One of the staff’s hardest working and brightest young coaching minds, Brendan Nugent has also proven to be one the program’s most versatile. In taking over responsibility for the team’s running backs, Nugent will be overseeing his third position group in his four seasons on campus.
Despite being on campus for a relatively short time, he has helped develop some outstanding talent. In his first year (2007), he helped groom NFL free agent and all-american TE, Drew Atchison. During the 2008 campaign, Nugent worked with the team’s wide outs and mentored D.J. McAulay to All-CAA recognition, while this past season, he helped Rob Varno earn second-team all-conference honors at tight end.
Nugent was exposed to the collegiate coaching game by working as the offensive undergraduate assistant on Kirk Ferentz’s staff at the University of Iowa during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In this position, Nugent worked directly with Iowa offensive coordinator, Ken O’Keefe, assisting him with day-to-day and game day operations.
Aside from his on-field work with Iowa’s offense and the defensive scout teams, some of his additional responsibilities included playbook and opponent scouting preparation and extensive work with editing instructional footage on the team’s XOS Sagio Video System.
His first job in the coaching ranks came at Archbishop Stepinac High School in his hometown of White Plains, N.Y., where he served as the Crusaders’ linebacker coach for the 2004 season.
As a player, Nugent lettered three seasons at linebacker at Catholic University of America. He went onto earn his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Iowa in December of 2006.
Nugent is single and resides in Williamsburg.