Andy Guyader arrived at West Point as a member of Rich Ellerson's original Army staff in January 2009. Guyader spent his first four seasons at Army mentoring the wide receivers before switching to his current position before the start of spring practice in 2013. Guyader is now responsible for the Black Knights' quarterbacks and fullbacks, as well as serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.
A graduate of Cal Poly who lettered at quarterback for the Mustangs between 1992 and 1996, Guyader spent the five years prior to his arrival at West Point on the staff at his alma mater. He mentored the Mustangs' wide receivers for five years, while also coaching Cal Poly's slotbacks during his last two seasons. He had been assigned the responsibility of both positions prior to the 2007 season.
Guyader performed one of the top teaching jobs in the country in 2009, playing a key role in the conversion of 6-10 Alejandro Villanueva from offensive tackle to receiver. Despite just a few weeks of spring drills and the preseason at the position, Villanueva finished the 2009 season as Army's leader in both receptions (34) and receiving yards (522). He was on the receiving end of all five of the Black Knights' touchdown passes.
Prior to arriving at West Point, Guyader was directly responsible for four of the six possible yardage-gainers on any play from scrimmage in Cal Poly's high-powered triple-option attack. He originally returned to Cal Poly as an offensive assistant in 2004, working with the offensive line and had been the wide receiver coach since 2005 before joining Ellerson at West Point.
Among the standout receivers tutored by Guyader were Ramses Barden, who earned multiple All-America citations in 2008, and Tre'Dale Tolver, another all-league performer. Barden, in particular, authored an eye-popping career under Guyader's teachings, finishing fourth in balloting for the Walter Payton Award in 2008. The honor is presented annually by The Sports Network to the top offensive player in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Barden completed his Cal Poly career with 206 catches for 4,203 yards and 50 touchdowns, all school records. He also owns the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a touchdown catch, both in the FCS and all-time (20) as well as most career games with a touchdown catch in the FCS and all-time (32). He ranks No. 13 all-time with 50 career touchdown receptions as well. He caught a pass in 44 of 46 games played as a Mustang and posted 16 career 100-yard receiving games, both school records. Barden was selected by the New York Giants with the 85th pick in the 2009 National Football League Draft.
During Guyader's stint at Cal Poly, the Mustangs finished 9-2 in 2004 and 9-4 in 2005, winning the first FCS playoff game in school history. The 2006 and 2007 Cal Poly squads finished with 7-4 records, while the Mustangs spent the majority of the 2008 season ranked in the Top 10 nationally of FCS before falling in the first round of the playoffs and closing at 8-3.
In addition to his on-field coaching duties, Guyader filled the role of Cal Poly's recruiting coordinator for the past five years and had the opportunity to lecture over 40 sections of 10 different courses in both architectural engineering and computer science courses at Cal Poly. Taking advantage of several workshops at Cal Poly's Center for Teaching and Learning, Guyader was able to implement multiple learner-based teaching techniques. These techniques maximize learner retention and aide in extending and refining knowledge both in the classroom and in position meetings.
A backup quarterback and special teams standout during his playing days at Cal Poly, Guyader graduated in 1997, earning a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering. He went on to study earthquake engineering and structural dynamics at California Institute of Technology and garnered a master's degree in civil engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2003.
Guyader began his coaching career in 2001, serving a three-year term as offensive coordinator at Pasadena Poly High School. He helped the team to the 2002 CIF championship and a school-record 35.7 points per game in 2003.
He is married to the former Brenda McAnulty, also a Cal Poly graduate. In 2007 the couple participated in the Team In Training marathon program, raising over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The couple has one daughter, Claire.