Brian Polian

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Brian Polian
Polian at 2016 Mountain West Media Day
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1974-12-22) December 22, 1974 (age 41)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater John Carroll University
Baylor University
Playing career
1993–1996 John Carroll
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997 Michigan State (GA)
1998 Buffalo (TE/AOL)
1999–2000 Baylor (GA)
2001–2003 Buffalo (RB/ST)
2004 UCF (RB/RC)
2005 Notre Dame (ST/ADB)
2006 Notre Dame (ST/LBA)
2007 Notre Dame (ILB/ST)
2008–2009 Notre Dame (ST)
2010 Stanford (ST/S)
2011 Stanford (ST/S/RC)
2012 Texas A&M (ST/TE)
2013–2016 Nevada
Head coaching record
Overall 23–27
Bowls 1–1

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

Early life[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]

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career[edit]

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] On November 27, 2016 the University of Nevada, Reno and Polian agreed to part ways.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2013–2016)
2013 Nevada 4–8 3–5 5th (West)
2014 Nevada 7–6 4–4 3rd (West) L New Orleans
2015 Nevada 7–6 4–4 T–2nd (West) W Arizona
2016 Nevada 5–7 3–5 T–3rd (West)
Nevada: 23–27 13–18
Total: 23–27
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  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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