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.
Since arriving at Bucknell, all four starting linebackers Fordyce has coached have earned All-Patriot League honors. In 2014, seniors Evan Byers and Lee Marvel were both First Team All-Patriot League selections. Sophomores Mark Pyles and Ben Richard moved into the starting lineup in 2015 and were both Second Team All-Patriot League choices under Fordyce's tutelage.
Fordyce arrived at Susquehanna in 2007 and carried out duties as the recruiting coordinator and the athletic department’s strength and conditioning coach in addition to his defensive coordinator responsibilities. He also assisted with the punting, punt return and kickoff teams.
Fordyce was part of a staff that helped the Crusaders win the 2009 Liberty League title and advance to the NCAA playoffs. At least three players were named first-team all-league in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and Susquehanna ranked sixth nationally in turnover margin and 23rd in the country in takeaways in 2012.
A 1997 graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Fordyce later earned his master’s degree in education from McDaniel College in 2001.
After serving as a strength and conditioning intern at Navy and coaching the wide receivers and defensive backs at C. Milton Wright High School immediately following graduation from Springfield, Fordyce joined the staff at McDaniel, where he filled a number of roles over the next nine years. He began his tenure as the head strength and conditioning coach while also mentoring the linebackers on a team that won five straight conference championships and had three All-Americans in that position group.
After five years in that position, Fordyce took over as defensive coordinator in 2003 and had the Green Terror ranked 26th in scoring defense in his first year in the new role. The very next year McDaniel moved into the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and was 13th in total defense while allowing only two passing touchdowns all season.
In addition to his duties as defensive coordinator, Fordyce served as McDaniel’s recruiting coordinator from 2005 to 2006 and was the director of the Green Terror Football Camp from 2004 to 2006.
Fordyce resides in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Allison, and sons, Tate and Nash, and daughter, Grayce.
Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Alternate Areas: Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
|Position:||Assistant Coach (Recruiting Coordinator/LB)|