Mike Nesbitt
Biographical details
BornBelen, New Mexico
Alma materNew Mexico
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall25–17 (college)
Tournaments2–1 (NCAA D-II playoffs)

Mike Nesbitt is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of Ottawa University in Surprise, Arizona.[1] He served as the head football coach at West Texas A&M University from 2013 to 2016, compiling a record of 25–17. Nesbitt was the offensive coordinator for the Houston Cougars football team at the University of Houston at the start of the 2012 college football season. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University, West Texas A&M, and Blinn College. His 2006 Blinn team won the NJCAA national championship, and his 2010 West Texas A&M team ranked second in the nation with an average of 529 yards per game in total offense.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Nesbitt grew up in Belen, New Mexico, and played college football as a punter under head coach Dennis Franchione for the New Mexico Lobos.[2] He averaged 45 yards a punt as a junior, the second highest in New Mexico school history. And as a senior, he "led the nation in net punting."[3]

After his college career, Nesbitt pursued a career in professional football. In June 1994, he signed a contract to play professional football for the New Orleans Saints.[4][5] He was cut by the Saints in late August 1994.[6] The following year, he was re-signed by the Saints in March 1995.[7][8] He was again cut by the team in late August before the start of the regular season.[9]

In February 1996, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings.[10][11] He was released before the start of the regular season.[12][13][14]

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Nesbitt was as a head football coach at the high school level, including stints at his alma mater, Belen High School, and at Albuquerque, New Mexico's Manzano High School.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

In June 2001, Nesbitt left his position at Manzano High School to become the running backs and kicking coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.[23] After four years at Howard Payne Nesbitt accepted a post as the offensive coordinator at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. At Blinn, he worked under head coach Brad Franchione, the son of Dennis Franchione who had been Nesbitt's college coach.[2][24][25] During Nesbitt's two seasons at Blinn, the team compiled a 19-3 record and won the NJCAA national championship.[2][26][27][28]

From 2007 to 2010, he was an assistant coach at West Texas A&M. After three seasons as the quarterbacks coach, he became the offensive coordinator in 2010.[29] During the 2010 season, Nesbitt's offense was ranked as #2 in the nation with an average of 529 yards per game in total offense and #4 in scoring offense with an average of 42 points per game.[2][30][31]

In January 2011, Nesbitt became the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.[30][32] He spent only one year at Stephen H. Austin.[33][34]

In January 2012, Nesbitt was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Cougars football team under head coach Tony Levine.[35][36] His work with offense received favorable coverage during the spring and summer months.[37][38][39] However, after a 30-13 loss to Texas State in Houston's season opener, Nesbitt resigned his position as offensive coordinator.[40][41][42][43][44] The Houston Chronicle reported that Nesbitt was "forced to resign . . . in the wake of a stunning season-opening loss to Texas State."[45]

References[edit | edit source]

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  12. "Nesbitt Hoping His Career Will Set Sail With Vikings". Albuquerque Journal. August 3, 1996.(441 word story available on NewsBank)
  13. "Defense Turns Up the Heat in Spirited Practice". St. Paul Pioneer Press. July 31, 1996. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=PD&s_site=twincities&p_multi=SP&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB5E0A271BE7E0F&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.
  14. "Punter Is Getting Kicks With Nesbitt". Albuquerque Journal. August 16, 1996.(586 words, available on NewsBank)
  15. "Nesbitt Where He Wants To Be: Former Lobo Takes Over as Head Coach". Albuquerque Journal. February 6, 1997. http://business.highbeam.com/2872/article-1G1-107612230/nesbitt-he-wants.
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  17. "Back Home". Albuquerque Journal. August 23, 1997. http://business.highbeam.com/2872/article-1G1-107598329/back-home.
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  20. "Young blood pumped to take over at Manzano". The Albuquerque Tribune. February 23, 2000. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-108344598/young-blood-pumped-take.html.
  21. "Nesbitt Comes Back Into Football Fold". Albuquerque Journal. August 31, 2000. http://business.highbeam.com/2872/article-1G1-107009259/nesbitt-comes-back-into-football-fold.
  22. "His home away from home". The Albuquerque Tribune. October 13, 2000. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-108335112/his-home-away-home.html.
  23. "Ocampo Is Manzano's New Football Coach". Albuquerque Journal. June 1, 2001. http://business.highbeam.com/2872/article-1G1-76807102/ocampo-manzano-new-football-coach.
  24. "Franchione son follows dad into football head coaching ranks". ESPN.com (AP story). August 13, 2005. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=ncf&id=2133195.
  25. Ed Johnson (December 4, 2006). "Nesbitt, Spotted Wolf, Franchione Have a Shot at a National JC Crown". Albuquerque Journal. http://www.abqjournal.com/sports/517924sports12-04-06.htm.
  26. "Blinn wins fourth national championship in dramatic fashion 31-26 over Fort Scott". KBTX-TV. 2009-12-06. http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/78654127.html. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  27. "Nesbitt rarely has to deal with defeat on the field, The Keys to their Success". Amarillo Globe-News. November 10, 2007. http://amarillo.com/stories/111007/wts_8884365.shtml.
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  29. "West Texas A&M Spring Football Capsule". Amarillo Globe-News. April 4, 2010. http://amarillo.com/stories/040410/wts_wtsports4.shtml.
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  31. "Former Blinn OC Accepts Same Post At SFA". KBTX.com. January 11, 2011. http://www.kbtx.com/sports/headlines/Former_Blinn_OC_Accepts_Same_Post_At_SFA_113322474.html.
  32. "Nesbitt takes control of SFA offense". The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches. July 24, 2011. http://dailysentinel.com/sports/article_45ccde6c-b664-11e0-877c-001cc4c03286.html?mode=image&photo=0.
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  44. "Houston Cougars offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt resigns". The Sporting News. September 3, 2012. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-09-03/houston-cougars-offensive-coordinator-mike-nesbitt-resigns-tony-Levine.
  45. Joseph Duarte (September 3, 2012). "UH changes offensive coordinators in reaction to Texas St. loss". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/sports/cougars/article/UH-changes-offensive-coordinators-in-reaction-to-3836984.php.

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