Bruning named USD offensive line coach

Bruning named USD offensive line coach Scott Bruning has been named the offensive line coach at The University of South Dakota, according to head football coach John Austin.

Bruning, originally from Vermillion, most recently was the offensive line coach at the University of South Florida (2000 season) in Tampa, FL. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Augustana College (1986) where he was a four-year starter at offensive center from 1983-86.

Bruning, whose parents are Marsha and Wayne Brunning of Vermillion, was a coach for the Wyoming Cowboys during their two Copper Bowl appearances in 1990 and 1993.

"I'm pleased to be able to hire an individual with the experience that Scott has," Austin said. "Scott is an excellent teacher and will be an outstanding recruiter for The University of South Dakota."

From 1996-2000, Bruning was the offensive coordinator at Southwest Texas State University and he served as offensive coordinator at Southwest State University in 1996.

Bruning was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wyoming from 1990-96. During his tenure at Wyoming, the Cowboys won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 1993. Bruning has coached several outstanding student-athletes, including the 1993 WAC Freshman of the Year, Steve Scifres, who was a second round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1996; as well as Jason Bartlett, an offensive tackle, who signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 1995. He also coached and recruited Jay Korth, a first team all-WAC selection and NCAA post graduate scholarship recipient.

At Wyoming, Bruning was on the offensive staff that was responsible for one of the most potent offenses in the nation during 1993-95. Wyoming was 14th, 10th and 12th in the nation in total offense from 1993 to 1995.

During 1993, Wyoming became only the fourth school in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver. Bruning was the offensive line coach at Wyoming while all-time leading rusher Ryan Christopherson played for the Cowboys.

In 1996, Bruning was the offensive coordinator for the Southwest State team that produced the NSIC leader in total offense. Bruning also coached the offensive line that paved the way for Claude Mathis of Southwest Texas to become the Southland Football League's all-time leading rusher.

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