Todd Sturdy, who enters his fourth season as an assistant at Iowa State, made the switch to mentoring the Cyclone quarterbacks in 2014 and it paid off.
Sturdy’s work with the Cyclone signal callers helped junior Sam Richardson record one of the finest statistical seasons by an ISU quarterback in school history. Richardson set the single-season school record for completions (254) behind the top-two single-game completion marks (37 vs. Toledo; 36 vs. Texas) in the history of Cyclone football. His 23.1 completion per game rate ranked third in the Big 12 and 12th nationally.
Richardson ended the season with 2,669 of Iowa State’s 2,981 passing yards, the second-best team total in school history. He also ended the year ranked in the top-five on ISU’s season record book in the following categories: touchdown passes (3rd- 18), total offense (3rd- 3,090) and passing yards (4th- 2,669).
Sturdy spent his first two seasons in Ames mentoring the Cyclone wide receivers to great success.
The Tipton, Iowa, native helped mold Quenton Bundrage into one of the Big 12’s top wide receivers in 2013. Bundrage had 48 catches for 676 yards and nine touchdowns in his breakout sophomore campaign. Bundrage’s nine TD grabs tied the ISU single-season school record and his three multi-TD catch games also tied a season school mark.
Bundrage had three catches of over 60 yards in 2013, including a 97-yard TD catch vs. Texas, the longest pass play in Iowa State history. Bundrage earned All-Big 12 honors by Phil Steele.
Justin Coleman, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship at the beginning of fall camp, also thrived under Sturdy’s leadership. Coleman had 31 catches for 442 yards in 2013.
Four Sturdy-coached receivers caught more than 30 passes in his first season in 2012, as Aaron Horne (39), Chris Young (38), Josh Lenz (31) and Jarvis West (31) affirmed the depth of the Cyclone pass-catching corps. Bundrage snared 20 passes as a freshman.
Sturdy was the offensive coordinator at Washington State prior to his arrival at Iowa State. Sturdy's 2011 WSU’s 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.
Sturdy joined the WSU staff in 2008 after serving as offensive coordinator at Eastern Washington during the 2007 season.
During his one year at EWU the Eagles went 9-4 and reached the 2008 FCS quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Appalachian State. Sturdy also guided an offense that set school records for pass completions (287) and touchdown passes (36).
EWU finished the 2007 campaign fifth nationally in total offense and eighth in passing offense. Quarterback Matt Nichols was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year while wide receiver Aaron Boyce and offensive lineman Matt Alfred each garnered All-America honors, with Boyce being named to the second team and Alfred the third team.
Prior to EWU, Sturdy was 85-40 in 12 seasons as head coach for his alma mater, St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. 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. In 2006 he was NAIA Region 2 Coach of the Year, with the team going a perfect 10-0 before a first-round, 38-31 double-overtime loss to Morningside in the NAIA Championship playoffs.
His accomplishments at St. Ambrose began in his first season as he guided his team to a 9-1 season with the only loss coming at the hands of eventual national champion Findlay. During his 12 seasons at St. Ambrose, Sturdy coached 64 first-team all-conference players and 28 All-Americans. His players rewrote the offensive school records in virtually every category.
Sturdy began his coaching career after his freshman year of college, taking over the Tipton High School sophomore baseball team in the summer of 1987. He continued to coach Tipton baseball for the next four seasons as the head sophomore coach and assistant varsity coach.
Sturdy began coaching football in 1990 as a graduate assistant for St. Ambrose University while student teaching at Assumption High School. In the spring of 1991 Sturdy was named the director of facilities at St. Ambrose University. He then coached the secondary and special teams under Mike Woodley in 1992 and 1993 and was defensive coordinator in 1994.
In 1995 Sturdy was defensive coordinator at SAU under head coach Chuck Schrader. With seven games remaining in the season, Sturdy became interim head coach and was named the permanent head coach in December.
As a player, Sturdy was a quarterback for St. Ambrose University from 1987-90, earning his bachelor's degree in history education in 1990. In 1988 he was named the team's MVP, and as team captain in 1989, he received the coach's appreciation award.
Sturdy attended Tipton High School, where he played four sports and accumulated 14 varsity letters. He was named all-state as a quarterback and started at quarterback for the South team in the 1986 Shrine Bowl.
Sturdy and his wife Gina are the parents of sons Keegan Joseph, Carson, and daughter Kenzington.