Scottie Hazelton, who helped North Dakota State to the 2011 FBC National Championship, is in his first year at Nevada as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He joined the Wolf Pack staff in January of 2013.
Hazelton came to Nevada after one season at USC where he coached linebackers for the Trojans. With the Trojans, Hazelton helped the USC defense improve in pass defense, pass efficiency defense and tackles for loss (eighth in the nation) and coached Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard to All-Pac 12 honors as sophomores.
Hazelton spent the previous five seasons at North Dakota State, the first three years handling the defensive line before moving up to the defensive coordinator role for the final two seasons.
North Dakota State won the FCS national championship in 2011 and the Bison defense ranked in the FCS Top 20 in six categories: first in scoring defense, eighth in turnover margin, 16th in pass efficiency defense, 17th in rushing defense, 19th in sacks and 20th in total defense.
In 2010, NDSU was seventh in scoring defense and turnover margin, 15th in pass efficiency defense and 19th in sacks as the team advanced to the FCS quarterfinals. In 2008, the Bison led the FCS in pass defense and ranked third in sacks, fifth in total defense and tackles for loss and 19th in scoring defense. In 2007, NDSU was 18th in defensive third down efficiency and 22nd in rushing defense.
Prior to North Dakota State, Hazelton coached linebackers at Michigan Tech in 2006, was the defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern in 2005 and one season at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
He began his coaching career at Fort Lewis College, his alma mater, handling the secondary for four seasons (1996-99) and serving as interim defensive coordinator in 1998. He then was a graduate assistant working with the safeties for two seasons (2000-01) at North Dakota State (the Bison advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2000).
A native of Brighton, Colo., Hazelton starred at Horizon High School before playing linebacker at Fort Lewis College, where he was a three-year letterwinner.
The File on Scott Hazelton
Born: Dec. 19, 1973.
Hometown: Brighton, Colo.
Family: Wife - Brooke, Daughters - Ava and Sophie, Son - Bode.
Bachelor's, Exercise Science, Fort Lewis College, 1997
2012: Linebackers, USC
2010-11: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers, North Dakota State
2007-09: Defensive Line, North Dakota State
2006: Linebackers, Michigan Tech
2004-05: Co-Defensive Coordinator, Missouri Southern State
2002-03: Defensive Backs, Saint Olaf
2000-01: Graduate Assistant, North Dakota State
1999: Secondary, Fort Lewis College
1998: Interim Defensive Coordinator/Secondary, Fort Lewis College
1996-97: Secondary, Fort Lewis College
Fort Lewis College: Lettered three times in football (LB).
Recruiting Area: TBA