Bryan Bossard will serve as Bucknell's offensive coordinator and will coach the wide receivers for a fourth straight year in 2013.
Like Bison head coach Joe Susan, Bossard is a graduate of Delaware and a former Bucknell assistant, having played for the Blue Hens from 1985-88 and coached the Bison in 1992 and 1993. At Delaware, he was a three-time letterwinner and was voted the team's defensive MVP as a senior, when he was also a second-team all-conference selection and piled up 122 tackles.
Prior to his time at Bucknell, Bossard was on the staffs at Pittsburgh (2008-09) and Maryland (2005-07). At both places, he coached the wide receivers and returners, while also recruiting in the Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.
While with the Panthers, Bossard worked under former NFL coach Dave Wannstedt. Bossard had previously worked for Wannstedt in a pair of NFL summer coaching internships with the Chicago Bears in 1996-97. Pittsburgh posted a solid 19-7 record and appeared in a pair of bowl games during Bossard's tenure.
Two receivers Bossard coached were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, while Pittsburgh's Derek Kinder was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round. Heyward-Bey was a Freshman All-American under Bossard's watch in 2006. A year later he also helped Terps wideout and future NFLer LaQuan Williams earn Freshman All-America accolades. Prior to his time at Maryland, Bossard spent three years coaching the receivers and returners at his alma mater. He helped lead the Blue Hens to the 2003 Division I-AA national title with a 15-1 mark. During that championship season, Delaware had three different receivers catch 50 passes or more. Bossard was also a member of the Blue Hens' coaching staff from 1994-98 in the same capacity, helping Delaware to three consecutive national semifinal appearances.
Bossard broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Delaware. He then coached defensive backs at Morehouse College (1991) and West Chester University (spring 1992), before arriving at Bucknell for a two-year stint in Lewisburg, where he worked with the defensive backs and returners.
In 1999, Bossard coached the receivers at Army before moving on to a defensive back coaching position at Wyoming during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Bossard's degree from Delaware is in agricultural business management.
Bossard and his wife, Kimber, have two sons, Xen (9) and Xyon (6).
Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware