Staff
Head Coach
Robert Clardy

Robert Clardy will be entering his fourth season (2018-19) as the Head Football Coach and his 12th season overall on the Bearcats Football coaching staff.

In 2016, Coach Clardy earned GLVC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bearcats to their first ever conference title and NCAA National Playoff appearance after finishing the season 10-2 (7-1 GLVC). Clardy's Bearcats were ranked as high as 17th in the NCAA Division II AFCA poll, finishing 22nd in the final NCAA Division II AFCA poll, while earning their first ever regional and national rankings. SBU broke 13 team records and 15 individual records, including most wins and conference wins in a single season, while also recording a record 19 All-GLVC and 10 All-Region honorees. The Bearcats had 3 All-American's and finished with the 10th best total offense in the NCAA Division II.

In 2015, Clardy led the Bearcats to a 4-6 record (3-5 GLVC) which was good for a 7th place finish in the conference. He guided 14 players to All-GLVC awards including two 1st teamers in Antion McBee and Bubba Jenkins. He also helped QB Trent Edwards earn the GLVC Freshman of the Year award. In addition, McBee was also named a D2CCA and D2Football.com 2nd Team All-American at defensive back. As a team, SBU was second in the GLVC in scoring offense and third in total offense under Clardy's leadership.

In 2014, Clardy coached his first All-American athlete at the wide receiver position in Nathan Mourik. Mourik had a record-setting year, claiming the GLVC single-season record for receiving yards, and also numerous SBU single-season records. Since taking over the wide receivers coaching position, Clardyhas had four different receivers earn All-MIAA or All-GLVC honors.

In 2013, Clardy was promoted to Assistant Head Coach/ Wide Receivers coach and helped lead Derwyn Lauderdale to an 1000+ yard receiving season. From 2011-2012, Clardy was the Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks coach at SBU producing two all-MIAA players and one Division II Senior Bowl selection. As the Quarterbacks coach from 2008-10, Robert assisted in producing one of the most prolific offenses in Division II football. SBU's offense broke several NCAA records while Clardy was coaching quarterback Steve Gachette. Gachette rewrote the SBU record books while breaking four Division II records and finishing his career 7th all-time among all NCAA divisions in total offense with 15,235 yards.

In 2008, Clardy graduated from Southwest Baptist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation. During his time as a student he played quarterback for the Bearcats football team. He led the team in total passing and offensive yards for three consecutive seasons and led the team in rushing and scoring for two. He ranks in the Top 3 for total offensive yards and pass completion percentage and holds the school’s career record for pass completion percentage.Clardy finished his career ranked 7th all-time in the MIAA conference in total offense.

Robert Clardy currently resides in Bolivar, Missouri with his wife Krysten (a 2009 SBU graduate and All-MIAA soccer player for the Bearcats), their two daughters, Addyson and Brooklynn, and son Lawson.

Asst. Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Marcus Klund

Marcus Klund will be entering his sixth year (2018-19) as the Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator for Southwest Baptist University. Klund also serves as the Defensive Backs Coach, and Camp Coordinator for the Football Team.

Under Coach Klund’s tutelage, the Bearcat defense has built a reputation as one of the top defenses in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Bearcat defense has produced 4 All-MIAA and 24 All-GLVC Conference performers that combine for a total number of 28 All-Conference selections from 2013-2017 under Klund’s guidance. The Bearcat defense has also produced 6 All-Region defensive selections in the past two seasons (2016 & 2017) as well as a 2nd team All-American selection in Antion McBee in 2015.

During the 2017 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Coach Klund’s defense finished as the 3rd Scoring Defense (23.3 pts/gm), 4th in Total Defense (353yds/gm), 3rd in Passing Defense (194yds/gm) as well as 2nd in Pass Defense Efficiency (119.4). The Bearcat were 1st in Turnovers created with 24 (33rd in the country), 1st in Interceptions with 17 total, and 1st in Turnover Margin (10th in the country (+12). The Bearcats scored 6 defensive TD’s that ranked 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the country. The defense also finished 3rd in 1st Down Defense, 2nd in 3rd Down Defense (34.5%), 2nd in Red Zone Defense (16th in the country), and 1st in Tackles for a Loss (8.6/gm) that also ranked 9th in the country. The Bearcats received 15 All-GLVC selections. 7 of the 15 selections were defensive players. Highlighting the All-GLVC conference selections for the defense was cornerback Corey Hanger who was a unanimous selection. Hanger was also selected to the D2CCA All-Region 2nd Team

During the 2016 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Coach Klund’s defense finished 4th in Scoring Defense (23.6 pts/gm), 3rd in Rushing Defense (118.1 yds/gm), 3rd in Interceptions (13), 2nd in 3rd Down Defense (32.3%), and the 1st in Red Zone Defense (11th in the country) in conference play. Klund’s defense increased their sack total from 22 (2015) to 32 (2016). The Bearcat defense Finished 2nd in Total Tackles for a Loss with 102 (21st in the country). Klund’s Field Goal Block unit finished 1st in the GLVC and 6th in the country with 7 blocked kicks. The Bearcats had a conference record of 19 All-GLVC selections. 8 of the 19 selections were defensive players highlighted with three unanimous selections in defensive end Via Manuma, defensive tackle Vice Epenesa, and defensive back DeAngelo Tucker. 5 Defensive players were selected to the Don Hansen Super Region 4 Team.

During the 2015 season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Coach Klund's defense finished 1st in turnovers created with 26 total (21st in the country), 1st in interception with 17 total (14th in the country), 1st in turnover margin (13th in the country), 2nd in rushing defense that allowed a league best of 3.0 yards per carry (12th in the country), 2nd in 3rd down defense, and 3rd in red zone defense. Highlighting the defensive All-Conference selections was safety Antion McBee who was a unanimous 1st Team All-GLVC selection, 1st Team All-Region, and a 2nd Team D2CAA All-American selection in 2015. During that season McBee broke the SBU and GLVC single season interceptions record (9).

Prior to coming to SBU, Coach Klund served as the Defensive Coordinator at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, IL, which competes at the NAIA level. The 2012 football season was the first for football at Lindenwood University-Belleville. Prior to coaching at LU-Belleville, Coach Klund spent 3 years on staff at his Alma Mater, Lindenwood University. During his 3-year stint at Lindenwood University he coached the Defensive Backs in 2009 and 2010 and the Defensive Line in 2011. The Football program went 30-6 during his three years including a HAAC Championship and a berth in the National Championship game in 2009. In 2007 and 2008, Marcus served 2 years as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, MO. Marcus Klund earned his Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education & Health from Lindenwood University (Mo.) in 2007 and his Master of Arts in Education from Lindenwood University in 2010. During his time as a player at Lindenwood University, Klund was a 2-time Team Captain, 4-year starter at safety, 4-time All-Conference, 2-time All-Region, and a 2-time All-American selection for the Lions. During the 2004 season, Marcus helped lead the football program to an 11-0 regular-season record (the program’s first undefeated regular-season) and a HAAC Championship. Marcus Klund currently resides in Bolivar, Missouri with his wife, Jamie, and their son Gunner and daughter Sadie.

Graduate Assistant / Running Backs
Tamario Beaugard
Linebackers / Strength & Conditioning
Tripp Thomas
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Phil Staback

Phil Staback will be entering his sixth year (2018-19) as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for Southwest Baptist University.

Under Coach Staback, the Bearcat offense has been among the top offenses in the Great Lakes Valley Conference over the past four years. The Bearcat offense has produced a combined 29 All-Conference selections (4 All-MIAA and 25 All-GLVC) from 2013-2017. Staback has also produced 3 All-Americans with Sammy Zeqiraj (2016), Bubba Jenkins (2016), and Nathan Mourik (2014).

During the 2017 season, the Bearcat offense finished 2nd in the GLVC in passing offense (279 YPG), 3rd in total offense (410.5 YPG) and 3rd in scoring (30.7). In two games, three WR’s surpassed the 100 yard receiving mark. Kendrick Payne finished his career as the GLVC All-Time career leader in touchdown receptions (35). TJ Edwards finished the season 2nd in the conference and 16th in the nation for total Offense (301 YPG). 8 Offensive players were named All-GLVC in 2017.

During the 2016 season, the Bearcat offense finished 10th in the nation and 1st in the GLVC in total offense (505 YPG) and 1st in the GLVC in scoring offense (42.1). Under Staback's tutelage, running back Bubba Jenkins reset many records. Jenkins became the All-Time rushing leader in GLVC history (3,024 yards) along with breaking the SBU & GLVC single season rushing record (1,560 yards). Jenkins finished 3rd in the nation in rushing yards. Quarterback TJ Edwards broke the SBU single season passing touchdowns record (34). Edwards finished the season ranked 4th in the nation for points responsible for (264), 8th in the nation in passing touchdowns (34), 10th in the nation for total offense (328.4 YPG), and 21st in the nation for passing efficiency (158.0). 10 offensive players were named All-GLVC with Edwards being named GLVC Offensive Player of the Year. 5 Offensive players received Don Hansen All-Super Region 4 Team honors, and Jenkins and Zeqiraj earned Don Hansen All-American Honors.

During the 2015 season, the Bearcat offense finished 2nd in the GLVC in Scoring Offense (35.2) and 3rd in total Offense (429.6 YPG). Jenkins became only the 4th Bearcat in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, and finished the season with 1,201 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. Jenkins broke the GLVC rushing yards record in a game (258). Edwards finished off his freshman campaign by throwing for 2,304 yards with 21 Touchdowns to only 4 interceptions while also rushing for 479 yards and 8 scores on the ground. 7 offensive players were named All-GLVC with Edwards being named GLVC Freshman of the Year.

During the 2014 season, the Bearcat offense finished 2nd in the GLVC in Scoring Offense (31.3) and Total Offense (432.4 YPG). Quarterback Willie Tindal had a record breaking season in 2014. Tindal set single season records for the GLVC and SBU for passing yards (3,578), passing touchdowns (31), 300-yard performances (6) along with single game records in passing yards (479) and passing touchdowns (6). Nathan Mourik set SBU's and the GLVC's single season receiving yards mark (1,398) and touchdowns record (13). Mourik also broke SBU and GLVC single game records in receiving yards (219) and touchdowns (5). 5 Offensive players were named All-GLVC, and Mourik was named to a BSN 1st Team All-American, Don Hansen All-American, and 1st Team All-Region.

During the 2013 Season, the Bearcat offense finished 7th in the MIAA in Passing Offense (272.2 YPG). Derwyn Lauderdale finished 2nd in the conference with 86 receptions for 1,056 yards. 4 offensive players were named All-MIAA.

Prior to coming to SBU, Phil was the Graduate Assistant Coach for Quarterbacks at Lindenwood University for two years. He also played professionally for the Wichita Wild in the Indoor Football League.

Staback graduated from Lindenwood University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. In college, Staback was one of the top quarterbacks in Lindenwood history and was inducted into the Lindenwood Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2009, he led Lindenwood to the NAIA National Championship game and was named Honorable Mention All-American. He completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,381 yards and 36 touchdowns. In 2010, Staback earned 1st team All-American honors after throwing for 3,329 yards and 34 touchdowns. He completed 75.3 percent of his passes and set a NAIA record for most yards per passing attempt. Staback still holds the NAIA career record for most yards per pass attempt and highest percentage of passes for a touchdown.

Staback, originally from Santee, California currently resides in Bolivar, Missouri with his wife, Jennifer.

Recruiting & Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Line
Austin Bortle

Austin Bortle will be entering his third season (2018-19) as a member of the Southwest Baptist University Football Coaching Staff. He will serve as the Special Teams Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach for the Football Team.

Under Coach Bortle, the defensive line has been one of the most productive units in the GLVC conference over the past two seasons. Under his tutelage, the defensive line has had five All-GLVC selections including two unanimous first team selections and two all-region selections in two seasons. During the 2017 season, he helped lead a defensive unit that was ranked first in the conference and ninth in the country in tackles for loss, which included Defensive End De’shawn Tone who was ranked 11th nationally in tackles for loss. In 2016, he mentored Defensive End Via Manuma who finished the season ranked fifth nationally in sacks and seventh nationally in tackles for loss despite only playing in eight games due to injury.

Prior to joining Southwest Baptist, Coach Bortle served as the assistant head coach, director of recruiting and defensive line coach at Lindenwood University. While coaching defensive line at Lindenwood, Bortle helped coach five players to All-MIAA honors. He coached units that accounted for season high totals of 29 sacks and 85 tackles for loss. In his first three seasons as a coach at Lindenwood, Bortle coached the wide receivers during a three-year period in which they put up huge numbers. In 2011, he coached Andrew Helmick who set school single-season records for receiving yards per game and touchdown catches. In all, Lindenwood caught 193 passes for 23 touchdowns and an average of 235.7 receiving yards a game. In 2010, the Lions had three receivers catch over 500 total yards. Two of the receivers had over 800 yards. The receivers also caught 42 touchdown passes. In 2009, Lindenwood was even more balanced with five receivers having over 400 yards on the season. Those five players caught 223 passes for 3,343 yards and 34 touchdowns. The receivers played a big role in Lindenwood advancing to the NAIA National Championship game.

Bortle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Lindenwood University (Mo.) in 2009 and his Master of Arts in Sports Management from Lindenwood University in 2011. He played his college football at Lindenwood and was name an All-HAAC Wide Receiver as a Senior. Coach Bortle played his high school football at St. Charles High School and was an all-conference performer.

Bortle resides in Bolivar, Missouri with his wife, Amy.