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Polian announces new assistant coaches

RENO, Nev. - Nevada football coach Brian Polian announced new members of his coaching staff during a press conference at Legacy Hall on Friday. The veteran staff includes two former FBS head coaches and two others with some NFL experience.

"I could not be happier about the staff we have been able to assemble over the last couple of weeks as we have recruited some outstanding teachers and recruiters to come on board with us," Polian said. "More importantly, the men that we have brought into the Nevada football family are all quality people. I have no doubt that they will all have a positive effect on all phases of our program. The chemistry between the coaches that we were fortunate enough to retain and the new members of the staff has been excellent, and I am looking forward to working alongside this staff for a long time to come."

he staff includes five newcomers to the Wolf Pack program. Scottie Hazelton will serve as Nevada's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and comes to the Pack from USC. Former Cornell and Buffalo head coach Jim Hofher will be the team's assistant head coach and will coach the wide receivers. Former Eastern Michigan head coach Jeff Genyk comes to Nevada from Cal and will serve as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Former Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Ron Hudson is a veteran offensive line coach who will coach the front for the Pack. Bill Teerlinck comes to Nevada after a five-year run as a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis Colts and will head up the defensive line.

They will join a group of three coaches who will continue their careers at Nevada in offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich, tight ends coach James Spady and Mike Bradeson, who will coach safeties and serve as the recruiting coordinator. Additionally, longtime coach and administrator Ken Wilson will remain with the program and will serve as the assistant athletics director for football operations. Andy Vaughn will continue in his role as the director of player personnel.

The Wolf Pack still has one open spot on the coaching staff, coaching cornerbacks on the defensive side of the ball. Polian said that spot will likely be filled next month.

2013 Nevada Football Coaching Staff


Jim Hofher

A veteran coach with more than three decades in the collegiate ranks, Jim Hofher is in his first year as Nevada's assistant head coach. He will also coach the Wolf Pack's wide receivers. He joined the Wolf Pack staff in January of 2013, and the 2013 season will mark his 33rd year of coaching college football.

Hofher has served as a head coach twice during his career, leading the University of Buffalo for five seasons in 2001-05 and Cornell University for eight seasons in 1990-97. He holds the highest winning percentage by a coach in Cornell's modern history and he led Buffalo to the program's first-ever wins over opponents from the Big East (Rutgers and UConn), Conference USA (Central Florida) and independent schools (Army).

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Nick Rolovich

One of the top passing minds in the country, Nick Rolovich returns for year two of his Nevada tenure and will assume all aspects of the offensive control for the Wolf Pack as he serves as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

In 2012, Rolovich helped Cody Fajardo develop into one of the top young quarterbacks in the nation as Fajardo completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns and running for 1,121 yards and 12 more scores.

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Scott Hazelton

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.

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). He also coached Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard to All-Pac 12 honors as sophomores.

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Jeff Genyk

A former FBS head coach, Jeff Genyk is in his first season on the Nevada coaching staff and will oversee the special teams and running backs. He joined the Wolf Pack coaching staff in January of 2013.

Genyk, who was the head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2003-08, spent the past three seasons at Cal, serving as the Bears' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. While in Berkeley, Genyk led dramatic improvement with the Cal special teams units, including back-to-back first-team All-Pac 12 selections at kicker and punter.

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Ron Hudson

A veteran offensive line coach with more than 20 years of experience, Ron Hudson is in his first season at Nevada and serves as the Wolf Pack's offensive line coach. He joined the Wolf Pack staff in January of 2013. The 2013 season will mark Hudson's 25th season of collegiate coaching and his 18th coaching the offensive front.

Hudson comes to Nevada after one season as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Massachusetts. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity at Nevada's Mountain West foe, New Mexico.

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James Spady

James Spady enters his fourth season in Reno coming off a strong 2012 that saw Nevada produce one of the top tight ends in the conference in Mackey Award semifinalist Zach Sudfeld. Spady will also continue to assist with the offensive line.

Spady and the Pack return a pair of experienced tight ends in seniors Kolby Arendse and Stephen Jeffers in 2013 to go along with a host of young, promising talent.

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Bill Teerlinck

An energetic coach with experience at the college and NFL levels, Bill Teerlinck begins his first season at Nevada and will head up the Wolf Pack's defensive front.

Teerlinck comes to Nevada after a five-year stint as a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis Colts. During his time there, Teerlinck worked with a defensive line that saw Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis each selected to four Pro Bowls. He also assisted the Colts with special teams.

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Mike Bradeson

Mike Bradeson returns for the fourth year of his second tenure in Reno and the veteran coach will tutor the team's safeties and move into the role of recruiting coordinator in 2013.

A noted recruiter and secondary technician, Bradeson developed Duke Williams into a two-time all-conference selection for the Wolf Pack. Williams finished his career in 2012 as one of the top 10 tacklers in school history.

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