Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy hit a jackpot on Friday as Go Pokes learned that Gundy has hired former Notre Dame and Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as a second defensive analyst, adding to former Cowboys defensive coordinator and 4-2-5 guru Bill Clay.
Oklahoma State will have two defensive analysts for the upcoming season and we have confirmed that Gundy is looking for offensive analysts as well.
VanGorder, 57, brings a wealth of experience as he has most recently served as a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. Prior to that he was defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for four seasons. He was the defensive coordinator at Georgia for four years, and at Auburn for a season.
A native of Michigan, VanGorder played collegiately at Wayne State and was the head coach at his alma mater for three seasons, as well as at Georgia Southern for one season. VanGorder was also a position coach in the NFL for both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets.
In 2003, at Georgia, VanGorder won the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country and his defense finished third overall in the NCAA. He also coached three first-round NFL Draft picks in defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, safety Thomas Davis, and defensive end David Pollack.
It probably helps Oklahoma State in making this hire that VanGorder is still being paid by Notre Dame following his departure from there.
It was later confirmed that Glenn Spencer was active in recruiting Van Gorder to Oklahoma State. The two defensive coaches know a lot of the same friends in coaching in and around Georgia and the Southeast region and VanGorder chose Oklahoma State over schools such as Texas A&M, Alabama, and Ohio State that also wanted to hire him. This is a big plus to get him in the Cowboys defensive meeting room and he wanted to be there.