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    Ryan Nielsen

    Defensive Line/Run-Game Coordinator for Defense

    1st season

    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


    Spring Football Practice

    Photos from the first day of spring practice

    Ryan Nielsen
    (Southern California `02)
    Defensive Line/Run-Game Coordinator for Defense
    10th 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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