With more than 30 years of decorated coaching and professional experience, Nugent brings a well-established wrestling pedigree to the institution, combined with an excellent track record of recruiting and developing high-quality student-athletes.
“All of Larry’s experience as a wrestler, coach, and mentor will serve him well,” said Dave Gillespie, Midland University Athletic Director. “To consistently compete for and win championships, you need exceptional leadership, which is why we have invested in Larry for this opportunity. His passion for skill-building and mentoring young men will be invaluable in our team’s successful development.”
Before his term at Bethany College, Nugent served as the Director of Development at USA Wrestling, tracking private donor support and corporate sponsorship revenue, as well as coordinating special events. In addition, Nugent worked as the Associate Producer and on-air talent with USA Broadcasting and USA Wrestling, working with sports media outlets including; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports, Oxygen Sports, and Public Television, earning NWMA Broadcaster of the Year in 2001.
“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our university’s wrestling program,” said Jody Horner, President of Midland University. “The addition of Lawrence Nugent to our campus is another example of the strategic momentum of relentless relevance to reassert Midland as a leading higher education institute. Larry shares and embraces our institutional values, and we are thrilled to welcome him as part of our Warrior family.”
Nugent’s coaching career ignited in 1980 as an Assistant Coach at Southern Oregon University where he led the eight-time, top-five NAIA team to one National Championship, produced nine individual National Champions, and twenty NAIA All-Americans over nine years.
Nugent has additionally served as the Head Wrestling Coach and Adjunct Instructor at Pacific University, where he produced 6 All-Americans. At Brigham Young University (BYU), Nugent led as the Assistant Wrestling Coach where he helped qualify two wrestlers to the NCAA D-I Championships, attained the first Conference Championship in several years, as well as produced 4 NCAA qualifiers.
Coach Nugent will begin recruiting for the 2019-20 Warrior Wrestling season at Midland immediately.