Thomas Byrd Athletics
Hometown: San Pablo, Calif.
Alma Mater: Boise State University
Thomas Byrd officially began his duties as offensive coordinator on the Concordia University football staff on Jan. 23, 2017. He also serves as position coach for the offensive line and as an instructor within health and human performance.
Byrd tutored an offensive line in 2017 that helped Ryan Durdon break loose for 1,247 rushing yards. Center Matt Romero earned first team All-GPAC recognition and another three players earned honorable mention accolades. During the team's late four-game win streak, Concordia scored 35 points or more three times.
Most recently, Byrd served as the offensive line coach at NCAA Division II New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., where he worked under head coach Jeff Mills. Prior to his two seasons at New Mexico Highlands, Byrd worked as an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho. His other coaching stops have landed him at Arkansas State University (graduate assistant) and Contra Costa College (Calif.).
Originally from San Pablo, Calif., Byrd started at center for four seasons at Boise State and helped the Broncos to a win over TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. A first team all-conference performer, Byrd received recognition on the Rimington Trophy (top center in NCAA Division I FBS) and Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker in NCAA Division I FBS) watch lists in 2011. Byrd snapped footballs to quarterback Kellen Moore for two seasons. Moore was a Heisman finalist in 2010.
Byrd first began his coaching career at Contra Costa, where he coached the offensive line and tight ends and tutored three first team all-conference linemen. In his next coaching endeavor, Byrd was part of a staff that led Arkansas State to a victory in the GoDaddy Bowl. In his one year as a grad assistant at Boise State, Byrd worked for current head coach Bryan Harsin. As part of the coaching staff for the 2013 Broncos, Byrd was again present for a Fiesta Bowl victory. That season Boise State won the Mount West Conference championship and then defeated Arizona in the Fiesta. While at Contra Costa, Byrd held additional duties as run game coordinator, director of strength and conditioning and scout team coordinator.
Thomas and his wife Jamelia have a son Thomas Jr.