Coard enters his second season as the Aggies defensive line coach. Coard will
be responsible for the development of the Aggies defensive linemen, while
monitoring players academically and scouting A&T opponents. Coard will also
play a role in recruiting quality talent to the Aggies program.
presided over one of the most improved units on the Aggies football team. The
Aggies rush defense was best in the MEAC and the seventh best nationally.
Defensive end Tony Mashburn ranked 11th in the conference in sacks
(5.5) and 12th in tackles for loss (12.5). Three of the Aggies
defensive linemen had at least 25 tackles.
to A&T, Coard coached defensive ends and assisted in coaching defensive tackles
at Grambling. Coard assisted defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Cliff
Yoshida in 2009 and '10. Coard helped the defensive line produce 7.8 tackles
for loss per game. It helped the Tigers rank 15th nationally in
tackles for loss.
lineman Christian Anthony ranked 31st in the nation in sacks per
game, and finished 19th in tackles for loss. The following season,
defensive lineman Antonio Leonard registered 1.2 tackles for loss per game.
Prior to his
arrival at Grambling, Coard served as N.C. Central's assistant defensive line
coach in 2008. He assisted with the weekly game plan by breaking down film. He
also handled the academic side of the program by overseeing study hall and tutoring
athletes. Coard was a four-year starter at the defensive tackle for N.C.
Central from 2004-07. His presence helped the Eagles win consecutive CIAA titles
in 2005 and '06. In 2004, he was named
to the CIAA's All-Rookie team.
Coard earned a B.A., degree in business management in 2008. Two years later, he
received a M.S., degree in sports administration from Grambling.