Former `Dogs Return as Members of Football Staff Print
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Written by Jason Clay - Fresno State   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 13:50
FRESNO - A pair of coaches with ties to the Fresno State football program are returning as members of Tim DeRuyter’s coaching staff. Former Bulldog center Joe Bernardi and former Fresno State assistant coach Mark Weber were both hired Friday to be assistants on DeRuyter’s staff.

Weber, who has 36 years of coaching experience and was at Fresno State from 2004-05, will coach the offensive line. Bernardi, who was a four-year starter at center for Bulldogs from 2007-10, will coach the tight ends.

“I am thrilled to announce that Mark Weber and Joe Bernardi will be joining our coaching staff,” DeRuyter said. “Mark brings elite level experience in his role as offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He had great success in his previous time here on staff and I know he's excited to return to the Valley. After being at Tennessee and Oregon the past four years, Joe brings his unparalleled passion back to the Valley and will coach our tight ends.

“The fact that they both have deep roots to Fresno State and the Valley only solidified in my mind that they are the `fit’ I was looking for. Both will hit the ground running in recruiting and help us immediately as we compete for the Mountain West Championship this fall.”

Weber has been in 16 bowl games as a coach and spent the past three seasons as Utah State’s offensive line and associate head coach. He coached 10 linemen that earned All-Mountain West honors for the Aggies in just three seasons, including Tyler Larsen who in 2013 was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports and was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, honoring the nation’s best collegiate center.

He was at BYU for six seasons (2007-12), helping the Cougars reach six bowl games and capture the 2007 Mountain West Championship. Six Cougars earned first-team All-Mountain West honors, including two All-Americans in Dallas Reynolds and Matt Reynolds.

Weber spent one season (2006) at North Carolina in between his time at BYU and Fresno State. His Bulldog offensive lines helped Fresno State average 40.2 points per game and 227.5 rushing yards in 2004 and 37.8 points and just 14 sacks 2005, which ranked in a tie for No. 8 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed that year.

Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell, who both have gone on to star in the NFL, were coached by Weber at Fresno State. Mankins garnered All-America accolades in 2004 under Weber before going on to be a first-round pick of the New England Patriots and six-time Pro Bowl selection. Wendell was a freshman All-American in 2004 under Weber and the WAC Freshman of the Year.

Bernardi spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Oregon, assisting in all facets of coaching the Ducks offensive line and tight ends. Bernardi helped coach four first-team All-Pac 12 selections in his three seasons at Oregon when the Ducks won 33 games and appeared in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship game.

After graduating from Fresno State with his degree communications, Bernardi spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the offensive line quality control coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. There he assisted in all phases of coaching and recruiting the offensive line and tight end positions. The 2012 Volunteer unit gave up the least amount of sacks in the SEC and least given up in the NCAA per pass attempt.

In his time as a Bulldog Bernardi led Fresno State to four bowl games. He was named to the Rimington Award Watch List twice in his career and received the 2010 Paul Schechter Award for Courage given annually to a Fresno State student-athlete who has overcome a physical challenge to become a champion.

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