SJSU Names Four New Asst Football Coaches

Two highly-regarded head coaches, a National Football League star destined for Hall of Fame consideration and an offensive line coach for 12 bowl teams including four Pac-10 Conference Rose Bowl teams are joining the San Jose State University football staff. Mike MacIntyre, the Spartans' new head coach, made the announcement.

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MacIntyre named Hugh Freeze, the head coach at Lambuth University the last two seasons, as offensive coordinator; Tim Landis, a college head coach the last 17 seasons at three Football Bowl Subdivision schools, as special teams coordinator; Bryant Young, a four-time National Football League Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, as defensive line coach; and Gary Bernardi, a UNLV assistant the last five years, as offensive line coach.

"I'm very excited about all four men and all the expertise and coaching talent they bring to the table. San Jose State is very fortunate to have men of such high character and such high regard in their profession," says MacIntyre, the new San Jose State football coach.

"First and foremost, three of the four have extensive backgrounds in California. Tim Landis was the head coach at Saint Mary's. Gary Bernardi was the recruiting coordinator at UCLA, has considerable experience and great name recognition recruiting in the state. Bryant Young was a highly-respected player for the San Francisco 49ers - a future Hall of Famer who wants to give back to this community. Football is his passion.

"Hugh Freeze and Tim were sitting head coaches who coached winning programs. The knowledge that I will gain from Hugh and Tim as former head coaches will be very important as I make decisions. They'll be able to give great advice and insight with some of the things I will be going through (as a first-time head coach)," MacIntyre adds.

Freeze compiled a head coaching record of 20-5 in his two seasons at Lambuth, a NAIA school located in Jackson, Tenn. He was named the American Football Coaches Association NAIA Region I Coach of the Year for leading Lambuth to a perfect 11-0 regular season, a 12-1 overall record and the school's second consecutive NAIA Playoff appearance. The Eagles finished sixth in the final 2009 NAIA national coaches' poll and averaged 38.1 points per game, eighth best among NAIA members last season.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he coached Briarcrest Christian High in Memphis, Tenn., to state championships in 2002 and 2004 in a 10-season tenure. From 2005 through 2007, Freeze had several positions connected with the University of Mississippi football program. On the field, he was the tight ends coach in 2006 and the wide receivers coach in 2007.

Landis completed his seventh season as Bucknell University's head coach in 2009. A head coach since 1993, first at Davidson College for seven seasons, then at Saint Mary's College in nearby Moraga, Calif., for three before taking over at Bucknell, he coached teams to .500 or better records 10 times. His career win-loss coaching record is 85-98-1. The 1986 graduate of Randolph Macon College got his coaching start at his alma mater as an assistant football coach in 1986 and was an assistant at Davidson for the 1991 and 1992 seasons before his promotion to head coach.

Young is best known as one of the greatest players in San Francisco 49ers' history. The seventh overall selection in the 1994 National Football League draft, he played 14 seasons (1994-2007) in a Hall of Fame worthy career. He was named the 1994 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a Pro Bowl selection four times, voted to the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1990's as a defensive tackle and the league's 1999 Comeback Player of the Year.

Young was the recipient of the 49ers' Len Eshmont Award, signifying the team's most inspirational and courageous player, an unprecedented eight times including four in a row during the 2004 through 2007 seasons and three consecutive years from 1998 to 2000. No other 49er has received the annual award, voted on by the team's players, more than twice. He began his coaching career in 2009 as the defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

Bernardi is entering his 31st season as a major college coach. He has coached in 12 bowl games, four of them Rose Bowls with the University of Southern California in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 games and the 1994 edition as a UCLA assistant coach.

The 1976 Cal State Northridge graduate began his college coaching career at the University of Arizona in 1980 and was a Wildcat for seven seasons coaching wide receivers, tight ends and offensive tackles. During the 1987 through 1992 seasons, he was at the University of Southern California before heading across Los Angeles to UCLA for the 1993 through 2003 seasons. Bernardi spent 2004 at Northern Arizona University as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before moving to UNLV in 2005 as recruiting coordinator and coach of the tight ends and offensive tackles.

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