Brian Polian

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Brian Polian
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Nevada
Conference Mountain West
Record 11–14
Biographical details
Born (1974-12-22) December 22, 1974 (age 40)
The Bronx, New York
Alma mater John Carroll University
Baylor University
Playing career
1993–1996 John Carroll
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997
1998
1999–2000
2001–2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008–2009
2010
2011
2012
2013–Present
Michigan State (GA)
Buffalo (TE/AOL)
Baylor (GA)
Buffalo (RB/ST)
UCF (RB/RC)
Notre Dame (ST/ADB)
Notre Dame (ST/LBA)
Notre Dame (ILB/ST)
Notre Dame (ST)
Stanford (ST/S)
Stanford (ST/S/RC)
Texas A&M (ST/TE)
Nevada
Head coaching record
Overall 11–14
Bowls 0–1
Statistics
Accomplishments and honors
Championships

Brian Stewart Polian (born December 22, 1974) is the head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team. He is the son of former NFL executive Bill Polian.

Career[edit]

Born in The Bronx, Polian graduated from Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York, near Buffalo, in 1993.[1] He attended John Carroll University near Cleveland, where he played on the football team as a linebacker from 1993 to 1996. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1997.[2] Polian began his coaching career in 1997 as a graduate assistant at Michigan State. In 1998, he was the tight ends and offensive line assistant at the University at Buffalo. In 1999 and 2000, Polian was a defensive graduate assistant at Baylor under Kevin Steele. Polian graduated from Baylor with a master's degree in 2000.[2]

Polian returned to Buffalo in 2001 as running backs coach and special teams coordinator, serving until 2003 all under coach Jim Hofher.[2] In 2004, he was assistant coach at the same positions at UCF under George O'Leary. From 2005 to 2009, Polian was special teams coordinator at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis. He also served as defensive backs coach in 2005, linebackers coach in 2006, and inside linebackers coach in 2007.[2] Notre Dame made three bowl appearances during Polian's tenure, including a win in the 2008 Hawaii Bowl.

He then was special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Stanford from 2010 to 2011 and was also recruiting coordinator in 2011.[2] Part of Jim Harbaugh's staff in 2010, Polian remained at Stanford under succeeding coach David Shaw. Stanford won the 2011 Orange Bowl after the 2010 season. In 2012, Polian was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, which won the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic that season.[2]

On January 11, 2013, the University of Nevada, Reno hired Polian as football head coach.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Nevada 4–8 3–5 5th (West)
2014 Nevada 7–6 4–4 3rd (West) L New Orleans
Nevada: 11–14 7–9
Total: 11–14
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schlabach, Mark (June 11, 2014). "Nevada has a new face at head coach". ESPN. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Brian Polian". Nevada Wolf Pack. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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