|Title:||Assistant Coach - Defensive Line|
Chandler Tygard is entering his first season with the Missouri Southern football team and will be responsible for coaching the defensive linemen.
He will be recruiting Texas and Mississippi junior colleges for the Lions.
He comes to Southern after serving as the defensive line coach and coaching special teams at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Cumberlands finished the 2012 season with a 10-2 record and #7 NAIA national ranking. The defense ranked 8th in sacks, 10th in rushing defense, and blocked 8 total kicks, setting a school record. Coach Tygard coached two Mid South Conference All-Conference defensive linemen, Nick Smith and Jared Stippert. Smith was also named a NAIA All-American.
Prior to the Cumberlands, Tygard coached at the University of Tennessee where he 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. He coached A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt, the first true freshman linebackers to ever start for the Tennessee Volunteers. Both players were chosen as first-team Freshman All-SEC selections.
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.
During Tygard's tenure at Tennessee, fifteen defensive players were drafted into the NFL including six first round picks: Jason Allen, Justin Harrell, Jerod Mayo, Robert Ayers, Dan Williams, and Eric Berry. In 2010, while coaching linebackers, Tygard helped coach Nick Reveiz to a team-leading 108 tackles. Reveiz also was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to a former walk-on having the biggest impact on his team.
Chandler hails from Nashville, TN and was a graduate from Montgomery Bell Academy. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelors degree in History. He is engaged to Lauren Castle of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.