A question fans ask of a new assistant football coach is usually not philosophical in nature, such as what is your background with the Tampa 2 defense? In Steve Stanard’s case, it’s rather impressive. The new linebackers coach at NDSU has been well-versed in it for years now.
But assistants are also measured on how they can recruit. And where they can recruit. So the question was asked of Stanard last week.
“Everywhere I’ve coached, I’ve recruited Nebraska because I’m from there. But I’ve also recruited everywhere in the country from California to Florida to Texas. Here, it looks like I’ll be recruiting Nebraska, South Dakota and south central Minnesota. It’s a little more regional recruiting than say Colorado State althougth there’s more area to cover.
“Recruiting is recruiting. Years on the job and years of experience have led me to go into different parts of the country and adapt to the people you recruit. That’s probably the biggest thing in recruiting that I’ve come across. It’s changed so much with technology and some of those things. Kids are so much more visual and into email and those things. But it still boils down to developing relationships with the family and the kid so that there’s a trust level that they feel good about going there. Here, North Dakota State sells itself a lot, too. I tell you, North Dakota State reminds me a lot of the University of Nebraska with the community support.”