Gundy Hires New Special Teams Coach

Shortly after Mike Gundy's news conference Thursday, word leaked out that Oklahoma State will have a new coach to handle special teams and assist with the offensive staff, likely helping with receivers. Former Sam Houston State full-time assistant coach Robby Discher will come to Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant, and will have full-time authority over all special teams coordination.

As Gundy had said a few hours earlier in the news conference when asked about the departure of Ty Linder, who had handled special teams and assisted with receivers the past two seasons, the Cowboys have a number of assistants that help out with various areas of the special teams.

However, it does take one coach to coordinate all those efforts and oversee personnel on game days. Discher will do that and with his experience at Sam Houston State also do most of the scheming and scouting for the special teams units.

At Sam Houston State, Discher, who came on board in March of 2010, coached the kickers, punters, and snappers as well as coordinated the special teams. Discher is also single, and that makes it easier to jump in as a graduate assistant. Linder, who left after the Cotton Bowl, went to North Carolina as a graduate assistant to help with special teams there.

The information below comes courtesy of Robby Discher's bio in the Sam Houston State football media guide.

Kicker Miguel Antonio stands as Sam Houston's all-time leader in kick scoring with 324 points. Matt Foster completed his Bearkat career ranked fifth in all-time punting with a 40.7 average.

Ken Jones was perfect on PAT/field goal snaps as well as punt snaps in 2011.

Sam Houston State return specialists Brandon Closner finished his career as the Bearkats all-time leading kickoff returner in school history with 1,734 career yards. He set the record with his 81 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Montana State in the 2011 FCS Quarterfinals. Closner is also the school's second all-time leader in punt return yards, with 753.

Prior to his move to Huntsville, Discher served as an assistant coach at Kearney (Mo.) High School working with quarterbacks and outside linebackers for one season. In his one season with Kearney, the Bulldogs piled up a 13-2 record and won the Missouri Class 4 State Championship.

Prior to coaching, Discher played collegiately at William Jewell College, in Liberty, Mo., from 2006 to 2008. He was a wide receiver for the Cardinals.

He graduated from William Jewell College in 2009 with a degree in Secondary Education and Physical Education. Discher went on to earn his master's degree from Sam Houston State in 2012 in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. The Kansas City, Mo., native attended high school at North Kansas City High School.

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