University of Delaware Football Adds Familiar Face to Coaching Staff
NEWARK, Del. -- A familiar face is returning to the University of Delaware football coaching staff.
Bryan Bossard, who starred on
defense for the Blue Hens in the late-1980s before serving three stints
on the UD coaching staff, will rejoin his alma mater as wide receivers
Delaware head coach Dave Brock, who will enter his second season at the helm this fall, made the announcement on Wednesday. Bossard replaces John Perry, who was hired as tight ends coach for the National Football League's
Houston Texans earlier this month.
Brock also announced that Brian
Ginn, who has served on the UD staff since 2000 and was receivers coach
last year, has been promoted to quarterbacks coach.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bryan
and his family back to the University of Delaware," said Brock. "I've
known Bryan for a long time and I've always been very impressed by what
he has been able to achieve professionally.
What made him most attractive to us was his passion for Delaware
football and the University of Delaware. I'm excited for him to be able
to share the rich tradition and history of UD football that he has lived
with our current players."
Bossard (pronounced "bo-sard"), a
native of Dover, Del., comes to Delaware after serving the past four
years as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Bucknell
University for head coach Joe Susan, a 1978 Delaware
graduate who lettered for the Blue Hens in 1975-76.
"I have been fortunate to be able
to coach with Bryan Bossard for the last four years," said Susan. "He
was a friend before we began to work together. He is a strong family
man, and in returning to Delaware things become
much simpler for Bryan, his wife Kimber, and their two sons. He is a
very good fundamental coach. His offensive knowledge is the result of a
combination of his experiences at a variety of programs utilizing
multiple schemes. He will be a positive role model
for his players both on and off the field and will be an important
component of Dave Brock's effort to bring championship football back to
the special place that is the University of Delaware."
Bossard brings with him nearly 25
years of experience coaching at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl
Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) levels.
In his 13 years as a player and
coach at Delaware, the Blue Hens put together a cumulative record of
109-50-1 (.684) and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
"I'm very excited that Coach Brock
has invited me and my family back to the staff," said Bossard. "Even
though I have been gone for 10 years, I've always loved Delaware. The
opportunity to return to my alma mater was something
I couldn't pass up. I've known Coach Brock for a long time and have
always respected him as a coach, a recruiter, and as a person. I love
what he is doing and I'm excited about where he is taking this program. I
can't wait to get going and do whatever I can
to help achieve that goal."
A standout at Dover (Del.) High
School, Bossard came north and quickly made a name for himself on head
coach Tubby Raymond's squads, lettering for three seasons at cornerback
in 1985-88 and earning the team's defensive Most
Valuable Player award as a senior when he was a second team All-Yankee
Conference selection and piled up 122 tackles. He earned his degree in
agricultural business management from Delaware in 1989.
In addition to his two stints on
the coaching staff at Bucknell, Bossard was on the staffs at Pittsburgh
(2008-09) and Maryland (2005-07). At both places, he coached the wide
receivers and returners while recruiting in the
Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. areas.
While at Pitt, Bossard worked under
former NFL coach Dave Wannstedt. Bossard had previously worked for
Wannstedt in a pair of NFL summer coaching internships with the Chicago
Bears in 1996-97. Pittsburgh posted a solid 19-7
record and appeared in a pair of bowl games during his tenure.
Two receivers Bossard coached were
selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey was a
first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, while Pittsburgh's Derek Kinder
was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh
round. Heyward-Bey was a Freshman All-American under Bossard's watch in
2006. A year later he also helped Terps wideout and future NFLer LaQuan
Williams earn Freshman All-America accolades.
Prior to his time at Maryland,
Bossard spent three years coaching the receivers and returners and
serving as passing game coordinator at Delaware in 2002-04 under K.C.
Keeler. He helped lead the Blue Hens to the 2003 NCAA
I-AA (FCS) national title with a 15-1 mark and led the 2004 squad to a
berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. During Delaware's
championship season, the Hens had three different receivers catch 50
passes or more.
Bossard was also a member of the
Blue Hens' coaching staff from 1994-98 in the same capacity, leading
Delaware to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under Raymond,
a College Football Hall of Fame member who won
300 career games for the Blue Hens. The 1997 squad went 12-2 and
advanced to the national semifinals.
Bossard broke into the collegiate
coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Delaware in 1990. He then
coached defensive backs at Morehouse College (1991) and West Chester
(Pa.) University (spring 1992) before arriving at
Bucknell for a two-year stint where he worked with the defensive backs
In 1999, Bossard coached the
receivers at Army before moving on to a defensive back coaching position
at Wyoming for two seasons in 2000-01.
Bossard and his wife, Kimber, have two sons, Xen (10) and Xyon (6).
TRANSACTIONS: Delaware - Named Bryan Bossard Wide Receivers Coach; Promoted Brian Ginn to Quarterbacks Coach