Co-Head Wrestling Coach
Clay Nagel was hired in August
of 2004 as the co-head coach for the Cobber wrestling team. He was then
named as full-time head coach in December of 2004. His first season as
head coach will be the 2005-06 season.
Nagel is a well-traveled
wrestling veteran that brings a wealth of top-level experience to the program.
For the past 17 years he has been the head coach at Frazee High School.
While under the tutelage of Nagel, the Hornets won three Minnesota state
championships and 13 section titles. He was named the Minnesota State High
School Class "A" Coach of the Year in 1999. He has also been named the
Region Coach of the Year seven times and the Sub-Section Coach of the Year
on six different occasions. In 1999 he was elected the President of the
Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association.
During his high school coaching
career he has compiled a 314-69-2 record in dual matches. He has coached
137 state entrants, 64 state placers, 32 state finalists and 17 individual
state champions. He has coached seven high school All-Americans and three
of his wrestlers went on to become college All-Americans.
Before coaching at Frazee,
he was the head coach at Beach High School in Beach, N.D. During his tenure
at Beach, the team won the region title in 1987.
A native of New Salem, N.D.,
Nagel attended Bismarck Junior College and Dickinson State where he flourished
as a collegiate wrestler. He was a two-time All-American and the NAIA region
champ in 1980-81. While at Bismarck Junior College, Nagel competed as a
member of the 1979 Jr. Pan-American team that wrestled in Ecuador.
After graduating from Dickinson
State in 1979 with a degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation,
he went on to take the head job at Beach High School.
Besides his outstanding high
school record, he has also coached on the national and international level.
From 1996-98 he was the assistant coach of the Minnesota USA Cadet Freestyle
and Greco-Roman National Teams. In 1999-2000 he was the assistant coach
of the junior Greco-Roman National Team. He then went on to become head
coach of the junior Greco-Roman team from 2002-04.
Besides his coaching duties
at Frazee, he was also taught physical education and social studies teaching
staff. He was nominated for the Frazee/Vergas Teacher of the Year five
different times and won the award in 2001.
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