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Slade Nagle Season 2024

Slade Nagle
Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Lake Charles, La.
Alma Mater
McNeese (2001)

Slade Nagle, the son of former LSU football player John Nagle, joined the Tiger coaching staff in January of 2024 and serves as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Nagle coached at LSU in 2009 when he worked with the Tiger special teams.

Nagle returns to LSU after an 8-year stint at Tulane, a stretch where he helped the Green Wave to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. In 2023, Nagle served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Green Wave and was appointed interim head coach for Tulane’s bowl game against Virginia Tech. Tulane recorded an 11-3 mark in 2023 securing the first back-to-back 10-win seasons in program history.

Nagle coached the Tulane tight ends for seven years from 2016-22, a span that saw the Green Wave appear in four bowl games. In 2022, the Green Wave had arguably the finest season in school history as they finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation and tied a school-record with 12 victories. Tulane’s 12th win came in the Cotton Bowl when they defeated No. 8 Southern Cal, 46-45.

Tulane won the American Athletic Conference in 2022 and then reached the AAC Championship Game in 2023. The Green Wave played in three consecutive bowl games from 2018-20, a first in school history.

As offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2023, Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt was named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

In perhaps the biggest win in Tulane history – the victory over Southern Cal in the Cotton Bowl – Nagle’s tight end Alex Bauman hauled in a 6-yard TD pass with nine seconds remaining to tie the game.

In eight years on the Tulane Staff, the Green Wave topped the 5,000-yard mark for total offense four times and had another three seasons with at least 4,600 yards. Tulane tight ends were consistently among the Tulane leaders in the passing game during that span.

Nagle, a native of Lake Charles and a graduate of McNeese, previously served on the LSU coaching staff in 2009 when he worked with the special teams.

Prior to Tulane, Nagle served as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for four seasons at his alma mater, McNeese State, and helped the team to a combined record of 33-13 including a pair of 10-win seasons and two Football Championships Subdivision (FCS) playoff appearances.

During Nagle’s final season at McNeese State, the Cowboys posted a 10-1 overall record, a perfect 9-0 mark en route to a Southland Conference titles and advanced to the FCS Playoffs. McNeese State’s rushing attack averaged 233.3 yards per game (2,566 on the year) and accounted for 25 touchdowns. The Cowboys averaged 25.5 yards on kick returns and 10.29 yards on punt returns.

In 2014 under Nagle’s tutelage, the Cowboys’ running back corps rushed for 2,441 yards and scored 28 touchdowns while marking the second straight season the Cowboys rushed for over 2,400 yards as a unit.

Nagle helped coach McNeese special teams to a record-breaking season in 2013 where the team set a new single-season record with 1,514 kickoff return yards and three KO returns for touchdowns.

A 2001 graduate of McNeese, Nagle played for the Cowboys for three years from 1999-2001, leading the team to two appearances in the NCAA playoffs and to a Southland Conference title. An all-conference selection during his playing time, he completed his career as the school’s seventh ranked performer in total offense (4,977 yards), sixth in passing yardage (4,596), fifth in passes attempted and completed (378 of 653) and fifth in touchdown passes (35). Nagle’s career completion percentage of .578 is one of the best in school history. In 2001 he quarterbacked the Cowboys to the SLC title, completing 113 of 198 passes for 1,279 yards and 14 touchdowns. During his career he had a 19-8 won-loss record as the Cowboy starting quarterback.

After graduating from McNeese, Nagle served as graduate assistant coach at Northwestern State (2002-03), as the quarterback coach at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College (2004-05), as the quarterback and wide receiver coach at Northwestern State (2006-09), as an administrative assistant working with the special teams at LSU (2009), as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Texas State (2010) and as the running backs/assistant head coach at Central Arkansas (2011).

Nagle earned all-state and all-district (three times) honors at Barbe High where he set school records for passing.

He signed with Clemson out of high school and played as a freshman before transferring to McNeese. His father, John, is a veteran football coach in the state on the college and high school level.

Nagle is married to his wife Kirby.

Birthdate: March 23, 1980
Wife: Kirby
College: McNeese, 2001

1998 Clemson (Quarterback)
1999-2001 McNeese (Quarterback)

2002-03 Northwestern State (Graduate Assistant)
2004-05 Dodge City (Kansas) Community College (Quarterbacks)
2006-09 Northwestern State (Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers)
2009 LSU (Special Teams)
2010 Texas State (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2011 Central Arkansas (Running Backs)
2012-15 McNeese State (Running Backs/Special Teams
2016-23 Tulane (Tight Ends, 2016-22; Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, 2023; Interim Head Coach, 2023 Bowl)
2024 LSU (Special Teams/Tight Ends)

Nagle Post-Season Experience

Season Bowl/Playoffs Team
2002 NCAA FCS Playoffs Northwestern State
2005 Heart of Texas (NJCAA) Dodge City CC
2009 Capital One LSU
2011 NCAA FCS Playoffs Central Arkansas
2013 NCAA FCS Playoffs McNeese
2015 NCAA FCS Playoffs McNeese
2018 AutoNation Cure Tulane
2019 Armed Forces Tulane
2020 Famous Idaho Potato Tulane
2022 Cotton Tulane
2023 Military Tulane