Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Last updated on April 2, 2014
David Stenklyft beings his third season as the defensive graduate assistant coach for the Fresno State football team. Stenklyft helps coach the Bulldog outside linebackers and he also assists the defensive coaches with game preparation, film breakdown, scouting and practice plans.
Stenklyft has helped Fresno State rank in the top 10 in the FBS in sacks in each of the past two seasons. The Bulldogs and Stanford are the only schools in the country that have done just that.
In 2013, Stenklyft played a key role in the emergence of outside linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, who was a second-team All-Mountain West selection. With 10 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss that year, Ederaine ranked in a tie for 17th nationally and third in the MW in sacks and 27th nationally and third again in the league in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Fresno State's other outside linebacker, who has started there both seasons under Stenklyft, is Donavon Lewis. Lewis combined to post nine sacks and 19.0 tackles for a loss over his sophomore and junior seasons.
Stenklyft came to Fresno State from Texas A&M where he was the defensive quality control coach for the past two seasons under now Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter and defensive coordinator Nick Toth. With the Aggies, Stenklyft was responsible for game preparation, scouting and opponent breakdowns as well as working with the outside linebacker's.
Prior to his two seasons at A&M, Stenklyft served as the recruiting/operations intern at the University of Alabama in the Spring of 2010. He was also a student-assistant for the Texas A&M football team from 2006-10.
Stenklyft graduated from Texas A&M in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He was born on April 22, 1987 in Tyler, Texas and is married to the former Patti Kitt.