After one season with Gannon, defensive coordinator Bryan Nardo is off to join Oklahoma State's staff in the same role.

Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy announced the hiring Tuesday. 

Nardo helped Gannon's defense to one of their better seasons in the past few seasons. Nardo's defense was 24 in Division II in total defense allowing just 287 yards per game. This was the lowest total for a Gannon defense in 20 seasons. The Golden Knights unit was 22 in the country with 33 sacks. The defense's 21.9 points per game were 53rd at the Division II level.

Nardo has 15 years of college coaching experience, including ten at the Division II level.

The new Oklahoma State defensive coordinator is not a stranger to the Division I level. He spent 2020-21  at Youngstown State as the linebackers coach. Nardo was a graduate assistant at Ohio University from 2008-2010. He coached the nickel backs and outside linebackers.

Nardo's coaching career also included 10 years at Emporia State where he was the defensive coordinator. He coached 24 all-conference linebackers during that period.