Four of the new assistant football coaches are under 30 years old.
Ryan Gunderson was named the San Jose State University quarterbacks coach in January 2017. Gunderson brings experiences from the Big 10 and Pacific-12 conferences and 10 post-season bowl games either as a player, graduate assistant coach and staff member with him to the Spartans.
He comes to San Jose State after two seasons as the University of Nebraska's director of player personnel. With the Huskers, he was directly involved in all aspects of student-athlete recruitment, roster management, social media activities for the head coach, prospect camps, staff and student-athlete compliance and assisting the offensive coordinator with plans and strategies on game day.
The 2007 Oregon State University graduate majored in construction engineering management. He was a quarterback on the 2003 through 2007 Beavers teams, and was the starter in the annual Civil War rivalry game vs. Oregon in 2005. Gunderson was named an Oregon State team captain for the 2007 season and was awarded the squad's Coaches Award and Team Award at the end of the year.
Gunderson began his professional career at Oregon State as a graduate assistant for the 2008 season. He migrated into the school's player personnel department in 2010 as the assistant director. For the 2014 season, he was promoted to the director's role.
He and his wife, Hilary, were married in July 2017.
|Ryan Gunderson facts|
|Born on September 22, 1984 in Portland, Ore.|
|2017 San Jose State University quarterbacks coach|
|2015-16 University of Nebraska director of player personnel|
|2014 Oregon State University director of player personnel|
|2010-13 Oregon State University assistant director of player personnel|
|2008-09 Oregon State University graduate assistant|
|2016 Music City Bowl (staff)|
|2015 Foster Farms Bowl (staff)|
|2013 Hawaii Bowl (staff)|
|2012 Alamo Bowl (staff)|
|2009 Las Vegas Bowl (coach)|
|2008 Sun Bowl (coach)|
|2007 Emerald Bowl (player)|
|2006 Sun Bowl (player)|
|2004 Insight Bowl (player)|
|2003 Las Vegas Bowl (player)|