Scott Boone enters his second season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Nevada after leading a vastly improved Wolf Pack defense in year one of his tenure. Boone brought with him to Nevada a stellar ledger that includes head coaching experience and a strong run as one of the top coordinators at the FCS level.
After being a finalist for the 2013 FCS Coordinator of the Year Award at William & Mary, Boone arrived to Reno and immediately made a mark with a defense that improved nearly across the board in 2014. After averaging 34.4 points and 505.3 yards allowed per game in 2013, Boone’s inaugural Wolf Pack defense improved to 27.2 points and 447.1 yards allowed. Nevada’s defense helped the team post a 7-5 record, return the Fremont Cannon to Reno and qualify to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Statistically, Nevada improved in scoring defense, rushing defense, total defense, sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, fumbles recovered, third down and red zone defense in Boone’s first season. Part of Boone’s and Nevada’s mantra in 2014 was recovering turnovers as the Pack ranked 11th nationally in turnover margin. Boone’s defense ranked first in the conference in turnover margin and fumbles recovered while ranking fourth in interceptions.
Boone coached five student-athletes to All-Mountain West honors in 2014. Senior DE Brock Hekking and junior DE Ian Seau, who ranked fourth in the MW in sacks per game, were named to the all-conference second team. Senior LB Jonathan McNeal, senior CB Charles Garrett and junior DE Rykeem Yates earned honorable mention honors.
One of Boone’s top defensive efforts in 2014 game in his second game at Nevada – a primetime matchup against Washington State’s air raid offense on ESPN. The Pack held the Cougars to 13 points in a 24-13 victory before WSU went on to average 31.8 points per game in the Pac-12. Nevada’s defense held Southern Utah, Washington State, San Jose State, Hawai’i and San Diego State to under 20 points in Wolf Pack victories. Boone and Nevada held Louisiana Lafayette to 16 points in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in a losing effort.
Boone graduated six starters on defense, but will return six starters and 22 letter winners for the 2015 season.
Boone came to Nevada after a successful 10-year tenure at William and Mary, where he was a finalist for the FCS Coordinator of the Year award after guiding the Tribe defense to No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense and No. 8 nationally in total defense along with the 15th spot in third-down defense in the FCS.
A veteran coach with more than 30 years of experience, Boone was William and Mary's defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and the linebackers coach for the past seven years. He also coached defensive backs for three seasons with the Tribe.
In addition to the national rankings, William and Mary led the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense (305.1 ypg), scoring defense (14.0 ppg) and third-down defense (33 percent). The Tribe was second in the Colonial in rushing defense at 117.7 yards per game allowed and also finished second in passing defense at 187.4 yards per game. The Tribe also was second in red-zone defense and fourth in the conference in sacks.
Prior to his seven seasons at William and Mary, Boone was the head coach for seven seasons at Randolph-Macon, compiling a record of 37-33, including a 22-18 ledger in conference action. In 1997, Boone guided the Yellow Jackets to a share of the ODAC title, going 4-1 in league play and 8-2 overall, and garnered Richmond Touchdown Club and VaSID Small College Coach of the Year honors.
While at RMC, Boone coached 34 players to First-Team All-ODAC honors in his seven seasons. Also, 14 team and individual school records were broken under Boone.
Prior to his stint at RMC, Boone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1983 to 1996. In Boone's 14 years as an assistant, Wabash posted an 81-38-2 record.
In addition to his football duties, Boone was the head baseball coach at Wabash from 1986 to 1997, compiling a career record of 231-219 on the diamond, which ranks him as the school's all-time coaching wins leader.
Boone is a member of the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame and was honored in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to the program.
In addition to his bachelor's degree from Wabash, Boone holds a Master's of Science - Education in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University, which he received in 1999.
He married to the former Jessica Spadafora in 2010, and the couple resides in Reno with their sons James William Boone and Nicholas Salvatore Boone, who was born the day before Nevada’s game at Arizona in 2014. Boone also has a son, Nathan, 20, and a daughter, Delaney, 14.
The File on Scott Boone
Born: May 9, 1959
Hometown: Veedersburg, Ind.
Family: Wife – Jessica. Sons, Nathan, James and Nicholas; Daughter – Delaney.
Education: Bachelor's, Economics, Wabash, 1981. Master’s, Science Education, Purdue, 1999.
Recruiting Area: San Diego; Mid-Atlantic.
2014-: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, Nevada
2011-13: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, William and Mary
2007-10: Linebackers, William and Mary
2004-06: Defensive Backs, William and Mary
1997-03: Head Coach, Randolph-Macon
1983-96: Assistant Coach, Wabash
Three-sport starter in football (wide receiver), basketball (guard) and baseball (centerfielder) at Wabash
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