Posted Online: Jan. 31, 2012, 9:00 pm

Former Bee head coach catches on at Iowa State

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Iowa State Press Release

Iowa native and former St. Ambrose head football coach Todd Sturdy, most recently offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington State, has joined Iowa State's football staff as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads made the announcement on the Iowa State web site on Tuesday.

"It is a real coup for us to get a coach from Tipton, Iowa, who has been an offensive coordinator, a play-caller and proven himself as a West Coast recruiter," Rhoads said. "Todd Sturdy brings all of that to Iowa State as a coach with a stellar reputation based on all that he has accomplished. He has been a PAC-12 offensive coordinator for four years, a head coach for 12 years and a football coach for 22 years with success at each stop. That says it all."

Sturdy's 2011 Washington State offense ranked ninth nationally among FBS schools in passing offense. The Cougars were 26th nationally in first downs, 33rd in total offense, 36th in passing efficiency, 41st in red zone offense and 45th in scoring offense.

"I was attracted to this job by Paul Rhoads, specifically what he has done with this program and the direction it is heading under his leadership," Sturdy said. "Coaching in the Big 12 Conference, a premier league also is a plus. Finally, it is great to get back to Iowa, which is still home to a lot of our family."

Sturdy was 85-40 in 12 seasons as head coach for his alma mater, St. Ambrose. The winningest coach in the program's history, his teams won five Mid-States Football Association-Midwest League championships and had a 42-8 league record in his last seven seasons at the helm, including six-straight playoff appearances.