Walt Nadzak

American football player and coach, baseball player and coach, college athletic administrator

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Walt Nadzak
Biographical details
Born (1936-07-14) July 14, 1936 (age 86)
Alma materDenison University (1957)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1968Muskingum (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1985–2000The Citadel
Head coaching record
Overall69–65–5 (football)
1–1 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 MAC Northern Division (1973)
1 Yankee (1982)

Walter Nadzak Jr. (born July 14, 1936) is a former college football coach, college baseball coach, and athletic director.[1] Nadzak's 35-year career took him to four schools, serving as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Division III Muskingum, head football coach and athletic director at Juniata, head football coach at then-Division I-AA Connecticut, and finally athletic director at The Citadel.[2]

Playing career

Nadzak played football and baseball at Division III Denison, where he was a four-year letterman in both sports.

After graduation, Nadzak was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, in which he served for eight years.[3]

Coaching career


Nadzak coached for eight seasons at Juniata, leading the Eagles to the inaugural Division III national championship game.[4]


Nadzak coached UConn for six seasons, including a pair of Yankee Conference co-championships.[5]

The Citadel

The Southern Conference baseball tournament Most Outstanding Player award is named for Nadzak, in recognition of his time running the event. The tournament took up long time residence in Charleston as a result.[5]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Juniata Indians (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1969–1976)
1969 Juniata 5–3 4–2 4th (Northern)
1970 Juniata 2–6–1 1–6 6th (Northern)
1971 Juniata 3–4–2 1–4–2 T–4th (Northern)
1972 Juniata 6–3 5–1 2nd (Northern)
1973 Juniata 10–2 5–1 1st (Northern) L NCAA Division III Championship
1974 Juniata 7–2 5–1 2nd (Northern)
1975 Juniata 6–3 4–2 2nd (Northern)
1976 Juniata 6–3 3–3 T–3rd (Northern)
Juniata: 45–26–3 28–20–2
Connecticut Huskies (Yankee Conference) (1977–1982)
1977 Connecticut 1–10 1–4 T–4th
1978 Connecticut 4–7 3–2 T–2nd
1979 Connecticut 3–6–2 3–1–1 3rd
1980 Connecticut 7–3 3–2 3rd
1981 Connecticut 4–7 1–4 T–5th
1982 Connecticut 5–6 3–2 T–1st
Connecticut: 24–39–2 14–15–1
Total: 69–65–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Nadzak New Citadel AD". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. February 26, 1985. p. B4. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Richard Jablonski (February 26, 1985). "Nadzak Named Citadel AD". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. C1. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Walter Nadzak". DenisonBigRed.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Glory days of the Juniata football program". Juniatian.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Walt Nadzak". Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
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