(Carlisle, Pa.) - Brad Fordyce enters his third season at the helm of the Red Devil football program. He came to Carlisle from Bucknell University and led the Red Devils to a 3-7 mark in 2017 and a 4-6 record last season. Injuries hampered the Red Devils in his first season as they found themselves without experienced personnel at key positions. The Red Devils evolved and battled through every game, highlighted by a last second win over Gettysburg to capture the coveted Little Brown Bucket. The Red Devils also thrilled the homecoming crowd with a thrilling 13-10 win over McDaniel. In 2018, they improved to 4-6 as Fordyce won his second straight rivalry match-up with the Bullets to keep the Bucket in Carlisle.
Fordyce joined the Bucknell staff in the winter of 2014 and worked closely with the Bison linebackers, producing six All-Patriot League LBs while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. He spent the previous seven years as the defensive coordinator at Susquehanna University, where he helped lead the Crusaders to a Liberty League title and an NCAA playoff appearance in 2009. He also assisted with the punting, punt return and kickoff teams, all coming on the heels of nine seasons with McDaniel College.
A 1997 graduate of Springfield College with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, Fordyce earned his master's degree in education from McDaniel College in 2001. Following graduation, Fordyce served as a strength and conditioning intern at Navy and coached the wide receivers and defensive backs at C. Milton Wright High School. He then joined the staff at McDaniel, where he filled a number of roles over the next nine years. He began his tenure as the head strength and conditioning coach while also mentoring the linebackers on a team that won five straight Centennial Conference championships and produced three All-Americans in that position group.
After five years, Fordyce took over as defensive coordinator and had the Green Terror ranked 26th in scoring defense in his first year in the new role. In 2004, McDaniel moved into the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and was 13th in total defense while allowing only two passing touchdowns all season.
Fordyce and his wife, Allison, have two sons, Tate and Nash, and a daughter, Grayce.