakota and Nebraska Wesleyan.
has been a part of nine bowl games as a player or coach.
Stanard was the defensive coordinator at Tulane University the past three seasons.
The Green Wave's
defensive unit led Conference USA in pass defense two years in a row.
In 2010, Tulane
forced 23 turnovers, an increase of 13 from 2009, and he
coached seven all-conference players including a pair earning all-freshman team honors.
spent the 2008 campaign as a member of the Bobcat coaching staff at Ohio University
He served as the defensive line coach and was responsible for the PAT and field goal block unit.
lone season with the Bobcats, Stanard
helped mentor defensive tackle Jameson Hartke, who was named second-team All-Mid American Conference, Academic All-MAC and Academic All-Region, and he
helped lead a defense that finished in the top six in the MAC in: scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense, total defense, pass efficiency defense, opponent first downs, sacks and opponent fourth down conversions.
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.
From 1997-2002, Stanard
coached at New Mexico State University
for six seasons, where he
was defensive ends/outside linebackers 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.
Stanard began his career in 1988 as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, alongside Coach Osborne and became a graduate assistant a year later.
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 of his tenure.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1989 and received his Master's degree in 1995.
wife Jennifer have four children, Austin, Paige, Max and Madison.