Drew Nystrom joined the Tigers on the field during fall camp. He served as a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware last spring.
Nystrom, a former standout lineman at Bowling Green, previously served as a tight ends and offensive line assistant coach at Wabash College. Wabash College posted a 10-2 record and earned an undefeated North Coast Athletic Conference title in 2009.
The Little Giants, who were ranked as high as No. 2 nationally at one point during the season, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Five of Nystrom's players earned All-NCAC honors.
A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Nystrom earned four letters as an offensive tackle at Bowling Green from 2003-07, and led the team to a five-year mark of 38-24. Bowling Green garnered three Mid-American Conference titles and trips to the Motor City Bowl in 2003 and to the GMAC Bowl in 2004 and 2008. Nystrom started 34 career games and earned second team All-MAC honors as a senior in 2007.
Nystrom also was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team, was named to the MAC All-Academic first team in 2007, was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bowling Green Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. He also earned Bowling Green's Top Offensive Lineman Award as a senior in 2007.
Nystrom earned his degree in biology with honors from Bowling Green in December 2007.