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    Ryan  Nielsen

    Defensive Line/Run-Game Coordinator for Defense

    Alma Mater:
    Southern Cal '02


    Mic'd Up: Ryan Nielsen takes you behind the scenes during the Pack's spring practice


    One-On-One: Ryan Nielsen sits down with Pack's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator


    Nielsen Joins Wolfpack Staff

    Former All-Pac 10 player will coach defensive line and serve as recruiting coordinator


    Get an inside look during a Pack practice with defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen

    Get an inside look during a Pack practice with defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen.


    The Pack's defensive line talk about their position coach

    Get to know defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen from the perspective of those who know him best: his players.


    Spring Football Practice

    Photos from the first day of spring practice

    Ryan Nielsen
    (Southern California `02)
    Defensive Line/Run-Game Coordinator for Defense
    11th year in coaching

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Played defensive lineman at Southern California where he was an All-Pac 10 Conference selection as a sophomore. Recorded a career-best 39 tackles in 1999. Current NC State head coach Dave Doeren was a grad assistant at USC when Nielsen was a player; Professional - Signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, then played one season of Arena Football with the Los Angeles Avengers.

    EDUCATION: Earned a B.A. from Southern California in 2002.

    PERSONAL DATA: Born in Los Angeles on March 20, 1979.

    BOWL EXPERIENCE: As a coach - 2013 Orange Bowl, 2012 Bowl; As a player - 1998 Sun Bowl, 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.

    CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2012 Northern Illinois, 2011 Northern Illinois, 2009 Central Connecticut State.

    OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: As a coach - In both of his seasons at Northern Illinois, the Huskies won the MAC Championship. Helped team to the 2012 Bowl and the 2013 Orange Bowl. A pair of defensive lineman from Northern Illinois were first-team All-MAC selections in 2012, Sean Progar and Alan Baxter, while Nabal Jefferson was a National Scholar-Athlete and finalist for 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy. In 2011, coached Progar and Ron Newcomb to All-MAC honors. In his one season at UT-Martin, defensive end Tim Cox earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2010. In two seasons at Central Conn. State, he coached a pair of all-conference honorees in 2008 league sack leader Ray Saunders and 2009 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, Lawton Arnold. Began coaching career coaching defensive line at Mississippi (2005-07). His pupils included future NFL player Jayme Mitchell, freshman All-American Marcus Tillman, 2007 SEC sack leader Greg Hardy, and 2009 NFL first round pick Peria Jerry.

    Ryan Nielsen's Coaching Career

    Year(s) Team Position
    2004 Idaho Assistant coach
    2005-07 Mississippi Defensvie Line
    2008-09 Central Connecticut St. Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line/Linebackers
    2010 Tennessee-Martin Defensive Line/Special Teams
    2011 Northern Illinois Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
    2012 Northern Illinois Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line/Recruiting Coor.
    2013 NC State Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

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