Steve Stanard comes to Wyoming with 22 years of coaching experience at the college level and 18 years of experience as a defensive coordinator. His experience includes three seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Tulane (2009-11), five years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Colorado State (2003-07) under former head coach Sonny Lubick and three years as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico State.
As the linebackers coach at North Dakota State in 2012 and `13, Stanard helped the Bison rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense each of those two seasons, holding opponents to only 11.5 points per game in 2012 and only 11.3 points per game in 2013. NDSU led the nation in total defense in 2012, giving up only 234.5 yards per game, and ranked No. 3 in the country in total defense in 2013, allowing only 255.9 yards per game.
In 2013, Stanard coached Third Team All-America linebacker Grant Olson, who was honored as an All-American by the Associated Press. Olson set a school record with 29 tackles in NDSU's 14-7 win over Wofford College in the 2012 NCAA FCS quarterfinals.
Stanard has been a part of nine bowl games as a player or coach. During his five seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Colorado State, Stanard helped lead CSU to two bowl appearances and mentored four student-athletes who collected All-Mountain West Conference honors. Two of Stanard's prized pupils were CSU linebackers Jeff Horinek and Eric Pauly. Pauly was a three-time Academic All-American.
Stanard began his college coaching career in 1988 as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, under head coach Tom Osborne. At Nebraska, Stanard saw the Huskers earn seven bowl bids during his time as a student-athlete or coach. After beginning his coaching career at his alma mater, Stanard coached at Nebraska Wesleyan University for five years, serving as the school's defensive coordinator, head coach and an assistant athletic director during that five-year span.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1989 and completed his master's degree in 1995.
Stanard and his wife Jennifer will be moving to Laramie this winter. He has four children, Austin, Paige, Max and Madison.