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Kyle Nystrom
Position: Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Alma Mater: Michigan State University
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (989) 774-3896
Email: kyle.nystrom@cmich.edu
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Kyle Nystrom
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 01/06/2012

The linebacker position has been an area of strength for Central Michigan during Kyle Nystrom’s first three seasons on the coaching staff.

In 2012, Justin Cherocci and Shamari Benton emerged as consistent forces on the Central Michigan defense.

Cherocci led CMU and ranked fifth in the MAC and 19th nationally with 132 total tackles. He was also the nation’s leader in assisted tackles with 89. Cherocci recorded double digit stops in seven games and was the Chippewas’ leading tackler in six, earning CMU Co-Defensive Player of the Year recognition.




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Benton ranked second on the team, No. 7 in the MAC, and 24th nationally with 126 total tackles and topped CMU in solo stops (54) and fumble recoveries. He tallied five double-digit tackle games and led the CMU defense in tackles in seven games. Benton received Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game honors after leading CMU with nine tackles in the 24-21 win over Western Kentucky.

Seven different linebackers started at least one game for the Chippewas in 2011, with four individuals recording at least 50 tackles: Armond Staten (67), Mike Petrucci (62), Shamari Benton (58) and Cody Lopez (58). Lopez started five games and played in 10 contests as a true freshman in 2011.

Petrucci was honored twice by his teammates during his senior season. He was elected as one of four co-captains prior to the start of the 2011 season, then was named the recipient of the Kurt Dobronski Award by his teammates following the season.

Nystrom mentored a pair of All-Mid-American Conference first team linebackers in his first season at CMU.

Matt Berning and Nick Bellore both were all-conference first team selections after finishing with 102 and 90 tackles, respectively. Berning led the Chippewas in total tackles, tackles for loss (13) and sacks (four). Bellore, meanwhile, was named to the All-MAC first team for the third straight season and finished third on CMU’s career tackles list (472). Bellore currently is a key special teams player and back-up linebacker for the NFL’s New York Jets.

Nystrom has more than 20 years of experience coaching on the defensive side of the ball. He was the defensive coordinator at Fort Hays State in 2009 after spending the 2006-08 seasons as the assistant head coach at North Dakota State. Nystrom also filled the role of defensive running game coordinator at NDSU.

Nystrom coached the linebackers during his time at North Dakota State, including 2007 All-American and 2008 NFL Draft pick Joe Mays. During his first two seasons at NDSU, the Bison posted an overall record of 20-2 and allowed an average of just 96.9 yards per game rushing.

Nystrom was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at DePauw in 2005 after coaching linebackers at TCU from 2002-04. In his first season with the Horned Frogs, Nystrom coached All-America linebacker LaMarcus McDonald. The 2002 Horned Frogs led all of Division I-A in total defense (240.3 ypg allowed) and rushing defense (64.8 ypg). He was part of a coaching staff that led TCU to the 2002 Liberty Bowl and 2003 Fort Worth Bowl.

Prior to TCU, Nystrom spent 13 seasons (1989-2001) at Western Michigan. He was the special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach his final six seasons at Western Michigan, helping lead the Broncos to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game in 1999 and 2000.

Nystrom’s coaching career began as a student assistant at Michigan State under head coach George Perles in 1983. He spent the 1988 season as a graduate assistant at Northern Michigan before moving on to Western Michigan. Nystrom is a 1988 graduate of Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in political science/criminal justice.

Nystrom and his wife, Cherise, are parents of a son, Logan, and two daughters, Tellena and Eva.


The Nystrom File
1988 Northern Michigan University Graduate Assistant/Wide Receivers
1989 Western Michigan University Graduate Assistant/Defense
1990 Western Michigan University Outside Linebackers/Punters
1991-1995 Western Michigan University Outside Linebackers
1996-2001 Western Michigan University Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
2002-2004 Texas Christian University Linebackers
2005 Depauw University Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2006-2008 North Dakota State University Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Running Game Coordinator/Linebackers
2009 Fort Hays State University Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
2010-Present Central Michigan University Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers