In a world where coaches come and go, the Oklahoma State Cowboys coaching staff continues to find continuity at the top. One voice has commanded the program since 2005, and it’s been a big reason for its success.
Today, we look at the current coaching staff that’s pushing for a run for a Big 12 title.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Coaching Staff
Head Coach, Mike Gundy
From his infamous mullet to his viral rant, Mike Gundy’s provided the Cowboys faithful with plenty of entertainment in his years as head coach. Oklahoma State hasn’t had a losing season since his first year as a head coach in 2005 and has won double-digit games 6 times during his tenure in Stillwater.
Most of Gundy’s career has been with Oklahoma State. From his playing days to coaching, Stillwater is his home. The former Pokes quarterback got his coaching career started as a wide receivers coach before taking over the quarterbacks from 1991-95.
In 1996, he took a job as the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Baylor. From 1997-99, he went to the ACC to coach wide receivers for Maryland before becoming the pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
His success led him back to Oklahoma State where he took a role as the offensive coordinator from 2001-04. Since then, he’s been one of the longest-tenured coaches at his respective school.
Offensive Coordinator, Kasey Dunn
Dunn’s been with Oklahoma State since 2011, but he just recently was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2020. He’s made an impact as a play-caller, helping former Cowboys stars Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders produce the best seasons of their careers, but he’s also been a tremendous recruiter and position coach.
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As a former wide receivers coach, Dunn’s had his hands on some of the best receivers in the country. He coached multiple Biletnikoff Award winners James Washington (2017) and Justin Blackmon (2011). Wallace, Washington, and Blackmon were also All-Americans.
Dunn coached on both sides of the ball at multiple programs before he came to Oklahoma State, and the list of his stops is below:
- 1993 Idaho Volunteer Assistant
- 1994 San Diego Tight Ends/Receivers
- 1995 Idaho Cornerbacks
- 1996-97 New Mexico Cornerbacks
- 1998-02 Washington State Special Teams Coord.
- 2003 TCU Cornerbacks
- 2004-06 Arizona Running Backs
- 2007 Baylor Special Teams Coord./WR
- 2008-09 Seattle Seahawks Running Backs
- 2010 Southern Miss Wide Receivers
- 2011-pres. Oklahoma State Wide Receivers
Defensive Coordinator, Bryan Nardo
Nardo brings multiple years of coaching experience to the table, but it was his first season with the Oklahoma State program in 2023. His career began at the FBS level with Ohio in 2008, but he’s spent most of his career at the FCS and Division 2 levels.
After leaving the Ohio Bobcats program, Nardo took a job as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator with Missouri S&T. His work with the Miners landed him a job as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach with Emporia State from 2012-19.
Youngstown State coach Doug Phillips added Nardo to his first staff with the Penguins in 2020, which then helped Nardo land a job as Gannon University’s defensive coordinator.
In just one season, Nardo helped improve the Golden Knights in nearly every statistical category. He also led Gannon to its lowest total yards per game allowed in 20 seasons, and it caught Mike Gundy’s attention to get Nardo to Stillwater.
Co-Defensive Coordinator, Joe Bob Clements
A theme with the Oklahoma State coaching staff is longevity. Many coaches have been in the game for a while, and Joe Bob Clements brings 25 years of experience to the table. He entered his 11th season with the Pokes in 2023 and has seen a ton of success during his time with the program.
Most of Clements’ career has been coaching the defensive line until he switched to linebackers in 2022. Two of his former linemen, Emmanuel Ogbah (2015) and Jordan Brailford (2018), led the Big 12 in sacks.
A large chunk of his career was spent with the Kansas State program, his alma mater. A full list of his coaching stops is below:
- 1999-2000 Kansas State Student Assistant
- 2001-02 Kansas State Graduate Assistant
- 2003-05 Kansas State Defensive Ends
- 2006-07 San Diego State Defensive Line
- 2008 Kansas Defensive Line
- 2009-11 Kansas State Defensive Line
- 2012 Kansas State Defense Run Game Coord./DE
- 2013-pres. OSU DL from 2013-21; LB from 2022-present; Co-DC from 2023-present
Offensive Line, Charlie Dickey
Gundy got sick of facing Dickey’s offensive lines at Kansas State, so he hired him away from the Wildcats in 2019. Dickey held roles as co-offensive coordinator and run game coordinator with the Wildcats too. He’s also coaching offensive line at Utah (2005-08), Washington (2004), Arizona (1992-2002), and Northern Arizona (1990-91).
Safeties, Dan Hammerschmidt
Hammerschmidt coaches the position he played at Colorado State, and he brings 38 years of coaching experience with him. He coached multiple 1st Team All-Big 12 selections in his 9 years with the Pokes and has coached all over the country during his career.
All of his coaching positions are listed here:
- 1986 Colorado State Student Assistant
- 1987 TCU Graduate Assistant
- 1988-94 Duke Outside Linebackers and Special Teams in 1988, Secondary from 1989-94
- 1995 VMI Secondary
- 1996-2007 Colorado State Receivers from 1996-2000
- 2001-07 Colorado State Co-Offensive Coordinator and QBs from 2001-07
- 2008 Rice Receivers
- 2009 Wyoming Assistant Head Coach, Receivers and Tight Ends
- 2010-11 Colorado State Passing Game Coordinator, Receivers
- 2012-13 Houston Texans Offensive Assistant
- 2014 Houston Running Backs
- 2015-pres. Oklahoma State Safeties
- Tight Ends/Fullbacks, Jason McEndoo
Quarterbacks, Tim Rattay
Rattay joined the Oklahoma State coaching staff in 2020 and quickly helped Spencer Sanders become just the 2nd quarterback in school history to be a first-team all-conference player.
In his previous stops, he helped the late Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum combine for 3,000 yards with Washington and also helped Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith win conference player of the year in 2019.
Defensive Line, Greg Richmond
After a brief career in the NFL, Richmond returned to his alma mater to begin his coaching career. He bounced around at multiple different places before coming back to Still Water in 2018 as the co-defensive line coach. When Joe Bob Clements took over the linebackers in 2022, Richmond took control of the defensive line.
Running Backs, John Wozniak
Wozniak joined the Cowboys in 2017 to coach the running backs and he’s helped produce multiple 1,000-yard rushers since then. Chuba Hubbard, Justice Hill, and Jaylen Warren all put up the biggest seasons of their careers thanks to Wozniak. Before Oklahoma State, Wozniak held multiple positions on offense at various stops. They are listed below:
- 1999 Knox College Tight Ends/Punters
- 2000-03 Knox College Offensive Coordinator
- 2004 Oklahoma State Offensive Grad Assistant
- 2005 LSU Offensive Grad Assistant
- 2006 Georgia Southern Tight Ends/Special Teams
- 2007 LSU Offensive Quality Control
- 2008 Montana State Tight Ends/Special Teams
- 2009 Memphis Special Teams Coordinator
- 2010 West Georgia Offensive Coordinator
- 2011 UAB Running Backs
- 2012 Alabama Special Teams Analyst
- 2013-16 Southern Miss WRs/Special Teams
- 2017-pres. Oklahoma State Running Backs