With Travis Bush gone to coach under Larry Coker at Texas-San Antonio’s fledgling football program, Texas State head coach Brad Wright has turned to an experienced Southland Conference hand as his new quarterbacks coach and offensive co-coordinator.
The Bobcats have brought in Slade Nagle, the former McNeese State quarterback and Northwestern State offensive coordinator. Nagle worked in 2009 as an administrative intern on the Louisiana State football staff after three years at Northwestern State.
“We are very happy to have Slade join our staff,” Wright said. “He is a person who has been there and done that as a player and coach in the Southland Conference. He has begun handling the transition of learning our offense and has a couple of ideas on how we might fine tune some of the things we do.”
In three years at Northwestern State, Nagle served as an offensive coordinator his last season after coaching quarterbacks and calling offensive plays from the press box the previous year. He joined the Demons’ staff in 2006 as a receivers coach after serving as a quarterbacks coach at Dodge City Community College. His first stint at Northwestern State came in 2002 and 2003. The Demons reached the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2002.
Nagle began his coaching career after establishing himself as one of the top passers in McNeese State’s history, leading the Cowboys to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in each of the final two seasons as a starting quarterback. Nagle ended his career in 2000 with 4,596 yards and 35 touchdowns in three seasons after transferring from Clemson.
Nagle set McNeese State’s career record with a completion percentage of 57.8 percent (378-653) of his passes. He also led the Southland Conference with a 56.8 completion percentage, 16 touchdown passes and 2,222 yards passing in 2000. As a senior, he led the Cowboys to a Southland Conference championship and threw for a single-game, career-best 331 yards against Northwestern State.
“His experience as a player and coach will help our players elevate their play,” Wright said.
Nagle played at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, LA, where he earned All-American honors after setting school records of 4,359 yards and 39 touchdowns before signing with Clemson.
Nagle will coach five Texas State quarterbacks who are vying to replace record-setting passer Bradley George. The front runner is sophomore Tim Hawkins, who took several snaps last season. Also returning from 2009 are redshirt freshman Eric Soza, junior Alvaro Garcia and senior Brian Hill. Texas State also signed one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation with the addition of Tyler Arndt from Cuero High School on Feb. 3.