Bill Bryand graduated from Bemidji State in 1985 with a
degree in physical education. While at BSU, Bill was a four-year standout on
the football team, serving as co-captain his junior and senior seasons. He was the
annual team tackle leader all four years and the annual pass defense leader his
junior year. He holds the BSU career record for solo tackles (146), season (94) and
career assisted tackles (326) and season and career total
tackles at 139 and 472. His junior year he was selected as the Defensive MVP
and Team MVP, the St. Paul Pioneer Press MVP and made the All-Conference team. His
senior year also garnered him honors, including being named NIC Player of the
Week twice and Defensive Player of the Year.
Following graduation, Bill began a teaching and coaching
career that has spanned 21 years. He has since earned his masters degree in
education and principal licensure, both from St. Mary’s University. Bill taught in the Minneapolis school system for over 20 years focusing on physical education for grades K-5.
He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Nicole and
Breanna, and make their home in Blaine, Minn.