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In his first six years on the Bison sideline, Joe Susan has certainly impacted the culture of the Bucknell program. He has his favorite sayings like "The Ball is the Program", which focuses on limiting and creating turnovers, and certain philosophies like the Thought Box, which symbolizes leaving all off-field distractions away from the field during practices and games. Additionally, Susan strives to recruit strong citizens to Bucknell and mold them into even better people by the time they graduate.   FULL BIO
Joe Susan
 
Matt Borich
Assistant Head Coach (Defensive Coordinator/DL)
A standout defensive lineman and linebacker at Bucknell from 1997 to 2000, Matt Borich is in his seventh year coaching the defensive line at his alma mater in 2016. Prior to 2012 spring practice, Borich added duties as the defensive run game coordinator. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in the summer of 2013, and added responsibilities as assistant head coach just prior to 2014 spring practice.   FULL BIO
John Bowes
Special Teams Coordinator/Secondary
John Bowes, who spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at William & Mary, joined the Bucknell staff prior to 2013 spring practice. He coached the Bison linebackers and special teams in his first year on staff before being named the special teams coordinator and safeties coach prior to 2014 spring practice.   FULL BIO
Brad Fordyce
Assistant Coach (Recruiting Coordinator/LB)
Veteran Brad Fordyce joined the Bison staff in the winter of 2014 and works closely with the Bison linebackers and serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. He spent the previous seven years as the defensive coordinator at nearby Susquehanna University.   FULL BIO
Steven King
Assistant Coach (WR)
Former Nevada graduate assistant Steven King joined the Bison staff just prior to 2016 spring practice. King, who works closely with the Bison wide receivers, recently spent two years with the Wolf Pack, first as an offensive graduate assistant working with the wide receivers and most recently as a defensive graduate assistant working with the nickel position.    FULL BIO
R.D. Montgomery
Assistant Coach (TE/FB)
R.D. Montgomery returns for an eighth season at Bucknell in 2016. He joined the staff in August 2009 and has worked predominantly with the tight ends throughout his tenure. In 2011, he added the running backs and fullbacks to his list of duties, while the tight ends and fullbacks have been his main focus since 2012.   FULL BIO
Mike O'Connor
Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator/QB)
Like Bucknell head coach Joe Susan, eighth-year Bucknell assistant coach Mike O'Connor previously coached at Rutgers under former Bison football player Greg Schiano.   FULL BIO
Darnell Stapleton
Assistant Coach (OL)
Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton joined the Bucknell football coaching staff in the summer of 2014. He is in his third season overseeing the Bison offensive line.   FULL BIO
Eli Wicklund
Assistant Coach (RB)
Former Rice quality control coach Eli Wicklund joined the Bison staff in the spring of 2016 and works with the running backs. He has collegiate coaching experience at Miami (Ohio), North Park University and Rice.   FULL BIO
Eric Wicks
Assistant Coach (Assistant Special Teams/CB)
Eric Wicks, an All-Big East performer at West Virginia from 2004-07, joined the Bison coaching staff in the spring of 2013. He spent the previous three seasons as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh. At Bucknell, Wicks is the assistant special teams coordinator and he oversees the cornerbacks.   FULL BIO
John Field
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
John Field, a 1999 graduate of Texas Lutheran, is in his ninth year as the football strength and conditioning coach at Bucknell. During the 2009 season he performed duties as a defensive assistant coach as well.   FULL BIO
Tim Wait
Administrative Coordinator
Tim Wait came to Bucknell as the administrative coordinator in June 2015. The Palo Alto, California, native has an extensive football background at both Stanford University and Moravian College.   FULL BIO
Liel Karstetter
Equipment Manager
Liel Karstetter was named Bucknell's football equipment manager just prior to the 2010 season opener at Duquesne and he is in seventh year as part of the Bison staff.   FULL BIO
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