Richard Burnoski, who spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant on Andy McCollum's staff, was elevated to Director of Football Operations in June 2005. Burnoski's new role will see him assisting the head coach with the day-to-day administration of the Blue Raider football program, overseeing the football budget, and serving as the Summer Football Camp Director. Burnoski will also act as the Director of High School Relations and Community Relations. Among his other duties, Burnoski will assist with the head coaches radio and television shows, coordinate all recruiting and the annual coaching clinic, while serving as the liason for the Blue and Silver Club, the NFL, and the compliance office. The Jacksonville, Fla., native made his presence felt in a big way in 2005 by signing highly touted players Alex Suber, Jordan Wilson, Eddie Brown, and Dale Galvin. Burnoski made his way to Murfreesboro after serving as head coach at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., from 2000 to 2003. Burnoski, who was Mandarin's offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999, is the winningest coach in school history and took MHS from last place in the district to district champs in just two years. During his head coaching tenure, Burnoski led MHS to three consecutive state top ten rankings, placed 34 players in the collegiate ranks, and had five high school all-Americans. Burnoski, who was the US Army All-American Bowl Coach in 2004 and the Team Florida Coach in 2001, 2002, and 2003, was crowned the FACA 6A District Coach of the Year in 2001. Burnoski, better known as "Coach Bruno," graduated from Eastern Oregon in 1996 where he was an Academic/Athletic All-American as a running back. He also earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior while serving as team captain his final year. Burnoski and his wife Nicole have two children: Brittany and Bruno.