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Syracuse Football: Former Wyoming DC Steve Stanard officially named DE’s coach

Time to improve this defense.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Former Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard has been officially named Syracuse’s defensive ends coach, SU Athletics announced on Friday.’s Nate Mink previously reported last week the Orange hired Stanard as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball, but in an unspecified role.

Stanard spent the last three seasons as Wyoming’s defensive coordinator before Cowboys coach Craig Bohl elected not to renew Stanard’s contract following the 2016 season.

In his final season as Wyoming’s defensive coordinator, the Cowboys gave up 464 total yards per game (No. 112 in the country), 34.8 points per game (No. 105) and 6,032 total yards on the season as a whole (No. 122).

Prior to his time at Wyoming, Stanard previously worked as a defensive assistant at North Dakota State, Tulane, Colorado State, New Mexico State and South Dakota State.

While Stanard didn’t have success as a defensive coordinator at Wyoming, we’ll see if he’ll fare better working with Kendall Coleman, Jake Pickard, Josh Black and the rest of Syracuse's defensive ends.