Wilder Hires Richard Nagy to coach the Secondary
Dec. 20, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University football head coach Bobby Wilder has named Richard Nagy assistant coach in charge of the secondary, Wilder announced on Friday.
"I am excited to be reunited and coaching again with Rich Nagy. He and I worked together at Maine from 2001-2005. We won back-to-back championships in 2001 and 2002 with Rich as the defensive coordinator and me as the offensive coordinator. I have watched up close his ability to teach technique and make adjustments on game day which will benefit our defense immediately," Wilder said. "This past season Rich was the defensive coordinator at Western Michigan. In his only season as the D.C., he took a defense that was 12th in total defense in 2011 to fifth in total defense in 2012 in the Mid-American Conference. He has tremendous experience with defense, special teams and recruiting that I know will be a benefit to our program moving forward."
Nagy joins ODU after spending the last three years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Western Michigan.
"I'm just real excited to join the ODU football family. This is an exciting time in the program and I'm thrilled to be a part of it," Nagy said. "I've known Coach Wilder for a long time, he's a good friend and I'm excited to work with him again."
Prior to his time with the Broncos, Nagy was the defensive coordinator at Hofstra for a year and at the No. 26 ranked defense in the country.
Nagy, a native of Fairfield, Connecticut, came to Hofstra from Murray State University in Kentucky where he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Racers from December 2005 through the 2008 season. His Murray State defense allowed just 328.4 yards per game in his last season and linebacker Nate Williams was named to both the Walter Camp and Associated Press All-American first teams, was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, voted All- Ohio Valley Conference's (OVC) first team and selected the OVC Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to Murray State, Nagy spent five seasons (2001-2005) at CAA-member, Maine as defensive coordinator, linebackers and secondary coach. During his tenure the Black Bears: ranked among the top four teams in defense in four of his five seasons; captured back-to-back Atlantic 10 co-championships and advanced to the NCAA FCS Playoff quarterfinals in both 2001 and 2002; recorded a school record 11 victories in 2002; posted the first two playoff wins in school history; tallied the first victory over a FBS opponent, downing Mississippi State, 9-7, in 2004; and Black Bear players received All-Atlantic 10 honors 21 times. In 2002 Maine led the Atlantic 10 in defense, allowing just 267.6 yards per game and 15.4 points per outing, with both ranking ninth in the country. American Football Monthly named Nagy the FCS Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2002.
A standout running back at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut from 1983 through 1987 and most valuable player in 1986, Nagy began his coaching career as a part-time secondary coach at Trinity following graduation. In 1988 he served as a graduate-assistant coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, working with the inside linebackers, before moving on to Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1989 as a graduate-assistant working with the outside linebackers. The Dutchmen of Union advanced to the 1989 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the Division III Championship Game.
Nagy spent the next two seasons as outside linebackers coach and assisted with the special teams units at the University of Maine. In the spring of 1992 he began five-year tenure at Allegheny as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in his final year there. During that time the Gators captured three North Coast Athletic Conference titles and made three Division III Playoff appearances.
In February 1997, Nagy moved on to the University of South Dakota as special teams coordinator and secondary coach for one season before coming back east to start a three-year stint at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach during the 1998 season, secondary coach and recruiting coordinator in 1999, and recruiting coordinator in 2000 before moving back to Maine in the spring of 2001.