Tyler Almond recently completed his fifth season on the Sacramento State coaching staff and his third coaching Hornet linebackers.
This past season, Almond mentored Darnell Sankey who became the first player in Sacramento State's Div. I era to earn consensus All-America honors. Sankey was was recognized by STATS, Inc., the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the AFCA. He as also a first team all-Big Sky selection after finishing second in the FCS and first in the Big Sky with 153 total tackles. The senior's total was the second most in school history, placing him just one off the record set by Ryland Wickman in 1997. Along with 57 solo tackles, Sankey also had 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups and forced a fumble. During the year, he had at least 10 tackles in nine of the team's 11 games, including setting the school record with 27 stops at Weber State. That performance was also the most by an FCS player during the year.
in 2014, Almond coached a pair of all-Big Sky linebackers in Sankey and Henry Fernandez. Sankey was named to the second team and was among the nation's elite until a knee injury derailed his season. He finished the year ranked seventh in the FCS and third in the Big Sky with 11.0 tackles per game. Sankey also had at least 10 tackles in all seven complete games in which he played, including a career high 21 against Montana State. He finished the year with 99 tackles, eight for loss, forced two fumbles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Fernandez was an honorable mention all-league selection after leading the team with 106 stops. He had at least 11 tackles in each of the final three games.
During the 2013 season, linebacker Todd Davis was named to the all-Big Sky Conference first team. Davis led the league and ranked fifth nationally with 10.9 tackles per game. His 131 total tackles were the first most in school history while his 351 career tackles placed him second in the Hornet record book. True freshman Russell Smith ranked second on the team with 78 stops while starting all 12 games.
In 2012, Almond coached Davis and Jeff Badger to honorable mention all-Big Sky honors. Davis led the team with 103 tackles, including 13.5 for loss. Jeff Badger concluded his career with 79 total stops giving him 206 for his career. That total places him 13th on the Sacramento State career list.
During his first year with the program, Almond served as a defensive assistant where he primarily assisted with the defensive line. Among the players he coached was defensive end Zack Nash who earned All-America honors, was a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection and a Buck Buchanan Award finalist. Nash left Sacramento State as the school's all-time leader in sacks and signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
A native of Northern California, Almond most recently was the running backs coach at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. While with the Wolverines, Almond assisted in the development of the weekly offensive game plan, implemented practice drills and oversaw the kick returners on special teams. In his first year with the team, Sierra won the Valley Conference championship and he coached running back Deonte Williams to all-conference honors.
Almond previously served as a varsity assistant coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento from 2006-08. In that role, he coached linebackers, running backs and special teams. He was also in charge of opponent scouting and assisted in the strength and conditioning for the Falcons.
In his four years, he coached one Sierra Valley Conference MVP, two SVC Defensive Players of the Year and 13 first team all-SVC selections.
Almond graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2009. He earned his master's in athletic administration from Concoria in 2014. Tyler and his wife, Marissa, were married in July of 2012. The couple welcomed their first child, Genevieve, in November of 2015.
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